As citizens of this community, we have partaken of its material and spiritual wealth. Through its benevolence, we have shared with its greatness and now enjoy a way of life that allows us to help alleviate the sufferings of this largely impoverished and troubled world. Therefore, we, Filipino-Americans and our friends of this community, have established the Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation Inc. Through this foundation, which aims to construct a building to house some activities of the community, we hope to bring to the American consciousness the richness of our background, as well as the significance of our contributions to this country. In addition, we also aim to provide services of a civic nature which would, otherwise, be difficult, or too costly , for some people to obtain. And, above all, it is our fervent hope that through this foundation we will help raise generations of citizens who will continue to contribute to the greatness of America and help mold its moral conscience.
Philippine Center Update
May 2018 By: Gerry Ramos, AIA Executive Director
On behalf of the Philippine Cultural & Civic Center Foundation, Inc., (PCCCF), we would like to thank all of our volunteers, donors and supporters for their continued commitment to support the Philippine Center and its projects, notably the Free Medical Clinic (FMC).
Our Philippine Center, preserves its “giving image” by pursuing the PCCCF community outreach programs.
The Free Medical Clinic continues to thrive through team work and effort put into its operation. We thank our volunteers, led by PMA-W doctors who tirelessly volunteer to see the continually growing number of patients; the Dispensary group and the PNAWI nurses who man the triage area; volunteers at the reception area, records, patient traffic and lab; likewise the cleaners who keep the Philippine Center in order. We thank all our lunch donors who make sure that our doctors, nurses and all volunteers are well-fed and nourished.
The PCCCF Free Medical Clinic is open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. It has provided medical care for around 3,700 under and uninsured people who have visited the Clinic close to 14,874 times since October of 2000. Free medical services have amounted to $3,302,630 up to 2017, including medication and laboratory services which were calculated and added only starting in 2010. In 2017, 901 patient visits were made to the Clinic, at a cost of $ 344,146 for medical services (by doctors and nurses), medication, vaccines, flu shots, laboratory, x rays and other treatments provided free to the patients. Grants from PMA-W, FC Potawatomi Foundation, Catholic Community Foundation and the Weiss Foundation and donations helped sustain the FMC.
Health Fair: The 5th PCCCF FMC Health Fair in partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks, FC Potawatomi Foundation and organized by the Philippine Nurses Association of WI, with participation from the Greenfield Health, Police and Fire Departments, Children Community Health Plan and other organizations was held last August 5, 2017. Services offered: Free screening for Allergy, Asthma, BMI, Breast Cancer, Cholesterol, Dental, Diabetes, Hypertension, Skin Cancer and Health & Safety Education. Games and Entertainment were also provided. The next Health Fair will be on Saturday, August 4, 2018
Applebees Flapjack Fundraiser: The successful October 21, 2017 event facilitated by Emma Ravelo Webb generated $ 2,000 for the Philippine Center.
Community Outreach Programs: These programs became possible through grants from the Forest Co. Potawatomi Foundation and the New Threads of Hope.
1. Book Distribution- Coordinators: Jojo Ramos, Gerry Ramos, Mareta & Bob Prill New books are distributed and continuously given away for free at the PCCCF libraries and at Children's workshops and distributed at Literacy Outreach programs at the FAAWIS picnic -Wirth Park, PCCCF Health Fair, All Nations Bible Church, and Solomon Community Temple Helping Hands Food Pantry.
2. Clothing Distribution- Coordinators: Jojo Ramos, Gerry Ramos, Letty Cueto, MD, Mareta & Bob Prill New clothing were distributed at the PCCCF Free Clinic, Health Fair, All Nations Bible Church, Center for Working Families, the American Legion Greendale Post 416, the Solomon Community Temple and at the UPAAW Feed the Hungry Program at the St. John’s Cathedral Food Program for the homeless.
3. Children’s Literacy Program: Children from toddlers to teens took part in reading and creating art masterpieces during the Kohl’s/ MAM Color on Wheels and watched the Kohl’s Wild Life Theater at the Philippine Center.
4. Munting Tinig Choir (MT): The PCCCF’s Munting Tinig Children’s Choir performed at the FAAWIS picnic and at the Regency Senior Communities in New Berlin last December.
Come and join our Independence Day celebration with the new Philippine Consul General Gina Jamoralin on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Philippine Center.
10:30 AM Raising of the flags and singing the national anthems 10:50 Welcome Address by PCCCF Chair Dr. Max Cueto Consul General Gina Jamoralin response 11:00 Children’s Literacy Book Reading- “Bird and Snail” by the author Ryan Jerome Ramos 11:30 Children’s Yoga with animal movements by Ann Wegner Lefort 12:10 PM Noodle Fest Tasting and Competition for all 2:00 Kohl’s Wild Life Theater 3:00 Announcement of Noodle Fest winners and awarding of prizes
The Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation
Gerry Ramos Executive Director
PCCCF Activities Director Chair - Children's Workshop/Literacy Program
Medical Director: Violeta A. Singson, MD Clinic Administrator: Linda Ramos Nursing Director: Zen Edralin, RN Volunteer Coordinator: Mareta Prill
The free clinic is open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Since we started in 2000, the number of FMC patients continue to grow. Now a total of 3,300 who had been seen 12,500 times. Free medical services have amounted to $2,533,050 to date including medication and laboratory services which were calculated and added only starting in 2010.
FMC celebrated its 15th year anniversary with a free clinic volunteer appreciation lunch hosted by Dr. Violeta Singson and Linda Ramos last December 19, 2015.
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