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 has had a number of regional teams participate in their local areas. On October 15, 2017, Team ARA Corporate participated in the NKF’s Boston Kidney Walk around Canal Park in Cambridge, MA and donated a total of nearly $14,000.
Beverly Summer Literacy Program – American Renal Associates contributed $10,000 to the Beverly Summer Literacy Program in 2017. The goal of the program is to help young 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, combined with the contribution of other local businesses, more than 100 1st and 2nd graders reading below grade level across all Beverly, MA elementary schools were able to attend a six-week literacy learning summer day camp. This intensive focus enabled all of the participating students to make big strides in literacy 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.
Lynch Park Carriage House Restoration – ARA contributed $50,000 to the renovation of the historic seaside building in downtown Beverly, MA, close to ARA’s corporate offices. The updated building now serves as a function hall where weddings are celebrated and meetings are held. View the article in the Salem News.
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. Some of our clinics are actively involved in these walks with staff, patients and their families coming together to 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.
- Six of ARA’s Texas facilities – DeSoto Regional Dialysis Center, Regional Dialysis Center of Lancaster, Regional Dialysis Center of Mesquite, Carrollton Regional Dialysis Center, Irving Regional Dialysis Center and Kessler Park Regional Dialysis Center – joined together to create a team of 67 people who participated in the NKF Kidney Walk in Vitruvian Park in Dallas, TX. Team ARA was comprised of ARA staff, patients and family members, and exceeded its fundraising goal of $2,000. And our physician partner, Dallas Nephrology Associates, was the top fundraiser at the event, raising more than $17,000.
- 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.
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.