Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) held its annual recognition party to thank its volunteers for sharing their time and talents and exemplifying BVMI’s culture of caring. Donated volunteer time in 2017 was valued at more than $594,500.
“BVMI could not provide the quality care to its low-income, uninsured neighbors without the generosity and compassion of BVMI’s volunteers. And, for that, we are very, very grateful!” said BVMI President/CEO Amanda Missey.
Westy’s Self Storage in Hackensack hosted the event and their spacious atrium was the perfect setting for the gathering. Chef Kelly Carroll and his talented students from the Hackensack High School Culinary Arts program prepared and served an array of tasty appetizers and delicious cuisine for the evening. Local craft beer was provided, compliments of The Alementary Brewing Company. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had the opportunity to mingle with their fellow volunteers; many, who work on different days, actually met for the first time.
BVMI President/CEO Amanda Missey gave a shout out to all of the volunteers and specifically recognized Randi Paul-Heskins and nurses Ellen Menschel, Sue Panek and Nancy Baker (pictured in the photo above) and Dr. Scott Agins for their five years of service with BVMI. In fact, thirty-nine of the volunteers have been with BVMI for five years or more! J&J Pharmacy was recognized for underwriting the event and for their long-time partnership in providing life-changing care to our patients by offering discounted medicines and donating needed supplies to our healthcare center.
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) is a licensed nonprofit healthcare center that provides free primary care to uninsured, low-income, working Bergen County residents. BVMI serves about 1,000 patients annually and has a team of 55 licensed volunteer medical professionals who help treat those patients. BVMI’s free healthcare is available for adults living in Bergen County who are working, don’t have health insurance, don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and earn 300 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.