VISALIA – Working at a dialysis center, the employees of DaVita Inc. are acutely aware of the toll that chronic illness has on the human body, especially those that are not fully grown.
That’s why the employees at DaVita’s Vineyard Dialysis in Visalia decided to donate money to a local non-profit that raises awareness and donations for children suffering from chronic illnesses in the Central Valley. Last month, the employees presented a check for $1,150 to Jocelyn Flores, a 3-year-old cancer patient, and her mother Melissa Flores who were representing the Tulare-based nonprofit His Heart Beats. The Tulare-based nonprofit raises awareness about chronic illness affecting children, motivating the community to support their neighbors in local hospitals. Through food and toy drives, donations, meal services, and fundraisers, His Heart Beats they support families going through difficult circumstances and give people a chance to get involved in a statewide effort.
“We work daily with patients suffering from chronic disease, so we are thankful for the opportunity to support another organization that works everyday hoping to improve the lives of children with chronic illnesses. We know the hard work it takes, and align with their mission of brightening the lives of families going through difficult times,” said Grady Dodson, a DaVita Facility Administrator.
Tamara Trevino of His Heart Beats said the DaVita contribution will go a long way to support its mission.
“Our focus is to support these families who have a child laying in a bed at Children Hospital in Fresno. Many people don’t know the needs that a family will go through while their child is fighting for their life and that is what His Heart Beats does,” said Trevino.
The donation was part of “DaVita Way of Giving,” the company’s locally focused charitable giving initiative that helps nonprofit organizations throughout the United States grow and thrive.
While many companies make charitable contributions to national non-profit organizations, the DaVita Way of Giving is unusual in that company leaders empowered clinics across DaVita’s 43-state footprint to select the locally-focused charity of their choice for a company contribution.
Nearly 600 clinics participated in the DaVita Way of Giving, and more than 600 charities throughout the U.S. will receive contributions. In some cases teammates in an individual clinic selected the local charity that would receive a $1,000 contribution. In others, numerous clinics in a particular community joined together to select a beneficiary that would receive a larger contribution.
Contributions include nationally recognized charities like Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation and United Way, as well as hundreds of grassroots contributions to smaller local charities focused on needs in their individual communities, such as His Heart Beats.
DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care services committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, is dedicated to spreading ripples of citizen leadership through its Trilogy of Care – caring for its patients, caring for each other and caring for the world.
To learn more about DaVita’s community engagement efforts, please visit DaVita.com/CommunityCare. Barragan, Brenda Villegas, Maria Rodriguez, Angie Castillo, Ziomara Cervantes.