Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Charlottesville Free Clinic.

Every year, about 700 health care professionals, students, and community members provide more than 14,000 hours of service to the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Join us as we provide free medical and dental care for our neighbors in the greater Charlottesville/Albemarle community.

Complete a volunteer application

If you’re a first-time volunteer with the Free Clinic, create a free account with Better Impact to get started.

Log in as a volunteer

If you’re a current volunteer, log in to your Better Impact account.

Volunteering at the Free Clinic

The following types of volunteers help us accomplish our mission every day. 

Key health care providers

Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, specialists, and diabetes educators. These professionals see patients during evening clinic hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5–8 p.m.

Mental health professionals. Psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers may volunteer to provide mental health assessments, counseling, and medication management for Free Clinic medical patients during evening clinic hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5–8 p.m. To learn more, contact Free Clinic Director of Medical Clinic Operations Meghan Hinger: meghan@cvillefreeclinic.org

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians volunteer to fill and dispense medications during evening clinic hours at our licensed, onsite pharmacy on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6–8:30. To learn more, please contact Free Clinic Pharmacy Director Chris Hicks: pharmacy@cvillefreeclinic.org

Dental professionals. Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants help us care for patients during our day and evening clinic hours. We also rely on volunteers from UVA and the VCU School of Dentistry. To learn more, contact Free Clinic Dental Office Coordinator Shell Duff: shell@cvillefreeclinic.org

Other community members 

Nurses. Nurses support our volunteer providers during evening clinic hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5–8 p.m.

Direct patient care. Volunteers — including nurses, EMTS, phlebotomists, and dental, nursing, and medical students — serve patients at the Free Clinic.

Administrative support. Volunteers help support our clinic operations by checking in patients, preparing patient charts, handing out prescriptions, and scheduling patients. 

Undergraduate students. The Free Clinic accepts UVA undergraduate interns through Madison House and the University Internship Program.

High school students. The Free Clinic does not accept high school students as volunteers or interns.

To get started as a Free Clinic volunteer, create an account and complete an application.