Current news and updates regarding the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Community.

The myWalgreens Donation Program

LVIM is participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine through May 31st. At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens cash rewards you’ll be making a big difference. It really adds up!

March 2022 Volunteer of the Month


Gretchen Hesse is our Volunteer of the Month for March 2022.

Gretchen serves as an Intake Screener on Wednesdays.

Gretchen has served at LVIM for 9 months and has 310 hours.

Before coming to LVIM Gretchen lived in California and worked as an ICU nurse for 20 years and ran a large nonprofit that provided food, housing, and social services to clients.

Gretchen’s favorite part of volunteering at LVIM is doing something that makes a difference in the lives of her peers.

Thank you, Gretchen, for all you do for our patients!

February 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Julia Stauffer is our Volunteer of the Month for February 2022. She serves as an Intake Screener and is a member of our Volunteer Advisory Committee. Before becoming an Intake Screener Julia served as a Curbside Check-In Greeter. Julia has served for a year and a half and has 370 volunteer hours.
Julia is currently a student at USF majoring in Health Information Technology. Her expected graduation date is December 2023. Her favorite part about volunteering at LVIM is the people. Julia enjoys working with the patients, volunteers, and staff.
Thank you, Julia, for all you do for LVIM!♥️

2022 Swansorship Opportunities Now Available!

LVIM supporters!

We are excited to announce that the 2022 Swansorship opportunities are now available for the 2022 Swan Derby.

Follow the link below to review the Swansorship Package.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sonia Glisson, Director of Development at 863-606-1552 or



Donations Accepted

LVIM will accept donations of unused diabetic supplies and inhalers ONLY. If you have other medical supplies or medications, that you would like to donate, please try contacting Lighthouse Ministries or The Talbot House. Thank you.

We Are Now Members with NAFC

About NAFC..
Welcome to the NAFC, a national voice promoting quality health care for all.
Building a Healthy America One Person at a Time. Support Free and Charitable Clinics Where Medical Care for the Underserved Isn’t a Dream, It’s Reality.
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, and the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation.
WE BELIEVE access to health care should be a right, not a privilege.
WE VALUE human dignity and ACCESS to quality, compassionate health care.
WE VALUE the individuality of our member clinics and their ability to adapt to community needs and resources.
WE VALUE volunteerism.

WE VALUE community ownership, service and collaboration.

COVID-19 Position Statement

On August 19, 2021, the LVIM Board of Trustees officially adopted the

LVIM COVID-19 Position Statement.

In summary, it states:

In response to COVID-19, LVIM remains focused on maintaining operations, stewarding resources, and continuing to live up to our mission to provide high-quality, compassionate, free healthcare to the working uninsured of Polk County, FL.  At LVIM, the Circle of Caring is the foundation of our culture:

May we have eyes to see those rendered invisible and excluded,

Open arms and hearts to reach out and include them,

Healing hands to touch their lives with love,

And in the process heal ourselves.


LVIM provides access to healthcare, education, prevention and primary healthcare to ensure that our clients get well and stay well so they can stay out of the hospital, continue living fulfilling lives, provide for their families, and contribute to the greater community.

LVIM is also built on the foundation of volunteers and takes very seriously the call to protect those who serve our clients.

LVIM’s COVID-19 Position, Policies and Procedures reflect this culture of caring.

At LVIM, we believe that kindness, love, and respect are universal.

And, it is LVIM’s strong conviction that masks and vaccinations

are the most effective tools to stop the spread of COVID-19.


To read our full Position Statement please click here.

We earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency!

Our organization earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can
see our strategy, metrics, and achievements. Check out our updated #NonprofitProfile
on Candid: [] and search Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine.



Quit Your Way!

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding help should be!

LVIM and Tobacco Free Florida have teamed up to bring you
QUIT YOUR WAY smoking cessation classes.

For details and registration information,
please scan or click the QR code in the flyer above.

To jump straight to registration, please click here.

Welcome Alyssa!

Please join us in welcoming Alyssa Piccari to our team!


Alyssa will begin her journey as LVIM’s Executive Assistant on Monday, July 26th. 

In this role, she will be supporting LVIM’s executive team in many ways. 

Alyssa is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a minor in marketing.  She currently volunteers with EMERGE Plant City, an organization that works to provide young professionals with business networking connections that inspire, enrich and develop individuals both personally and professionally. As a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, she has extensive volunteer experience with Girl Scouts and Prevent Child Abuse America. Most recently, she worked as a mortgage associate with Equity Resources, Inc.  When asked what her proudest professional moment has been, she relayed an experience that allowed her to help an elderly woman find a way to buy her first home, making her client’s lifelong dream come true.  Alyssa’s heart for people and for helping will fit right in at LVIM.