History of the Clinic
Retired physicians, Dr. George Liles and Dr. David Lockhart, founded the Community Free Clinic in 1994 in an effort to provide the un-insured residents of Cabarrus County access to free healthcare and medications. Since then, the Clinic has outgrown three locations and is presently located at 528 A Lake Concord Road. The Clinic began with volunteer physicians seeing patients during a Night Clinic Program two nights a week. Currently, the Clinic has full time and part time staff, hundreds of volunteers including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, and many more. Even though the Clinic has gone through many changes over the years, the mission has always been the same “Keeping People Healthy”. For details on each program, please view our Services page.
What it Takes
Dr. David Lockhart and Dr. George Liles were driven by a clear understanding of the health care needs of our community. There is a place for everyone at The Community Free Clinic. Please visit our Volunteers page for a description of the different volunteer opportunities. Our patients will benefit from your donation of time and talent. Financial assistance is needed to buy medications and equipment for the patients, support general clinical and pharmacy operations, and purchase needed medical supplies. Please visit our Donations page to donate directly through the website.
Over the years support for the Community Free Clinic has come from many sources. United Way of Central Carolinas, The Cannon Foundation, The Duke Endowment, Kate B. Reynolds Foundation, Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina, The Leon Levine Foundation, Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust, Cabarrus County Foundation for the Carolinas, North Carolina Office of Rural Health, and Carolinas Healthcare System-NorthEast all have believed in the positive work being done by the Community Free Clinic. We continue to receive donations and grants and rely heavily on the contributions made by financial supporters as well as our fundraisers to “Keep People Healthy”. Click here to see more about our upcoming events and fundraisers.