FIMRC’s Coast Guard Family Food and Supply Drive a Success
The Williams School FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children) Chapter ran an extremely successful food and supply drive for the pop-up food pantry this week for our neighbors at the U.S. Coast Guard.
Our FIMRC leaders wish to thank everyone for their generosity and contributions.
The Williams School FIMRC Chapter was established in by Juli Brown ’14 during her Junior year, after spending a semester in a remote village in Peru teaching English to children and nutrition to mothers in the village while completing her academic responsibilities at Williams via Skype. FIMRC is typically a college organization, but Juli was so inspired that she decided that Williams needed a chapter at the high school level. Williams' first FIMRC fundraiser was in 2012 and helped to build a bathroom for a tuberculosis patient in the same Peruvian village that Juli had worked in. Since then, FIMRC has contributed to a variety of international causes, such as buying a goat for a village in Africa, providing mosquito netting for children in malaria-ridden countries, and funding HIV/AIDS testing for pregnant mothers in Africa.
Last year's efforts were concentrated more locally, with a toy drive for the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and a fundraiser for the Groton Elementary School system's lunch program. Other local projects have included volunteering at the W.A.R.M. Center in Westerly, Rhode Island, cooking meals for those in need, reading to Alzheimer's patients, and running a coat and hygiene drive for nearby women's shelters.
This year, FIMRC raised $1,400 for MiracleFeet, an organization that provides corrective surgery to children born with clubbed feet, and over $300 for Smile Train, an organization that helps children born with cleft lips. FIMRC also sent a donation to the families of victims of the Pittsburg Synagogue shooting in late October.
"It is an enlightening experience for the students to learn about situations that are out of an individual's control and to feel they have made a difference," FIMRC Faculty Advisor Greg Bowerman shared. "They are not doing it for recognition, but out of the goodness of their hearts."