On December 3, 2019 the Social Welfare Board will be participating in Giving Tuesday, a campaign to raise funds for the Social Welfare Board’s dental and medical clinics.   Our fundraising goal is $20,000. The funds raised will be used as follows:

  • Two dental chairs with the required light for a total cost of $13,500. The current chairs are over 35 years old and becoming inoperable
  • To supplement the clinic’s patient relief fund that provides medications, diabetic supplies and bus passes for the clinic’s medical patients in the amount of $3,000.
  • Remaining funds will pay for needed computer upgrades.

Any donation you can make to help meet our goal is greatly appreciated! Your tax deductible donation can be made by accessing the Friends of the Free Clinic LifeChangers link:  https://www.stjolifechangers.org/give  and following the prompts.

The oldest free and charitable clinic in the U.S. continues to provide important health care


You have the power to help one life breathe easier.

You can choose to make a small monthly gift that will help bring back optimism for the underinsured working poor in the greater St. Joe area, by providing basic healthcare.

The Problem

  • 8,869 Buchanan County residents 18-64 years of age live in poverty ( ie. annual earnings less than $12,140)
  • 10,544 Buchanan County residents (16.3%) do not have health insurance
  • In Missouri only 58.6% of adults can access affordable dental care
    • Resource:  Missouri Census Data (2017); ACS profiles

Our Approach…

  • The Social Welfare Board provides low cost primary healthcare and dental care to Buchanan County residents with limited incomes.
  • Women’s Health and Family planning services are provided on a sliding fee scale basis regardless of residency and income.
  • Medical patients are asked to donate $5.00 per medical visit.
  • The clinic connects established patients to free or low cost medications and specialty care.
  • The dental clinic charges $15.00 per tooth.

Our Impact….

2017-2018 patient visit data: medical 5,864; dental 3,600; Westside (women’s health/family planning 3,221.

Annually at least $5,000,000 worth of medications are dispensed free of charge from the clinic’s dispensary and patient assistance programs.



Donations of any size are appreciated and will help sustain the healthcare services that the Social Welfare Board provides the uninsured residents of Buchanan County.

Click on the ‘Donate’ button and enter ‘Friends of the Free Clinic’ in the Purpose field.



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