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The Hispanic Chamber is working to close the equity gap for Latino college students in Oregon, and southwest Washington. The Hispanic Chamber has partnered with the Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and private donors to fund a long-term scholarship for Latino students. The application for 2020 is now open, and can be accessed here.

County Employees Donate to CVIM

Clackamas County employees recently rallied support for a struggling nonprofit where free medical care is provided by volunteers and a handful of staff. Clackamas County’s Mental Health Clinic (MHC) and Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) have different missions but are connected by their passion for access to care. Both clinics opened in 2012 and serve many of the same patients. 

“CVIM helps so many of our clients without insurance coverage,” said Jeffrey Anderson, MHC’s crisis program supervisor, “and we wanted to recognize the generosity and kindness of their providers and volunteers.”

MHC provides mental health crisis support, without regard to ability to pay, to people who often are at the lowest point in their lives. CVIM is a free health clinic serving uninsured and underinsured adults who often have had lifetimes of inadequate medical care.

While the county-operated clinic is well-maintained and able to provide living wages to its staff, CVIM operates out of an increasingly dilapidated converted warehouse and is funded through donations. Like its patients, CVIM worries about making the rent each month.

MHC sends clients who don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford insurance to CVIM for medical care and CVIM refers patients in mental health crisis to the MHC.

Connections between the clinics recently went deeper as MHC staff organized a chili contest followed by a pie contest and a cookie contest to raise over $500 collectively. Last week they presented their holiday contest proceeds to CVIM Executive Director Martha Spiers.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Spiers said. “I was overwhelmed. This will help so many of our patients.”




Dr. Ken Martin sees his work with CVIM a “win-win” situation.  At the Founders Clinic, Dr. Martin can teach interns, focus on compassionate, patient-centered healthcare and give back to his community. Read on here.


We are happy to introduce our new Development Director, Rebekah Singh! Rebekah comes to CVIM with more than 15 years experience in marketing, communications, and nonprofit development. Her past experience includes working with nonprofit campaigns and growth development. When she is not working with CVIM, Rebekah and her husband are raising four sons and a spirited adventure dog, enjoying all of the Pacific Northwest’s treasures!


The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (‘OLSHF’) held its annual awards dinner and fundraising gala November 10th at the Elysian Ballroom in downtown Portland. Among the gala’s awards and award recipients was Dr. Barbara Briscoe and CVIM!

The ‘Vision Provider of the Year’ award was presented to Dr. Barbara Briscoe/ Founders Clinic-Volunteers in Medicine Clackamas. Since our partnership began in 2015, Dr. Briscoe has ordered more than 300 pairs of glasses for patients at her clinic and to patients referred by the local Lions Clubs. Because of her dedication to help people who are uninsured or underinsured and below the 200% poverty level, she volunteers as an optometrist at the Founders Clinic where hundreds of Oregonians have received complete, free eye exams and received low cost glasses through the Optical Finishing Lab.