Each month, BIFMC shines a spotlight on one of our many exceptional clinic volunteers. From medical staff to voluntary file clerks, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic is able to provide a warm, caring and expert primary medical home to hundreds of uninsured patients. The residents and workers of our Lowcountry community are cared for and kept healthy due to the commitment of our volunteers.
This month, we celebrate Jeremy Grimes! Jeremy assists the Clinic in many office tasks, always with a positive outlook and compassion for our patients. He is currently applying to medical schools, following in the footsteps of his father (and BIFMC internal medicine volunteer, Dr. Grimes!) We are certain that Jeremy will go on to help many and make a difference in the world amid in his professional journey.
Name: Jeremy Grimes
Position: Office Assistant
Years served at BIFMC: 1
- How did you learn about BIFMC? Were you actively looking for volunteer opportunities at the time? My dad has been a volunteer at BIFMC for awhile now, so he told me what a great organization it is and got me interested in volunteering there. I was actively looking for volunteer experience at the time. I’m also currently applying to medical schools and am working as a mental health technician.
- What is it about BIFMC’s mission that appeals to you personally? I love that there are caring organizations like BIFMC out there who’s purpose is to serve those most in need in our communities.
- How has volunteer work had an impact on your life? It is a very fulfilling experience every time and working with such caring and wonderful people at BIFMC is amazing. Volunteering helps to keep your priorities straight and to remember to count your blessings as well.
- What would you say is the biggest misconception about those who cannot afford health insurance? Well, I’m currently uninsured. So I’d say the biggest misconception about the uninsured is that it’s a group that even some of us volunteers don’t fall in. Young healthy people who don’t make a lot of money, like me, often find going uninsured as a reasonable option. The uninsured can’t afford health care, and therefore need other options for service like BIFMC when in need.
- What advice would you give to those considering volunteering their time or donating a gift to the clinic? I’d say we need your time, gifts, anything you can give. BIFMC is a wonderful place full of gifted doctors, nurses, and administration who are doing an amazing job healing people who can’t afford care otherwise. Anything you can do to contribute is appreciated.
Thank you, Jeremy, for your commitment to helping others, your dedication, and positive energy! We are lucky to have you as a part of our volunteer family!
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If you would like to learn more about how you can volunteer for Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, click here.
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic provides medical care to eligible patients, just like any family practitioner or internist – but it is free. We serve uninsured adults living at or below 200 % of the Federal poverty level who live or work on Johns, Wadmalaw or James Islands. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.