Impact Matchmaker: CFM Pairs Giving With Local Need

Man holds water bottle next to a dialysis machine.
Mississippi Kidney Foundation’s executive director, TJ Mayfield, stands with a dialysis machine that will be able to use bottled water provided by the grant.

Can five dollars make a difference? For 629 Humana employees, individual five and ten dollar donations, pooled together through Humana Foundation employee giving, are making a massive difference in Jackson, Mississippi through the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

After learning about the Community Foundation for Mississippi on the news during the Jackson water crisis, Humana Foundation highlighted the Helping Friends and Neighbors Fund at CFM on its employee giving portal. After receiving the final donation of $5,336 – made mostly of five and ten-dollar donations – CFM’s knowledge of the community paired their donation with a known need from the Mississippi Kidney Foundation.

To prepare for the next crisis, MKF created a plan to supply seven dialysis clinics with 600 bottles and jugs of water ready at a moment’s notice for in-home dialysis and clinic dialysis if water pressure was lost.

The difference between the total Humana Foundation gift and the MKF request? Thirty-four dollars. Each small donation made a difference, bridging the gap for a lifesaving component dialysis patients need to survive during a crisis.

Mississippi Kidney Foundation Executive Director TJ Mayfield said dialysis clinics are often forgotten during water emergencies because most don’t realize the connection between clean water and operations. “The Mississippi Kidney Foundation is eternally grateful for the support of Mississippi’s dialysis patients,” he said. “The Jackson water crisis was devastating to the entire community, but far too often people forget about the dialysis community who depend on clean water to survive. We are appreciative of everyone who donated to this cause.”