In many ways, the communities of which we are a part, represent our extended families. We survive and thrive because of our communities. The sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves has always been central to our ways of life. Kidneys In Common is working with your communities to make sure that, when it comes to Kidney disease, community members understand how best to help their own. Your church, your running club, fraternal order, civic club, corporate family or fellow veterans — these are the communities that make us strong when we need it the most. If 1 in 3 Americans are at risk of confronting kidney disease this year, you can do the math. Someone close to you needs help. Providing an community directed donation to a community you love will save lives.
Kidneys in Common is taking a Community-Based approach to increasing the number of Living Kidney Donors. By mobilizing national Civic, Fraternal, Labor, Veteran and Faith-based organizations and working with them to use their existing organizational infrastructure, trusted organizations are able to highlight the need for healthy kidneys among their members.
The challenge is to establish the institutions and organizations where we live, work, play and pray as safe, active environments for understanding how kidney disease impacts lives and families. And then, with awareness of how kidney disease challenges fellow members of the community, members can also safely consider how and whether they might help.
Consider that every American opts-in to any number of communities such as civic, fraternal, corporate, athletic, veteran or faith-based. For many such organizations, the well being of their constituents is paramount. Kidneys in Common is engaging the national leadership of these communities in order to create awareness of the kidney crisis, and the potential each community has for solutions.
We survive and thrive because of our communities. The sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves has always been central to our ways of life. When we see communities helping a family or an individual, what we are really witnessing are people helping people. Community is a two-way street: a community can multiply and share only what its members give to it.
Communities are ideally suited to carry the message that people near to you are facing a life-challenge of kidney disease, and offer you the clear opportunity to help.