Volunteer Medical Clinic

The Volunteer Medical Clinic provides primary health care to people in our community who do not have access to medical care through public benefits or private insurance.

About the Program

Using the Volunteers in Medicine model, the clinic gets its name from the fact that it is staffed by caring volunteer doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who provide their expertise and time for the benefit of the community.

Located in the Spanish Catholic Center in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Northwest D.C., the clinic dates to the 1960s. As the health care environment has changed, so has the clinic. Today it serves people in the community who do not qualify for Medicaid and who do not have access to affordable insurance. Patients are not charged for visits to see a health care professional.

Patient Eligibility: Those at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level who are underinsured or uninsured — who do not have access to medical care through public benefits or private insurance. To be seen, patients must be age 18 and older and live within The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington (District of Columbia, and Prince George’s, Montgomery, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties).

The clinic is closely tied to Catholic Charities’ Health Care Network and provides specialty care services from safety-net clinics in the area. And because we believe in integrated care, dental services are available at the clinic location.

Additional Information

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
    Staff available 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Patient Portal

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Staffed by volunteer medical professionals, the clinic fosters a culture of caring.  Volunteering FAQ.


The clinic serves those who need it the most — people in the community who do not have access to medical care through public benefits or private insurance.


Brigid Prosser

Director, Volunteer Medical Clinic

“At the Catholic Charities Volunteer Medical Clinic, we provide an opportunity for clinicians to use their skills to give back to the community while providing excellent medical care to those most in need. We connect clinicians and patients in a caring environment, and everyone benefits from the experience.”

Connie Faltynek

Former Pharmacy Volunteer

“I have been a volunteer medication coordinator at the clinic on Monroe Street for almost nine years. My primary role is to obtain free or heavily discounted medications for our low-income, uninsured patients who need expensive medications for chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma. It is a great pleasure to work with our patients, who consistently express their gratitude. The best part of volunteering is my personal interactions with our patients, many of whom I have gotten to know quite well over the years.”

Lou Cartillier

Volunteer Interpreter

“I have been volunteering since 2022. Volunteering as a medical interpreter has allowed me to learn from both patients and clinicians, and emphasized the need for compassion and cultural awareness when addressing a language barrier. I am grateful to be surrounded by an amazing team at the clinic, many of whom have served as inspiring mentors to me. I look forward to continuing my volunteer work at the Volunteer Medical Clinic for many years to come!”

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