HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Rather than receive gifts for their 44th wedding anniversary, Oakland residents Sue and Bob Panek asked friends, loved ones and colleagues to make a gift in their honor to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative in Hackensack.
BVMI is particularly special to Sue because she’s a nurse volunteer, as well as a loyal donor.
She said BVMI is her favorite charity because every time she volunteers at its health care center, she gets to see and be a part of the "Culture of Caring" BVMI is so proud of.
“I see the good we do," she said. "Where would our patients go if we weren’t here? I love the care we give because it is so integrated and the access to specialists is unbelievable. Everyone here cares. Everyone here believes in what we do.”
The love Sue and Bob have shared for 44 years is now being shared with BVMI. Their generosity and desire to “pay it forward” ensures BVMI can continue to provide free health care to the uninsured in Bergen County, according to a release from BVMI.
For people who have an upcoming celebration and are interested in following the Paneks' example, BVMI can provide personalized note cards and other materials to help them celebrate their special day while supporting a great cause.
Those who are interested can contact Samantha Poremba at (201) 518-8487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BVMI does not receive payments from patients, reimbursement from insurance companies or support from the government, according to a release from BVMI. The organization relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations, the release said. The BVMI Healthcare Center, a state-licensed ambulatory care facility, is at 241 Moore St., Hackensack. For additional information, visit http://www.bvmi.org/.
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