Volunteers are AFC’s greatest resource! We rely on more than 400 volunteers who support all aspects of our organization. The majority have worked with us for more than 5 years; many have been with AFC since its inception.

The Clinic is a great – and fun – place to volunteer.

As AFC moves into its “new normal” schedules are changing and volunteer opportunities are increasing! 

Medical Providers*+: Primary Care, Dermatology, Gynecology, Podiatry, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, and Rheumatology are the high needs we have right now, but we welcome all specialties!

Psychiatrists and PMNHPs*+: Assistance with medication management is our highest need.

Licensed Counselors*: Bilingual counselors are preferred as it makes patient communication easier, but it is not a requirement!

Diabetic Educators & Registered Dietitians*: Providing education and support to our diabetic patients continues to be a top priority.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs*: Help in the pharmacy is currently at capacity, but we can use qualified pharmacists to provide diabetic education.

RNs*: Nurses assist with discharge instructions after appointments and keep our vaccine programs running strong!

MAs & EMTs: Perform intake at clinics rooming patients, doing vitals, medical histories, and mental health screenings.

Dental Assistants & Hygienists*: At this time, all dental assistant and hygienist volunteers must be bilingual (English/Spanish) as they typically also serve as an interpreter for the dentist.

Exercise Instructors: We are in need of motivated individuals to help run our Move to Health classes (Tuesday evenings). They do not need to be certified instructors, but need to have experience attending classes and comfort running their own, while keeping energy and momentum up!

Interpreters: We are always seeking more Spanish, Amharic, and Mongolian interpreters. Currently almost all interpreting work is being done on-site/in-person. There are some limited opportunities for remote interpreting either by phone or video call, depending on the appointment type.

*Medical volunteers must be licensed to practice in the state of Virginia. Virginia does now offer licensure by reciprocity for MDs and does participate in the NCL for LPNs and RNs. Depending on the profession, some Virginia licensing boards do offer a Volunteer Restricted License to Practice.

+Licensed medical providers (MD, DO, NP) need to have been practicing independently at least 4 years post-residency to volunteer with AFC. Additionally, retired medical providers need to have practiced substantially in the last 4 years.


AFC is not open on weekends.Unfortunately, AFC cannot offer practicums/preceptorships to students.
If you are interested in a summer internship, please check our internship page in January for the application process.

Join our Volunteer Team!
Below is the process to become a volunteer at Arlington Free Clinic:

  • RSVP and attend one of our new virtual Community Tours, held the 4th Thursday of each month at 6pm. Our Director of Volunteer Resources will talk about opportunities and answer questions at the end of the tour.
    • Additional details and the online application link will be emailed to you after you have attended the Community Tour.
  • If we feel your skills match our needs, an interview with the Director of Volunteer Resources will be scheduled.
  • If accepted, attend classroom-based or on-the-job training, as needed.

Individual volunteer commitments vary, but most provide 2-4 hours per month of service for at least eight months. All volunteers must adhere to AFC’s confidentiality and best-practice policies. All volunteers must be over the age of 18 and cannot have a personal relationship with a current or past AFC patient.

To RSVP for a tour please click here or call 703-979-1425 x147.

Contact AFC’s Volunteer Department
For more information, please contact AFC’s Volunteer Department at volunteer@arlingtonfreeclinic.org. Thank you for supporting Arlington Free Clinic!

Learn more about how to get involved with AFC…