About Village Acupuncture Project 

Mission and Purpose

Village Acupuncture Project is the 510(c)(3) nonprofit organization that runs Philadelphia Community Acupuncture. Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible, and easy-to-use healthcare options for everyone in our community through acupuncture and herbal medicine. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families by providing substantial support for their health, including relief of pain, reduction in the frequency, duration, and intensity of distressing symptoms, and prevention of the onset of acute and chronic diseases.

We provide services to all individuals, regardless of gender, sex, race, color, income, national origin, age, ability or disability, marital status, familial situation, religion, size and shape, sexual orientation, veteran status, or political beliefs. Our patients’ access to and level of care are never based on any of these factors. We actively promote our services to patient populations who have unmet healthcare needs.

We are a Community Acupuncture clinic, as defined by The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), a national professional co-operative organization that promotes affordable, accessible acupuncture. This means that we abide by stringent POCA guidelines for maximizing public access to our services, and therefore qualify for inclusion in their national database of Community Acupuncture clinics.

Village Acupuncture Project allows people of all incomes to access the powerful therapeutic, preventive, and palliative benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine. We benefit the public by providing extremely low-cost health care services for people from all walks of life, at all income levels. The average price for a single acupuncture treatment in the US is from $50-120. Our patients, however, pay between $20 and $40 for a single treatment. Philadelphia Community Acupuncture has provided over 35,000 acupuncture treatments since opening in March of 2012.

Pictured above: Our crew of staff and volunteers from the old clinic space at 538 Carpenter Lane, where we started out (just down the street from our current location). Village Acupuncture Project is usually looking for more volunteers to work the front desk once a week or every other week, email us at pcamt.airy@gmail.com if you are interested! 

Board of Directors: 

Erin Schmitt, President

Ellen Vincent, Treasurer

Rachel Marcus, Secretary


Your donation to Village Acupuncture Project is tax-deductible.

Click on the button to the right to make a secure one-time or recurring donation through PayPal. A copy of Village Acupuncture Project’s official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free (within PA) 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.