Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund Grant

Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund Grant

Press Release Banner

We Care Manatee, Inc. Receives Grant from the Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation

Contact: Victoria Kasdan. Executive Director

941-755-3952 ext. 2 /

Bradenton, Florida, October 3, 2016—We Care Manatee, Inc. (We Care) is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. These funds will support We Care Manatee’s mission of providing a cost effective, private sector solution to Manatee County’s uninsured health care needs by connecting eligible County residents with the care they need from local physicians.

This generous grant will assist We Care in offsetting operational and program costs associated with meeting the growing need for preventive screenings, diagnostic testing, and medical care, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. We Care offers four unique programs to support eligible uninsured, low-income residents of the Manatee County community. We Care’s specialty physician referral program provides access to more than 80 volunteer physician specialists who donate their time and services. The pharmaceutical assistance program offers certain prescription medications with refills at no cost. We Care’s breast health and wellness offering provides preventive and diagnostic mammograms, as well as breast ultrasound, MRI and surgical consultation at no charge. We Care also operates a free primary care clinic, staffed by dedicated employees and volunteer physicians, for diagnosing and managing acute and chronic health care needs.

“This generous support will maintain the great momentum we gathered last year in helping more than 1,200 patients get needed care and support at no cost to them. We are grateful for having received it,” said Victoria Kasdan, R.N., MPH and We Care Manatee executive director. “Through the generosity of the Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and our donors and volunteers, We Care Manatee is able to serve our patients with the primary and specialty care they need, when they need it.”

About We Care Manatee, Inc.

We Care Manatee, Inc. provides free, quality medical care and referral services to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Manatee County, Florida. Patients receive the critical treatment they need to keep them healthy, out of local emergency rooms, and on the job. Our services are provided by volunteer physicians from the local community. Partnerships with community hospitals, and alliances with other medical facilities, enable us to give our patients the quality care they need, from local providers they trust. We are funded though individual and corporate donations, government and private grants, and in-kind contributions.

For more information, visit

Share This Post

Related Posts

Medical Care Navigator Needed

Job Title: Medical Care Navigator (Bilingual) We Care Manatee is launching an exciting new program to help uninsured patients navigate the system of care. The
Read More →

A New Beginning and A Fond Farewell

This will be my last post as Executive Director of We Care Manatee.  Please welcome Annie Breitinger in her new role of Associate Executive Director. 
Read More →

Hot Happenings for the Summer and Beyond

The staff of We Care Manatee is excited to be the Spotlight Non-Profit at the Bradenton Marauders home game on Saturday August 14th at 6PM. 
Read More →

We Care Manatee on the Move…

After five years We Care Manatee has left our home on Riverside Drive to join other non-profit agencies at the Pinnacle Office Plaza. Our new location
Read More →
Scroll to Top