DaVita®,the kidney care division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, announced a $1,000 contribution to M.A.R.E. (Mastering Abilities Riding Equines).
On January 3, DaVita Bakersfield Northeast and Exeter presented M.A.R.E. with a $1,000 check as part of the “DaVita Way of Giving,” the company’s local charitable giving initiative, which is distributing more than $1 million to help non-profit organizations throughout the United States grow and thrive.
M.A.R.E.is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic equine assisted activities for the benefit of people living with special needs and disabilities. Founders Diane Hopkins, Mary Literilla and Dorothy Evans broke the trail for special needs children and adults in Kern County, allowing them to experience freedom of movement, freedom of spirit and freedom from judgment.
M.A.R.E. continues to provide “hope on horseback,” for exceptional equestrians in Kern County. DaVita Bakersfield and Exeter dialysis chose to donate to M.A.R.E. because Patient Care Technician, Tisa Kelley shared M.A.R.E.’s mission. Kelley, who has been attending M.A.R.E events for years, chose to nominate them for their impact in the local community.
“Truly one of the best parts of my job is being able to represent DaVita and give back in such a way that it sends ripples in our community. I am so appreciative for this opportunity provided with the DaVita Way of Giving initiative,” said Kathy Gillis, Facility Administrator.
Kirsten Hoffman of M.A.R.E. said the DaVita contribution will go a long way to support its mission.
“We are so thankful to have such great community support from DaVita that, like M.A.R.E., directs energies to helping improve the wellness of others,” said Hoffman.
DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care services committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), 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.