The Gutenstein Family Foundation is an Early Supporter of Paso a Paso

I’ve been so incredibly fortunate and lucky in this life,” says Robert Gutenstein, a longtime supporter of BVMI. “If giving a few bucks can give others a huge boost, why wouldn’t you do just that?”

Bob is a humble man who believes in the power of generosity as being a force behind change. “I believe in being a force multiplier, so I support those who help people who are in great need.”


In the last few weeks of 2016, over 125 families, community foundations, corporations, and supporters gave to BVMI. YOU make each and every day at BVMI possible.

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The Gift of a Day

Our donors give us a gift every day by making it possible for us to open our doors 
and provide vital healthcare for our hardworking Bergen County neighbors.

And every day that we open our doors, we change lives.

Local Events Make a World of Difference

Popular interior decorating and design company,Greenbaum Interiors,joined forces with lifestyle magazine Bergen Health & Life to host a July event for BVMI at their beautiful showroom in Ridgewood. More than 50 people attended, giving BVMI the opportunity meet with local business owners and community members.

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The Paneks Share Their Love for BVMI

Sue and Bob Panek have achieved something special: they just observed their 44th wedding anniversary!


To celebrate, they threw a big party – with a twist. As long-time supporters of BVMI, they asked their friends, family and colleagues to forego bringing gifts and instead make a donation to BVMI in their honor.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC Hosts First BVMI Jeans Day

Recently, BVMI received a check from RBC Capital Markets, LLC, in New York City. Employees at the firm had chosen BVMI as the beneficiary of the Jeans Charity program, which raised more than $5,660 for BVMI.

“BVMI board member Mike Azzara kicked off the RBC BVMI Jeans Charity campaign with a visit to RBC Capital Markets in January 2016. At a packed trading floor meeting to start the day, Mike’s message and BVMI’s mission impressed us all. The result was an all-time Jeans 

Support Straight from the Source

SUEZ (formerly United Water) is a good corporate citizen, supporting many local nonprofit and educational organizations. BVMI is fortunate to be one of those agencies, receiving contributions of time, talent and treasure.

TD Bank Hosts BVMI Volunteers

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) welcomed more than 80 guests to its annual Volunteer Appreciation party, hosted by TD Bank. BVMI volunteers, who play a critical role in providing free healthcare to low-income, working, uninsured Bergen County adults, donated more than $503,000 in professional services last year.

BCB Community Bank is a Good Friend to BVMI

BCB Community Bank is new to Bergen County and new to BVMI, but they’re already a good friend!

Thank you, BCSF!

The Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation (BCSF), committed to “helping women survive,” has been a supporter of BVMI for four years. BCSF offers grants to healthcare facilities that provide free mammograms and breast diagnostic services to uninsured and low-income patients; BVMI was selected as one of 49 free clinics nationwide to receive funding.

“It Takes a Village…”

We’ve all heard, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We at BVMI know it takes a good neighbor to sustain a community.

BVMI’s Greatest Need

For six years, gala guests have  responded generously to BVMI’s request for support during the Greatest Need portion of the evening. This year it was Mike Azzara, BVMI’s former chairman of the board, who asked people to “dig deep.” And they did.

“It’s the Way the World Should Work”

Elaine Adler, together with her husband Mike, is no stranger to the world of philanthropy and non-profits.  They are the founders of the Adler Aphasia Center and created their eponymous foundation.

Honoring a Former Employer

A couple of weeks ago a very generous donation came unsolicited from a person we didn’t know. Our curiosity was piqued and we contacted the person to thank them and find out more about the gift.

Volunteering Today – Protecting Tomorrow

It was 2004 and BVMI was a barely-formed spark in the minds of a few people – all of them medically oriented. BVMI was fortunate that Janet Finke answered their call to bring her knowledge and experience of non-profit organization management to the group.

Moving BVMI Forward

“Emily and I first became involved with BVMI because of Allen Demby, who encouraged me to join the BVMI board,” said Rolf Henel.  “Then, we increased our commitment – with both time and money – because we were impressed with the doctors and nurses who were volunteering."

Passion for Primary Care

Speak with Jim Kagen for even the briefest of moments and you’ll be convinced of his passion for primary care centers, the underserved population they help and his desire to provide funding to sustain them. As proof, the Chartis Foundation has donated more than $1 million to more than 30 nonprofits and BVMI ranks high on this list.

With BVMI Since the Beginning

It all started when a BVMI trustee told a Russell Berrie Foundation board member about an innovative health care initiative in Bergen County that provides free care for patients who cannot afford health insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. The Russell Berrie Foundation responded, awarding its first grant to BVMI for $5,000.

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