701 South Joplin Ave. | Joplin, MO | 417.624.5500
Our mission is to improve the health of people in our community without access to medical and dental care.
8:30-4:30 Monday-Thursday

How You Can Help


The average cost to see a client at the Community Clinic is $150 plus $70 for lab work per patient ($220 total). This cost includes time with a physician or nurse practitioner, laboratory work, any on-site services rendered and medications. Patients seeking treatment are asked to give a small donation; however, those that cannot are never turned away. This payment covers only a small fraction of the cost to see each patient and represents a minimal portion of the annual income for the Clinic.

The Community Clinic does not receive ANY state or federal funding nor does it receive reimbursements from insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or any other governmental program. The largest funding sources for the Clinic are grants and individual donations. The Clinic also receives some assistance from local hospitals, churches and fundraising activities, but these donations make up less than 10% of the total funding base.


The average cost for to see one patient is $220, including lab work. Join our “Sponsor a Patient” program to assist in offsetting these costs.


The Community Clinic is dependent on the skills, creativity and dedication of its volunteers. With only eight full time and three part time paid staff, the Clinic functions almost entirely on hours donated by our volunteer physicians, nurses, office staff, and others. With continued yearly increases in the patient load, volunteers have become even more vital to the continued success of the Community Clinic.

In 2012, a total of 103 volunteers donated over 5,600 hours of time, valued at approximately $214,000.

All Clinic volunteers go through an extensive training program and are expected to be friendly and courteous to all patients. Many times it is a volunteer’s kind word or gesture that resonates with a patient and makes them comfortable in a situation where they might be experiencing fear or pain.

General Volunteers

General volunteers include office staff, maintenance workers and all-purpose workers. General Volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to help provide a friendly, comfortable, reassuring environment at the Clinic. The volunteer schedule is very flexible, allowing individuals to volunteer as many or as few hours as they are comfortable with.

Large volunteer groups work at the Clinic from time to time as well, providing large cleaning and/or organizing projects, upgrades to Clinic facilities and assisting with other activities.

Professional Volunteers

Professional volunteers are those physicians, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants and nurses that donate their time to see the Community Clinic patients. Professional volunteers normally spend approximately four hours a month at the Clinic seeing patients (one afternoon or one morning per month). They assist with clinics in their specialty and insure that the Clinic patients get the best possible care. These individuals are the life blood of the Community Clinic – without them, the Clinic would be unable to provide the excellent patient care that it has become known for.

Volunteer Application Form

THANK YOU FOR YOUR APPLICATION! Our volunteer coordinator will contact you soon.