12 Months of Giving: Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps

From fancy cars and expensive clothes to fine dining and exotic vacations, there are many ways you can spend your hard-earned dollars. And there is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done — but what would happen if you rewarded someone else instead? JDi Data is continuing our commitment to  continuously thinking of others with our  12 months of Giving blog series.

This months featured charity is the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Volunteer Corps, and waschosen by JDi Data Senior Account Executive, Christine Erwin.

Founder Stan Brock vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world’s inaccessible regions. With years of research and planning and a network of men and women in 1985 RAM was founded. RAM, Remote Area Medical, a highly mobile, remarkably efficient relief force. Volunteers are doctors, nurses, technicians and veterinarians along with support staff who go on expeditions at their own expense and treat hundreds of patients a day under some of the worst conditions. Medical supplies, medicines, facilities and vehicles are donated.
Saving lives in remote places around the world can be risky and in 1992 Stan Brock saw the need not only go around the world but here in the United States. The people in the US who need help are the poor and uninsured. There are 50 million Americas who are uninsured and the need for emergency clinics is great; RAM has 346 clinics in the US including Los Angeles. The opportunity to get healthcare is secluded for people who do not have insurance and no access to doctors. RAMs mission is to help relieve suffering, cure disease, restore sight, provide dental care, veterinary services and technical and education assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and around the world every year, in order to enhance the lives of thousands of impoverished and isolated people and their animals. RAM gives a second chance to those who need it the most.

Christine has signed up to volunteer with RAM for one of their upcoming expeditions in the US and waiting to hear back if she will recruited. Will keep you up-to-date when her expedition arises!

Remote Area Medical® (RAM) depends 100% on private donations. They receive no local, state, or federal funds. Please take a moment to donate to the RAM organization or feel free to sign up to be a volunteer here – http://www.ramusa.org/index.html