VHC HEALTH PEDIATRIC CENTER

Arlington Pediatric Center is a medical home, they provide quality, compassionate outpatient medical care to children birth through 18 years of age living in low income families in Arlington who do not otherwise have access to care.  Our grant is used to help cover the cost of patient visits.  Approximately 11.5% of visits each year are for uninsured children, whose care is provided free of charge.  A total of 3,200 children will be seen during 15,400 visits over the next year, so anticipate 1771 visits will be provided free of charge and an even larger number will be reimbursed at a rate that is less than the actual cost of providing the care.  Because  reimbursement does not cover the cost of care, APC relies on community support for 40% of its budget.  Our club also collects boxes of children books to be given to patients at the Center.

Among our service projects, we assist AFAC in bagging food supplies every second Wednesday, collect children’s books to be given gratis each child visiting the Arlington Pediatric Clinic, read to elementary students at Aspire! After-School Learning and to Randolph Elementary School children on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, assist Salvation Army ring bells for their red kettle Christmas campaign and participate in iCanShine bike program in the summer helping kids with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike. 

We support and chaperone the Key Club officers attending the state or district convention where they network with peers who will become future civic leaders.

In the last five years, we have become known for our annual blueberry sales, our biggest fundraiser. Some other  examples are Arlington Thrive, PRS Crisis Link, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Aspire! After School Learning, Arlington YMCA, Arlington 4-H, Girls on the Run, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), National Capital Treatment & Recovery, and many others.

We support athletic clubs with soccer balls and fund high school senior graduation night, give scholarships to worthy rising college freshman and fund grants to high school mothers trying to finish their education while parenting, sometimes solo, in the Terrific Parent program.