Member Spotlight: Jeanette Grimes

What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition?

I am acquainted with the great work Southside Wellness Coalition has done and is doing in our local communities. I had been attending meetings for over a year. I thought to myself, “I want to take my advocacy and action further.” Those thoughts are what prompted me to join SWC. Since I earned my Masters degree of Human Services, I believe I should be of service to humans. SWC is a great way to serve others.

What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges?

I consider one of Southside’s biggest challenges is unintended silos. The fact that some people are just becoming aware of this great work means that there is definitely still more work to be done in ALL our communities. If asked, most people can state what problems or issues exists, but they can’t name the great resource(s) we have in our communities.

What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest strengths?

One of Southside’s biggest strengths is the group of knowledgeable, talented, skilled and sharing individuals who care about the challenges we have and are willing, able and active as advocates and helpers.

If you are employed outside your home, what kind of work do you do?

I am a Community Heath Worker with Brunswick Health Ambassadors in partnership with Virginia Department of Health.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?

My fun fact is that the hula hoop is still my favorite toy and I have two I actively utilize at home.

What is something you’ve always wanted to do?

I’ve always wanted to drive a race car, just as an exhilarating hobby.

What is your favorite quote?

I have many favorite quotes, but the one that stands out the most is from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”