Medical center volunteers is closing in on its goal of raising $10 million for its new, larger facility.

Cheryl White, CEO of CVIM, announced at a community event on Thursday that she has already raised more than $6 million for her “Build for a healthier future campaignthanks to the support of CIHM supporters and the community.

The building at 2026 Sandy Drive at State College has already been purchased, but renovations will be required to give CVIM 11,000 square feet of exam and office space in an energy-efficient building with state-of-the-art technology.

“The space limitation in our current 6,700 square foot facility has significantly restricted us from some things,” White said. “We have struggled to continue to increase our volume of patient care at the same time as the needs. We struggle to expand education and wellness programs such as nutrition and diabetes education, launch new programs, and recruit additional volunteers.

White said CVIM requires a facility with enough space for patients, staff and volunteers.

CVIM also hopes to create endowments in each of its service areas for things like maintaining and improving equipment, making “modest upgrades” as needed, and keeping up with growing demand for its services, it said. White said.

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Center Volunteers in Medicine is hosting a $10 million fundraiser for their new facility at 2026 Sandy Drive at State College. Abby Drey [email protected]

CVIM is the only free clinic in Center County and provides medical, dental, behavioral health, case management, and prescription services to low-income and uninsured individuals. More than 11,000 Center County residents are without medical insurance and 30,000 are without dental insurance, according to a CIHC news release. The demand for services has never been higher, he says.

Speaking at the event were Senate President pro tempore Jake CormanTownship of R-Benner, and State Representative Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte. White said he helped CVIM secure $2.5 million in grants through the Redevelopment Aid Capital program.

Corman said his office receives many requests for dollars to help build a project and while reviewing requests internally, they ask if there is community feedback and if he is supported by the community.

“This has a significant return to the community, not only improving health care for the citizens of this community, but also saving us money. They use it as primary care, they don’t get sicker, where they ended up using the ER as a place to get their primary care and so it saves us money,” Corman said.

Benninghoff said he enjoys bragging about CIHR and talking about how it has grown and evolved over the years.

“…The volunteer hours of the people who served there, whatever their ability, have always impressed me greatly. I mean, we’ve talked about the professional teams, the doctors and the nurses, but there’s an awful lot of others, behind the scenes, ordinary citizens who put in maybe an hour, maybe three hours a week. You give back to this community,” Benninghoff said.

White thanked the volunteers and staff who make CIHR possible.

“To give you an example of our service and our success, CVIM has administered over 43,000 vaccines since becoming available last year,” White said. “…It should be noted that we have administered more vaccines than any other free clinic in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

To learn more about the campaign or to donate, visit cvim.net/build-a-future.

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A room at the Center Volunteers in Medicine that is currently used to administer coronavirus vaccines, but will become an exam room. Abby Drey [email protected]

Halie Kines reports on local government for the Center Daily Times. She grew up in Penns Valley and graduated from Penn State.