Faith Communities Taking the Lead

Volunteers in Medicine and the faith community share a common mission — assisting neighbors in need and minimizing disparities.  Together, VIM staff and religious leaders have developed a network of free health care clinics to care for the uninsured and medically underserved. Volunteers in Medicine provides the proven VIM model and expertise, faith partners provide on-the-ground leadership and community organizing.

“Volunteers in Medicine and the faith community are a natural fit. We were able to build a successful clinic because we moved outside our church and denomination into the larger interfaith community for support. Churches simply cannot go it alone or the clinic will not succeed.”

Nancy Franks, Founder
Volunteers in Medicine Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN

Is there a need for a Volunteers in Medicine clinic in your community? If so, our experienced consultants can help. Take the first step by considering these questions:

  • Is your congregation interested in making your mission come alive through a community-based health care project?


  • Are members of your congregation prepared to take a leadership role in starting a free clinic for the uninsured in your community?


  • Are you willing to reach beyond your faith community to work with a broad base of partners, including partners from other denominations?


  • Has your congregation been involved in a successful community-based project before (such as a soup kitchen, housing project or program for low income children)?


“While the genesis of the Center VIM clinic is rooted in our church, we believe the effort succeeded because we involved the greater business, medical, and interfaith community. Our church continues to have a sense of responsibility for the clinic, and provides the largest pool of volunteers, but it’s a community clinic, lead by faith.”

Jill Plafcan, Founding Board Member
Centre Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
State College, PA


If you are enthusiastic about the challenge of starting a clinic, please contact us. We would be honored to guide you through the development process to establish a Volunteers in Medicine clinic in your community.