It’s that time again! DCI is now conducting Purpose Projects 2019. A Purpose Project is an excellent opportunity to build a bridge of support and communication between your team and local community.

What is a Purpose Project?

A Purpose Project is a service project that your team hosts to meet a need in your local community and provide education about chronic kidney disease and organ donation.

How do I apply?

The deadline for submission was Dec. 6, 2018. DCI Public Information will email and share the final list of approved Projects on DCI’s website and social media no later than January 14, 2019. The next round of Purpose Projects will be held in the year 2021. Be sure to check back and apply to set up a team at that time.

What are some examples of a Purpose Project?

The Projects can be as creative as teams want them to be, as long as the community benefits from the Project and learns about kidney disease in the process. Some ideas:

  • Teach classes at educational institutions (elementary through college) or at the local hospital. Create a “semester plan” that includes speaking to students in a nutrition, nursing or medical sciences class about dialysis, transplantation or a renal diet. Join in a university’s health fair and educate the students about dialysis and career opportunities in the field. Provide a free blood pressure screening event. Create kidney education worksheets or crossword puzzles for elementary science classes or after school programs and take kidney friendly snacks. Work with the local hospital to provide a lunch and learn event to hospitalists regarding dialysis care and chronic kidney disease interventions. Introduce REACH Kidney Care to the hospital teams.

  • Provide grocery store shopping tours. Create renal friendly shopping lists, partner with your local grocery store and invite patients and community members to learn more about a kidney friendly diet. Great places to invite community members to join in a grocery store tour include nursing homes, urgent care centers, gyms, diet and wellness centers, yoga studios, etc.

  • Create a video that fills an educational need. What topic would patients benefit from hearing other patients discuss? Work with your team and patients to identify educational gaps. Create an educational (and motivational!) video.

  • Host an event with a community partner(s). Gather community partners together for an athletic event (3K walk, dodge ball challenge, softball tournament) and involve the local hospital, YMCA, food pantry, etc. Set up booths at the event. Have the community bring kidney-friendly food for the food pantry. Offer health screenings and education during the event.

Where can I find more information?

Questions regarding Purpose Projects can be directed to Please be sure to include “Purpose Project” in the subject line of your email.