Posts tagged #Philanthropy

Welcome, October...and some thoughts as well.

Happy October (and weekend) everyone! You can be sure we have some GREAT posts coming your way this month, since the FIMRC family hosts an amazing array of staff, chapters, volunteers, and enthusiasts alike! Why wouldn't we, right?

While those posts come in, bit by bit, I just wanted to remind you of a couple of things and hopefully get your input as well...

-The holiday season is a GREAT time to volunteer, if that's something that you'd be interested in. Have you thought about traveling to one of our sites? If it's something you'd like to consider--please contact us at missions@fimrc.org. Spots are filling up fast. Think about it?

-If you don't have time to actually visit one of our sites, believe me when I say there are so many ways to help the sites from afar. One being to send supplies with volunteers that will be traveling. Contact us to see what our sites might be in need of. We can't tell you how much we appreciate your contributions.

-Even if you can't volunteer at one of our sites, we all know that there are a million ways to give back within our own communities. So MUCH of FIMRC's mission can be carried out locally in a BIG way. Spread the FIMRC love. It's so easy to do.

-Speaking of spreading the FIMRC love, those of us behind the scenes ALWAYS welcome your input on our programs and some of the things we have going. My inbox here at The FIMRC Blog could reaaallly use a little feedback. So let me know if you think there's something we should be featuring, a link that would be helpful to our social media efforts, a layout that you'd like better..really anything. It would help me out a lot!

I'll leave you with a wonderful and inspiring quote from revered theologian, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary, Albert Schweitzer:

"Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too."

Take care and more posts soon!

It's been a week and we're still smiling...

...because of your support for FIMRC's featured day on Philanthroper last Friday. FIMRC cannot thank you enough for gearing up and helping our CHE program in Uganda with a crucial healthcare initiative. Break it down any way you would like, but you can be sure that the overall conclusion is this: "A little helps a lot." And with your help, we can do a lot.

With your support last Friday and over the last week, we were able to raise a total of $1411. That comes to 7,055 home visits for HIV patients within Project Bumwalukani, or roughly an entire year's worth of this specialized facet of HIV patient care for 587 Ugandans with HIV.  Woah!

Uganda was one of the first sub-saharan African countries to experience the devastation brought about by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s, but has proven to be a success story in terms of reducing HIV infection rates. This is due to a high-level political committment to combat the spread of the infection and collaboration from a number of partners across many sectors, including other nonprofit organizations like FIMRC!

Since the clinic within Project Bumwalukani began testing for HIV  in 2009, it was found that the community in which we work had a prevalence rate of 17.9%--nearly three times the Ugandan national average.

The monthly home visits that you read about in our Philanthroper deal and donated toward are absolutely crucial to ensure that our many clients are following their routine schedules and appointments, maintaining good health practices within their own homes, and of course, taking their medicine. It is only in this way that we can provide our community with comprehensive care to manage those affected with HIV already and, coupled with other health education initiatives with the help of our invaluable CHEs, eventually reduce the overall prevalence rate of  HIV in the community.

As some of you noticed, given the donations we received over the course of the week (Thanks!), you are still welcome to donate to our Philanthroper deal here.  We appreciate it.

So, what's next? How can you get more involved with FIMRC's mission? Rest easy.  There are a number of ways to get involved, found right here, and include but certainly aren't limited to volunteering at one of our project sites, beginning a chapter, or simply spreading the word about FIMRC in general with a good, old-fashioned phone call!

We invite you to join the FIMRC family and become more involved, but most of all, we hope that you act on the mantra of 'a little helps a lot' and become more invested in any cause that you find worthy.

That's all for now. Thanks again for supporting us and we wish you a wonderful weekend!

We hit $1000 on Philanthroper and the new number is now $1532!

Hello, FIMRC! WE MADE IT! WE DID IT! With over 11 hours left, we made it to $1000!

We cannot thank our donors and supporters, our families and our friends, ENOUGH for helping us spread the word in such a short amount of time.

We're not stopping at $1000, either. We're like to keep pushing. We have until 10am EST and we want to keep the momentum going. So keep pushing and keep spreading the FIMRC love.

We're going to try to break the Philanthroper record for money raised by just $1. This idea was actually given to me by a dear friend and supporter of FIMRC. So thank you, you-know-who-you-are :-).

The new number, you ask? $1532.

11 hours and 15 minutes left. Let's keep going!