Charity

    For 2017, the VSPC has selected Health Brigade as our charity.

    Health Brigade, formerly Fan Free Clinic, provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. 

    Health Brigade – Virginia’s oldest free clinic – was born in a church basement during a time of social unrest. For the ensuing 50 years, we addressed the most challenging and often stigmatized health issues of the day. 

    • In the late 1960’s and the 1970s, we championed women’s access to oral contraceptives, providing safe birth control in the light of day. We wore armbands identifying us as medical personnel when we went into street protests to provide first aid.  We provided primary care to the poor and uninsured.
    • In the 1980s, we were early responders to the world’s AIDS pandemic, sending out care teams to support those living -- and dying -- with AIDS. Volunteers warmly embraced those who had been abandoned by family, friends, the community and society.
    • In the 1990’s, as HIV/AIDS became a manageable, chronic disease, we shifted our focus to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing and support services. We became known as “the” place where you could obtain services and support if you were infected or affected byHIV/AIDS.
    • Today, we use a holistic person-centered care model, offering coordinated services for a healthy mind, body and spirit because we believe that EVERYONE, especially those least served, deserve quality care.

     

    Last year Health Brigade staff volunteers:

    • Provided quality health care to nearly 1,500 patients through our medical clinic
    • Helped 450 clients with counseling and wellness services
    • Conducted 1,900 HIV tests on-site and in the community
    • Interacted with nearly 14,000 community members through our health outreach and advocacy efforts 


    Our services are critical.  There are still nearly 100,000 people uninsured in our service area.  Your support is needed so that we can continue to provide and expand care to our neighbors most in need.  

    If you would like to make a donation to Health Brigade, click here.  Your monetary support is always needed and welcomed.