Volunteer Opportunities


Better lives and healthier futures start with YOU.

Three exuberant volunteers

There are many different ways you can help

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Join a Movement

NKF volunteers are essential to hundreds of local Kidney Walk, NKF Golf Classic or other social events. 

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Healthy Communities

Volunteers help educate patients and perform kidney health checks on whole communities for kidney disease.

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Spread the Word

We rely on volunteers to raise critical funds, open doors and be our kidney health ambassadors on social media.

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Create Real Change

Advocates use their experiences of living with kidney disease to make it real for government policy makers.

Your Experience, Your Voice

FRITA FISHER • Nephrologist on the NKF Atlanta Board

“I heard about NKF from some of the Atlanta board members when I first started my nephrology practice at Emory Midtown. I started volunteering by establishing a kidney walk team: Midtown Love. Each year, our walk team fundraising projects became more and more involved: from bake sales, to designer purse raffles, to kidney dance-a-thons. Ultimately, I sponsored a gala, Power to Overcome, to raise money for my kidney walk team. After that, I was invited to join the board, and the rest is history.”

MARK DEMPSEY • Volunteer, Walk Committee Chairman

“My middle child, Mason, was born in renal failure and with only one functioning kidney due to a genetic chromosome syndrome. I don’t have a medical background, so there was a feeling of helplessness that something is wrong with my child and I can’t do anything about it. My involvement with the National Kidney Foundation has always been my way to giving back and supporting him.”


“After doing one year of Peritoneal Dialysis, I received a kidney from my sister, Charlene German.
It is important for me to be a volunteer to help educate others so that they don’t have to endure what I went through, although it has made me more appreciative of life and mentally stronger.”

LAURIE BENTON • Advanced Practitioner Volunteer, Nephrology Advanced Practitioner Program


“I began volunteering at NKF because I wanted to learn more about the profession and care of the renal patient. I found out there were no physician assistants and nurse practitioners involved with the organization. NKF let us start the NKF CAP council, and they have continued to be very supportive and inclusive of our members.”

WAI YIN HO • Planning Committee for the Renal Dietitian Track


“Being a part of the Planning Committee for the Renal Dietician track is such a fulfilling experience. Volunteering makes me feel good that I am a contributor to the renal community. As a volunteer, my alert level on industry news, trends, and research findings is heightened and, therefore, helping me grow professionally”

ALLEN H. NELSON • NKF Peers Volunteer


I have been on in-center hemodialysis for eight years, and it has kept me alive in a rather normal life. My family and I are very thankful for that. My interest in being a volunteer is my effort to give back to other kidney disease and dialysis patients.

Volunteer Opportunity Location Opportunity Type
Denver Kidney Walk Volunteer Denver, CO
Fundraising Event 
Maryland & Delaware Local Office Volunteer Cockeysville, MD
Administrative/office support 
Dallas Day-of Walk Volunteer Grand Prairie, TX
Fundraising Event 
General Volunteer Sign-up Nationwide
St. Louis Golf Classic Volunteer Weldon Spring, MO
Fundraising Event 
Maryland Kidney Walk Volunteer Baltimore, MD
Fundraising Event 
Southern Colorado Walk Volunteer Colorado Springs, CO
Fundraising Event 
Charlotte Day of Walk Volunteer Charlotte, NC
Pittsburgh Kidney Walk Volunteer Pittsburgh, PA
Fundraising Event 
Atlanta Walk Day Volunteer Atlanta, GA
Fundraising Event