Vashon Community Care – History

How we became Vashon Community Care – Journey with us through VCC history 

Why does VCC Need to Raise Money?

When Vashon Community Care (VCC) was established in 1995 they made a promise to the community that no resident would ever be asked to leave due to the inability to pay. Twenty-three years later they have kept that promise largely through the reimbursement for the cost of care by Medicaid. The bad news? Medicaid only covers 49% of the cost of care for Assisted Living and 70% for Skilled Nursing. This leaves a fair amount of costs which are unpaid – on average, more than $400,000 per year.

Our Goal

The Foundation’s primary goal is to close the Medicaid Funding Gap by raising operational funds to secure the future of VCC. The Foundation has met its goal of awarding VCC $400,000 every year.

Our Future

In December of 2017, Vashon Community Care affiliated with Transforming Age. The affiliation means Transforming Age has taken on the leadership role and manages day-to-day operations. Though VCC retains its name and its own 501(c)(3) status, governance is now under Transforming Age’s board of directors.

The VCC Foundation affiliated with Transforming Age in February 2018. Its goal is still very much the same – raising funds to offset the lack of full Medicaid reimbursement and support the operations of VCC.

Vashon Community Care Foundation’s History

With a large portion of the cost of care not being paid by Medicaid, tremendous pressure is placed on VCC to be able to fundraise and still provide the level of care it demands of itself. This became the catalyst of the creation of Vashon Community Care Foundation.

The Foundation received its 501(c)(3) status from the Federal Government at the end of 2013. As a newly formed non-profit its first step was to create a board of directors, some of whom came from the VCC board while others were added from the community. The Development Director from VCC assumed the Executive Director position and 2014 marked the Foundation’s first year of raising funds exclusively for VCC’s operating budget.

In 2015, a new Executive Director grew the organization, adding on a Development Manager, and putting a team together to create advertising and marketing to highlight the Foundation’s work and raise awareness for VCC. Programs were expanded and a newly created, one-night live auction significantly grew donated income.

Vashon Community Care Foundation

A Strong Foundation. A Secure Future.

We Need Your Help

Become a sustaining member of Vashon Community Care Foundation and help secure the future of VCC for generations to come. We also have many other ways you can support Vashon Community Care. These include:

Vashon Community Care Foundation
  • One Time Donation
  • Become a Monthly “Sustaining” Donor
  • Memorial and Tribute Gifts
  • Planned Giving
  • Gifts In-Kind
  • Matching Gifts
  • Amazon Smile
The cost of care has more than doubled over the past 20 years and Medicaid has drastically cut its reimbursements to VCC. This creates a “funding gap” that grows larger every year.

We Rely Heavily on Your Support to Meet Our Funding Gap Challenge. 

Ultimately, the VCC Foundation will succeed only with the on-going participation of the Vashon community in our recurring gift program.

Let’s build a strong foundation to secure the future for those in need. Call the VCC Foundation at (206) 567-6164 for more information or become a sustaining member and donate today! Scroll below for donation instructions.