AFC Highlights, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Numbers that Count

AFC provided 8,674 medical visits for 1,622 individual patients


New Patients

We brought in 558 Arlington residents who previously did not have regular access to medical care. Of these, 32% came to us by referral from Virginia Hospital Center, community shelters, and other safety-net organizations.


Volunteers are integrated into all aspects of patient care and clinic operations at AFC. Last year, 488 volunteers provided over 14,570 hours of service.

The value of their volunteer hours is estimated to be $1,097,363.

Additionally, 175 Gala and Special Gifts Committee volunteers donated countless hours to planning and raising funds through our Annual Benefit Gala.

Awards & All-Star Volunteers

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, once again awarded AFC its top rating of 4 stars for financial health, responsibility, and transparency. Only 16% of the organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations.

Joan Bowes Ritter, MD, a board certified internist with senior academic/clinic roles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, has spent the better part of two decades volunteering at AFC. Initially providing care to individual patients, Dr. Ritter soon increased her involvement through leadership roles on our Clinical Services Committee and Board of Directors. In 2009 she accepted the position of volunteer Medical Director, a role to which she continues to devote 8-10+ hours per week. For her commitment to serving the medical needs of Arlington’s most vulnerable residents, Dr. Ritter was given the 2016 James B. Hunter Award, Arlington’s highest human rights honor.

George & Connie Stewart, and their children Julie, Joy, Jenny, and George, have volunteered their time, contributed their funds, shared their expertise, and provided immeasurable in-kind support through their family business to help build and sustain AFC’s dental program. Congratulations on winning the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer Family!

Strategic Plan

AFC’s board and staff Leadership recently completed a year-long strategic planning effort that will chart the organization’s direction for the next four years. AFC has a long history of rock-solid core values, a commitment to volunteerism, and a culture that transforms challenges into opportunities. Although the future is always full of uncertainties, we are confident that this plan will guide us as we continue to provide essential care to those in need. Visit to view the complete plan.


A longtime AFC supporter recently committed a stunning $250,000 to support our dental program— a gift made in memory of her father who died from an untreated tooth infection. After careful study, we decided that the best way to leverage this gift is to bring our dental clinic onsite, which would enable us to triple the number of patients served. Learn more about our plans on page 8, and about the woman whose generosity has spurred us to envision a better way to serve our dental patients here.

Read our complete 2017 Annual Report.