About Our Organization
Finish for Kids is a combined effort between the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) and The Carefree Foundation. As a member of the Finish for Kids team you help support the international medical relief work provided by FIMRC and The Carefree Foundation. The Finish for Kids organization is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, skills, and training to help you successfully complete the Marine Corps Marathon. FIMRC Overview The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children is a 501(c)(3) global non-profit organization based in Philadelphia. It is dedicated to providing health care services and preventative health programs to underserved communities across the globe. FIMRC’s multi-layered approach to development is unique in its emphasis on access to clinical care, health education, in addition to extensive community outreach. Additionally, FIMRC hosts interested volunteers at its various project sites around the world who donate their time and resources through the FIMRC Global Health Volunteer Program. Volunteers assist with everything from clinic construction to delivery of medical care. Through dedicated members operating at minimal administrative costs, we aim to contribute in the range of 90% of all donations toward health services for children. For more information go to www.fimrc.org. FIMRC Mission The mission of FIMRC is to provide access to medical care for the millions of underprivileged and medically underserved children around the world. It strives to accomplish its mission through the following efforts: ACCESS First and foremost, we look at access to healthcare. Can our community members easily get to a clinic? What do they do in case of an emergency? In areas where no clinical services are available, we work with the community to build out the necessary infrastructure to improve access. Whether it be the construction of our own clinic or modifying a building within the community, we work to ensure that the communities we serve have the ability to seek a healthcare professional. EDUCATION Another major focus of our work is preventative health. We work hard to integrate into our communities to address local needs and launch outreach programs. We listen to our community members, the Ministry of Health and other major organizations in the communities where we work and build health education programs based on the feedback. PARTICIPATION A key component of our success is participation. Participation from community members is vital, as we ask the community to work alongside us in improving health in the communities in which we work. We also believe in participation from the global community. That's why FIMRC engages volunteers from all walks of life to participate in our programs. The Global Health Volunteer Program, Chaptership Program and Internship Program are all ways in which we hope to inspire the global community to help improve the health of those that we serve. The Carefree Foundation Overview The Carefree Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with aspirations to improve care on all seven continents. The organization was founded with two primary objectives. First and foremost, it is our goal to eliminate the social, geographic, and economic barriers that limit people’s access to quality medical care. Our second goal is to help improve the environments in which treatment is rendered. We believe that all people deserve access to high-quality care, regardless of their social or financial situations. In addition, through our efforts to improve the environment of care - by helping facilities become clean, bright, and cheerful - we hope to inspire confidence and optimism in both patients receiving treatment and their families and loved ones. For more information go to www.carefreefoundation.org. The Carefree Foundation Mission The mission of The Carefree Foundation is to ensure that no treatable condition shall ever be an obstacle to health. Through a combination of foundation programs and social activism, we will work to guarantee that quality health care is available to underserved populations in the United States and around the world. Furthermore, it is our goal to promote health and healing not only by providing quality medical and preventative care, but also by creating treatment environments that foster hope. The Carefree Foundation works to achieve its mission through: 1. Surgical expeditions - Our surgical expeditions allow us to perform surgeries that are not being done and/or not available to the vast majority of the populations we serve. While we perform these surgeries free of charge we train in-country doctors to be able to perform these operations without our supervision. Upon completion of our mission, we provide the newly trained surgeons with all of the necessary equipment and service to continue performing these procedures for decades to come. 2. Improvement of domestic treatment environments – our domestic projects provide the materials, time, and labor to help improve treatment environments, which will ultimately enable physicians and staff to concentrate fully on providing quality patient care. This is accomplished by direct renovation and restoration of free clinics or providing an entertaining atmosphere for patients through visits and performances.