Engaging with the communities where we live and work
At ARA, our focus on helping people extends beyond our corporate mission. We also support local activities in the communities surrounding our Beverly, MA headquarters and our clinics around the country.
Here are some of the activities that we participate in and support.
Local Community Activities at the Corporate Office
American Kidney Fund (AKF) Kidney Action Day – Kidney Action Day is a free event that focuses on helping people understand their risk for kidney disease and how to prevent it. AKF hosts Kidney Action Day throughout the country in a variety of locations. ARA’s Corporate office supported this event in Boston to help raise awareness: http://www.kidneyfund.org/prevention/free-kidney-health-screenings/kidney-action-day/.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Boston Kidney Walk – NKF hosts Kidney Walks around the country throughout the year and ARA consistently has a number of regional teams participate in their local areas. On October 14, 2018, ARA's Corporate Team -- "The Kidney Keepers" -- participated in the NKF’s Boston Kidney Walk in Cambridge, MA.
Beverly Summer Literacy Program – American Renal Associates contributed $10,000 to the Beverly Summer Literacy Program, a program designed to assist elementary school students entering grades 1, 2 and 3 who are struggling to learn how to read. The helps students stay on track academically during the summer months, while still incorporating fun camp activities, like swimming and arts and crafts. As a result of ARA’s contribution in 2018, the Beverly Summer Literacy Program served more than 180 elementary school students who were able to make significant gains in reading achievement. ARA takes great pride in being part of the Beverly, MA community, and is thrilled to be a major contributor to this initiative to help young students in our community.
Greater Beverly YMCA Camp Clean-up Day - Thirty staff members from ARA's Corporate office volunteered their time in early October 2018 to help the Beverly YMCA winterize their campgrounds. From painting to yard work to general clean-up, the ARA staff worked together, and with local YMCA staff, to get the camp ready for the upcoming New England winter. Greater Beverly YMCA Executive Director Judith Cronin said of the ARA volunteer group, "This was the hardest working group of volunteers I have ever worked with!"
Local Community Activities Around the Country
ARA’s Hurricane Heroes
The 2017 Hurricane season was extraordinarily active with Hurricane Harvey impacting eight Houston-area ARA clinics, and Hurricane Irma impacting a significant number of ARA clinics in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. As a result of excellent preparation, our staff and patients managed through these storms heroically. ARA staff from different regions around the country contributed time, resources and support to help in the impacted areas. Here are some images showing the tremendous volunteerism of our colleagues.
Additionally, ARA staff, together with matching contributions for the Corporate office, donated a total of nearly $28,000 to various groups to assist with hurricane relief efforts.
NKF Kidney Walk
The National Kidney Foundation hosts more than 100 Kidney Walks in communities around the country. ARA and local caregivers are proud to participate in these walks with staff, patients and their families who come together to help fight kidney disease.
- Two of ARA’s dialysis centers in South Carolina – Carolina Dialysis and Spartanburg Dialysis – joined together to create a team for NKF’s Upstate Kidney Walk at Furman University in Greenville, SC. The team was comprised of staff, patients and family members, and with 75 participants, ARA had the largest representation there.
- Wallingford Dialysis Care in Wallingford, CT participated in the NKF Hartford/Springfield Kidney Walk at Wickham Park in Manchester, CT. Team ARA, made up of staff, patients and their family members, has participated in a number of NKF walks, including the New Haven County Kidney Walk in Hamden, CT.
- Thirteen of ARA’s Texas facilities – Ameritech Arlington, Ameritech Bedford, DeSoto Regional Dialysis Center, Regional Dialysis Center of Lancaster, Regional Dialysis Center of Mesquite, Carrollton Regional Dialysis Center, Irving Regional Dialysis Center, Green Oaks Dialysis Center, Grapevine Regional Dialysis Center, Grand Prairie Dialysis Center, South Arlington Dialysis Center, Eastchase Dialysis Center and Kessler Park Regional Dialysis Center – joined together to create a team of 29 people who participated in the NKF Kidney Walk at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX. Go Green Team ARA was comprised of ARA staff, patients and family members, and exceeded its fundraising goal of $2,000. And physician partner Dallas Nephrology Associates was the top fundraiser at the event, raising more than $44,000.
- Three of ARA’s dialysis centers in Florida – Western Community Dialysis, Jupiter Kidney Center and Atlantic Kidney Center – joined together to create a team to walk in NKF’s Palm Beach Kidney Walk in Jupiter, FL.
- American Universal in Newark, DE and American Universal-Hockessin in Hockessin, DE joined together to staff a table at the Wilmington, DE Kidney Walk on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Frawley Stadium – home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Riverfront Wilmington.
- Four Pennsylvania facilities – Langhorne Dialysis Center, Dialysis Center of Bucks County, Woodhaven Dialysis Center and The Kidney Center of South Philadelphia – participated in a local Kidney Walk in October 2018. A number of staff and patients attended and one patient brought a group of 17 friends and family members to walk with the group.
The DeSoto Regional Dialysis Center made homemade, no-sew “puppy blankets” for the Tri-City Animal shelter. Additionally, the team filled two cars with donated food, toys and other supplies for the Tri-City Animal Shelter.
NKF’s KEEP Healthy
The staff at the Dialysis Center of North Philadelphia assisted in the NKF’s Keep Healthy screening program. The program is designed to educate people about their kidneys, including teaching them how to keep their kidneys healthy and how to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. More information is available at www.kidney.org/keephealthy.
DeSoto Regional Dialysis Center helped sort and distribute gifts as “Santa’s Helpers” during the holiday season with the Salvation Army.