Jimmie Lawrence is a self-professed old soul, molded by the influences his late grandparents had on his life.
“They believed in sharing knowledge with the younger generation, and that played an integral part in my growth,” Lawrence said.
With his grandparents in mind, Lawrence looks for opportunities to take special care of the elderly through his work as Regions Bank branch manager in Ridgeland, South Carolina, and as a volunteer for Helping Hand Center, a nonprofit organization that brings services and resources to the elderly and disabled citizens of rural Jasper and Hampton Counties.
Lawrence teaches lessons on fraud protection and elder abuse at Helping Hand Center and supports the organization’s other programs.
“Helping Hand gives aid to our more seasoned neighbors who cannot finance needs within their homes, like rails for the disabled or roofing on mobile homes. They also provide free meals, medical supplies, mammograms, and prostate screenings,” Lawrence said. “Our elderly are often home alone without people to call on or spend time with them when they need it. Helping Hand is filling that void, and that’s something I adore, love and am happy to support.”
Commending his devotion to caring for the elderly, Regions presented Lawrence the Better Life Award on Wednesday. The Better Life Award is the top honor given to a Regions associate for outstanding dedication and job performance, as well as exemplary involvement and commitment to the community.
In addition to the Better Life Award, Regions donates $1,000 in the name of the recipient to a nonprofit organization of the winner’s choice. Lawrence chose Helping Hand Center as a tribute to his grandparents and others who paved a way for younger generations.
“I think it’s very important that we cherish our elderly. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Lawrence said. “I want them to know that I appreciate all they’ve done. I don’t want them to ever think they are forgotten. I hope their latter days are even greater than their former days.”