'Finally': Bergen towns gear up vaccine clinics for seniors as supply crunch eases

Monsy Alvarado,, March 4, 2021

Amanda Missey, CEO of BVMI speaks at a clinic in Hackensack to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to city residents.

Monsy Alvarado,, March 3, 2021

Using Volunteers to Provide Healthcare to Uninsured Adults

Think Tank with Steve Adubato, March 2021

Leading A Nonprofit Through a Crisis: 

Executives, Board, Staff, Volunteers, & Donors

Reprinted from, February 5, 2021

Jewish Standard

Combatting Food Insecurity

Local groups fight pandemic effects by connecting with each other.

Apr 17, 2020

Jewish Standard

Helping the Helpers

Russell Berrie Foundation grants target new world of medical care.  

Sep 24, 2019

Horizon Health News

Investing in the Health and Wealth of Our Communities: Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is preventable and it’s one of the fastest-growing epidemics in New Jersey. Learn what Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ is doing to combat this health issue and why they are partnering with BVMI.

Jun 27, 2019

One on One with Steve Adubato

On Air! with Amanda Missey

BVMI CEO Amanda Missey goes One on One with Steve Adubato on NJTV!

Jun 24, 2019

Hackensack Regional Times

Win-Win Solutions

Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Group Creates Win-Win Solutions

Mar 26, 2019

Rio Review

Making a Difference

Making a Difference:  Ron Saldarini and Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative 

Feb 20, 2019

A Tribute to our Founder

Sam Cassell Tribute

The Bergen Record remembers our founder, Dr Sam Cassell

Dec 31, 2018

Volunteer inspired by work at BVMI

Our Volunteers

One of our generous volunteers describes the personal benefits of working at BVMI

Jun 14, 2018

CVS Health Foundation Awards Grant to New Jersey Clinic

Tap into Hackensack

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI), a privately funded primary care facility in Hackensack, received a $20,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation earlier this week.

Oct 17, 2017

Nonprofits News for 10/22/2017

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Englewood that serves eastern Bergen County, awarded $161,500 in annual grants to 23 agencies and the Harriet Tanner Impact Grant. 

Oct 07, 2017

Helping the uninsured

The Jewish Standard

Nearly a decade ago, when she was at Friday night services at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, Carole Feingold of Fair Lawn heard something that immediately caused her to “sit up straight.”

Aug 23, 2017

Volunteers needed: doctors, nurses to care for the uninsured of Bergen County

Volunteer doctors and nurses are needed to help treat Bergen County's uninsured, working poor at the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative's health center in Hackensack.  The center moved to new and larger offices on Essex Street earlier this year, and has seen an uptick in the number of patients seeking care. 

Aug 03, 2017

Hometown Hero: Samuel Cassell, MD

Bergen Health & Life

Sam Cassell experienced his share of healthcare milestones during his approximately four decades in pulmonary and internal medicine, but two life-altering encounters happened after he retired from practice in 2001. 

Aug 02, 2017

Nonprofit News: August 2017

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, which provides free primary and preventive healthcare to Bergen County adults, elected Jill Altana, Diego Coira, Michael Faust, Jonathan Mays, and Zachary Meli to serve a three-year term on the board of trustees.

Jun 19, 2017

BVMI Opens New Facility

Meadowands USA

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI)—a licensed nonprofit healthcare center that provides free primary care to uninsured, low-income, working Bergen County residents—recently opened the doors of its new 5,000 sq. ft. facility, and is looking for new patients and volunteers as its operation expands.

May 14, 2017

Five with Five: Bergen moms muse on motherhood

Every mom knows the experience of being a mother can be joyful, exhilarating, exhausting. But not too many moms know that experience five times over. This Mother’s Day, we celebrate those moms. We are telling the tales of five local mothers with five kids each. Read more about two of BVMI's fantastic volunteers. 

May 01, 2017

Acts of Kindness: BVMI Volunteers Provide Health Care to Residents in Need

(201) Health

Volunteer physician Dr. Heidi Ahlborn says, "Volunteering at BVMI is one of the highlights of my week. I love serving this community of people. They are humble and gracious and thankful. These are the people mowing our lawns, working in kitchens, working in laundries, nail salons, cleaning our houses; services we want. They have no insurance or access to affordable health care. We provide this."

Apr 23, 2017

Bergen's Inaugural Care Fair Draws a Crowd & The Record

“When people come to the county, they frequently say, ‘We never knew you had such-and-such a program or such-and-such a service,'” said Jane Linter, Bergen County’s director of human services, who was among the principal organizers of the event, sponsored by The Record and area health care providers. “Our goal is to get as much information out to residents as possible.”

Apr 11, 2017

Hackensack Health Center Serving Working Poor Relocates & The Record

The new Lynn Diamond Healthcare Center, located at 75 Essex Street, was built and partially funded by Greater Bergen Community Action. It is named after a long-time supporter who donated $1 million to the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, which runs the center.

Mar 24, 2017

New Free Healthcare Center Opens In Hackensack

Daily Voice

The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) – which offers free health care – has opened its new, 5,000-square-foot center in Hackensack.

Mar 01, 2017

Listening Counts

Volunteers in Medicine

Body pain and frequent headache. This was the profile for “Martha,” who came to the U.S. from Columbia and to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) in 2010. 

Feb 22, 2017

Got Time, Ridgewood Seniors? Volunteering Fair Arrives March 5

Daily Voice

The Ridgewood Public Library and Age Friendly Ridgewood are reaching out to area seniors, to try to match folks' skills and interests to an array of volunteer opportunities that are available in the community.

Jan 14, 2017

NNJCF's ArtsBergen Connect the Dots Networking Event

New Jersey Stage

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative kicks-off 2017 with the first Connect the Dots networking event. The public is invited to spark connections for community-based art. 

Jan 09, 2017

Josef Machac & 201 Magazine

In 2013, Dr. Josef Machac, a respected professional in the medical community, found himself at a crossroads. 

Jan 09, 2017

BVMI volunteer, Dr. Josef Machac, makes 'Best Doctor' list

Dr. Josef Machac, a cardiologist and recently retired director of nuclear medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital was, for the third year in a row, named one of the "Best Doctors in New York" by New York Magazine.

Dec 01, 2016

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) Adds Mental Healthcare For Uninsured in Bergen County

Paramus Stigma Free Zone

BVMI began administering a mental health screening to all patients in 2015. This year, a $40,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation enabled them to hire a part-time, bilingual social worker, Kathy Acosta, LCSW.

Nov 02, 2016

Larger Free Health Center To Open In Hackensack At Christmas

Daily Voice

The new Hackensack digs of a medical center that provides free health care to 1,000 Bergen County patients is rapidly progressing.

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