Virginia B. Andes had a vision for Charlotte County. She wanted quality health care for those who could not afford health insurance. She wanted education for all age levels, that the people in Charlotte County could reach their potential. And she did not want to simply give handouts, but engage those receiving grants to do their part in earning them.
She chose the Charlotte Community Foundation as her vehicle and Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic as one of her funds. Both the Training & Education Center at the Foundation and the Clinic honor her name. As an IBM professional from 1944-75, she paved the way for women in technical and executive business careers. After retiring, she was a tireless volunteer, serving and educating people.
When asked, ‘What is the most important thing people should know about life, from your perspective?’ Virginia shared, ‘Take responsibility for yourself – be proactive to advance yourself. Choose to be a survivor and take responsibility in your life to get ahead.’