As residents of the greater Richmond area, it is our duty to give back. Community service exposes students to a diverse population, allowing them to understand the social, economic and cultural factors that influence the health of our patients. This broader perspective enables them to provide more holistic and patient-centered care.

We encourage all students to get involved, and first-year students require at least 20 community service hours in conjunction with the Patient, Physician and Society course. Students may volunteer with any organizations they wish, with opportunities including (and not limited to) the organizations below.

For more information about volunteering as a medical student, please contact:

Lelia Brinegar, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean for Medical Education

Local Organizations

  • Caritas
    • Caritas is a Catholic-based organization that serves the homeless population of Richmond, including free health screenings to individuals in emergency shelter services.
    • General contact and volunteer form:

  • CFengage (Hands On Richmond)
    • CFengage is an online resource for a variety of volunteer opportunities in the Greater Richmond Area.

  • Mattaponi Clinic
    • The Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic provides free healthcare and medication every month to the uninsured, underserved Mattaponi tribe in West Point, VA.
    • General contact:

  • Refugee Connect
    • Refugee Connect raises awareness of the health needs of refugee communities and connects VCU students with volunteer opportunities.
    • General contact and volunteer information: