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Become a Hero in our Midst!


Healthcare philanthropy has never been more important!

Now, more than ever, our less fortunate neighbors need Volunteers in Medicine Clinic to stay healthy and strong and WE NEED YOU!

Help us respond to the need and continue to change lives for the better. Help us continue to make our impact on this community we love to call home, touching thousands upon thousands of lives and making them better through hope and healing. We always remain committed to our mission, passionately dedicated to VIM Clinic’s Circle of Caring and continuing the clinic’s legacy. We’ve been an indispensable community asset for 28 years strong and counting.

This takes a community! It’s a community of hope and a community of caring VIM Clinic heroes like YOU.

Donate to this year’s Fund-A-Need


This year we are calling on your support for the Raymond L. Cox Gift of Hope Surgical Program.

Our Misson

Our mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved and their households, who live or work on Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands.

Our Vision

May we have eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded,
Open arms and hearts to reach out and include them,
Healing hands to touch their lives with love,
And in the process heal ourselves.

Dr. Jack McConnell with first patient | Volunteers in Medicine Clinic

Our first hero…

It all started with a simple question at the dining room table when Dr. Jack McConnell was young. His father, a Baptist preacher, would ask his children “What have you done for someone today?” As Dr. McConnell retired to Hilton Head Island with his wife, he continued to ask himself this question and he recognized a problem. “Jack would ask why someone wasn’t doing something about access to healthcare for the one-third of our neighbors who did without,” says Mrs. McConnell, “he finally realized that he was talking to himself.”

Dr. Jack’s vision was deceptively simple – to satisfy the overwhelming need for access to free health care through the skills and expertise of the highly skilled retired physicians, nurses and laypeople already living on Hilton Head. When VIM Clinic opened almost 30 years ago, it was the first of its kind in the nation, and since then, Hilton Head Island has become a community that offers every resident access to health care.

Today, there are nearly 100 clinics based on our model around the country and Dr. Jack has been honored on national, state and local levels. “It is a very special place,” described Dr. Jack. “Many of our physicians call it their home away from home and they would be lost without it. That also holds true for the patients who come here. They too would be lost without it. It’s not where you come from or where you’re going, but who you help along the way that makes a difference in your life,” said Dr. McConnell.

Dr. Jack’s inspiration is felt here on a daily basis. Sick patients are being treated, wellness education is offered, prevention and healthful living is stressed, and hundreds of volunteers enrich their own lives by making Dr. Jack’s vision an ongoing reality.

We can’t do this alone! We need YOU to complete the Circle of Caring.

VIM Clinic’s Circle of Caring could never be complete without the generous support of our community. Thank you for your support and dedication. Thank you for ensuring that everyone in our community has access to healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you for enabling us to respond to the healthcare disparities in our community. Thank you for doing your part in helping our neighbors who need us recover from this pandemic. Without you, none of this is possible.

Thank you for being a Hero in our Midst!

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
15 Northridge Drive,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Mailing Address:
PO Box 23858
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

For more information, please call the VIM Clinic Development Office at (843) 689-6612 or email us at

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Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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