For many in our Central Oregon community, 2017 has started off as a very tough year. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by abrupt changes in our National policies. However, one of the best ways to overcome those feelings is to make a positive impact in our local community. Right now.
At Pine Mountain Sports we recognize that Bend is growing. As our population increases, the needs and demands on our social services here in Central Oregon are also increasing. We believe that it’s our responsibility to embrace the volunteers who are working their asses off to serve our neighbors and Bend residents with real needs – and we are asking for your help.
Pine Mountain Sports is continuing the work of our new Community Ambassador Program. These Community Ambassadors have each pledged to give $500 to a very deserving, and underfunded, non-profit organization of our choice. (In 2016 our Community Ambassadors donated $22,736 to CASA of Central Oregon!)
For 2017 we are focusing these efforts on Volunteers in Medicine – Clinic of the Cascades. Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) provides healthcare on a donation basis to low-income, working adults who live in Central Oregon and have no medical insurance or means to pay for care.
VIM provides patients with primary and specialty medical care, prescription medications, mental health care, basic optometry, dental cleanings, and targeted health education programs. VIM’s patients are adults who are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act programs and have annual incomes that are less than 250% of the federal poverty level, with the average household income of about 125%, or $31,000 for a family of four.
The majority of VIM’s patients work multiple part-time jobs in construction, landscaping, various trades, restaurants, hospitality
Most patients have one or more chronic conditions that are managed with medical oversight and access to care, which we would like to help fund. VIM leverages free medication, medical supplies, and pro-bono care in the community to provide $7 of care for every $1 we raise!
We are asking you to join us in becoming a Community Ambassador. By pledging $500 directly to Volunteers in Medicine, you would provide $3500 in health care and join the ranks of local businesses and concerned citizens who are working to make a big, big difference in 2017.
This is not just for businesses. We also have commitments from numerous private families and individuals like you who have committed to making our community better for everyone! With your help we can provide stability and a brighter future for our less fortunate neighbors in Central Oregon.
Are you with us?
Please feel free to email VIM@PineMountainSports.com (this email comes straight to me) with any questions you may have for me. We will be recognizing all our Community Ambassadors at this years Powderhound Preview on Wed Nov 15, 2017.
Get some! Give some.
Dan McGarigle, Owner
Pine Mountain Sports