Meet our volunteers
We are proud to feature photos and quotes from those of our administrative volunteers who chose to participate in a brief questionnaire.
We wouldn’t exist without all of our generous volunteers. They do our outreach and communications, fundraising and reception… their generous donations of time, skills and expertise are invaluable.
For a complete listing of all Winter 2016-17 administrative volunteers, please click here.
“Health insurance is such a quality of life issue. Using my public relations experience I hope to help VIM gain the recognition it deserves for delivering caring healthcare services to those in need.”
I love being able to use my background in Event Planning as I work on fundraising projects for VIM. It ‘s very satisfying to see and hear the positive results of the hard work of the volunteers and staff – to know that VIM makes such a difference in so many lives. Without VIM, many people in the area would be without health care.
All three of my previous roles as a teacher, a computer programmer and an HR specialist for technical education have provided me with skills and experience that I can bring to bear in working as a receptionist at VIM. I decided to volunteer at VIM to see if I could be of some use to a non-profit doing some good.
I am impressed by the careful respect with which VIM treats patients, employees and volunteers, as they provide professional-level health care to people who otherwise cannot get such care.
I see my volunteer work at VIM as helping meet a community need. I have been working as a receptionist for over a year now, and I admire the outreach and help that VIM offers to people in our community who have no medical or dental insurance.
“VIM is wonderful! We are having such an impact on the community, changing and bettering the lives of so many. Our very small staff and our volunteers are committed, dedicated, and incredibly efficient people.”
I’m a retired school principal, but I’m using my bilingual skills in my role at VIM. I volunteer because I know the organization is needed and there is a philosophical fit with my beliefs. The clinic offers significant services to those who cannot get them otherwise. VIM clinicians have a genuine concern for their clients – a serious concern for the whole person, medical, social and psychological.
I volunteer at VIM because I think it’s an important part of the community. It provides help to those who have no place to turn for medical assistance. I worked in advertising for many years in New York, overseeing radio and television production departments. All the people at VIM – volunteers, clinicians and staff – are caring people who take the time to really get to know the patients.
“VIM is a lifesaver! I say that as someone with many years experience as a hospital volunteer. VIM patients are treated with dignity and respect; staff go out of their way to make them comfortable.”
“I find my skills as an ordained minister and a psychiatric/mental health nurse have been a great help during my two years at VIM. I value that patients are cared for in such gentle and respectful ways.”
Everyone should have medical care, even if they can’t afford it. The Berkshire’s economy is dependent on many of our clients working in local businesses. VIM supports those who would fall through the cracks, keeping them healthy, working and independent. During my 8 years volunteering at the reception desk I have always observed staff and volunteer clinicians who are compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated to delivering wonderful patient care with great respect.
“I love my job as a receptionist, and I love the fantastic volunteers! Patients, in turn, show their appreciation for the care they get — they can’t say enough good things about VIM!”
I fully embrace VIM’s mission. My work experience before retirement was in University administration, and I think that has helped me with the kind of organizational issues that crop up as I work the reception desk. I value the teamwork and commitment to the patients by clinicians and other volunteers at VIM, and the fact that VIM delivers medical and dental care to underserved communities.
I have always been drawn to volunteering, especially in the medical field. I also wanted an outlet for my knowledge of Spanish. I taught Spanish at Lee High School for my entire career. I was raised in the Dominican Republic and Philippine Islands which gave me a real appreciation for cultural diversity. I see VIM as a community unto itself, with most patients forming warm relationships with staff, and each and every provider helping to create a very welcoming atmosphere.
“I have spent many years in health-related organizations. I love the non-judgmental attitude toward patients and the often life-altering interventions that VIM provides. It’s an extra plus to be able to use my Spanish again.”