Our History

5873195In 1991, Hilton Head, South Carolina, opened the first Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. Since then, many additional clinics have begun serving the uninsured/ underinsured nationwide. The clinics are based on volunteer help with a few full-time employees. The clinics provide a caring and compassionate medical home for those who do not qualify for medical assistance and in most cases are working without healthcare benefits. Efforts to establish a Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Centre County, PA, began in February 2001, when a group of local citizens led by Rev. Joe Faulkner got together to address the health care need in our community. Centre Volunteers in Medicine was incorporated as a non-profit organization on June 12, 2001.

In February 2003, CVIM opened its doors to patients seeking medical care. This facility was located on Easterly Parkway, State College. Later that year CVIM began its dental program using a mobile dental unit. The need for dental services was great and in April 2005 an in-house dental clinic was opened. After a few years the demand for both medical, dental, and other services, and the increasing number of volunteers providing services meant that CVIM outgrew their facilities.

In December 2008, CVIM moved to its current location on Green Tech Drive, State College. With the move CVIM gained over 3,000 square feet of additional space, including additional medical examination rooms and dental operatories.

Today, we are a community health resource center providing medical care, dental care, case management, and medication assistance to those without health insurance.  CVIM serves those living in Centre County and those working in Centre County who live in neighboring counties that do not have free clinics or programs to meet their medical needs.  We are an independently run non-profit organization that accepts all forms of donations.