The Holmes County Kidney Fund Story

We’re a charity grounded in values of loyalty, sensitivity, and altruism. We’re managed and operated by people like you: locals with a strong sense of community.  Our goal is to foster real, meaningful change in as many lives as we can. We know how amazing giving feels, and we like it.


Inspired by Compassion

The Holmes County Kidney Fund stays true to its roots. Founded as a voluntary nonprofit organization in 1976 by Lizzie Ann Yoder, the goal was simple: give back to a community that was so instrumental in helping offset the medical expenses of her son’s kidney transplant. Lizzie Ann oversaw the fund until her death in 1979. Today, her children keep the vision alive, with her youngest son Marv chairing the organization with the help of a council of volunteers.

Kidney disease hits close to home for the Yoder family; it’s something they’re passionate about fighting. After over 40 years, The Fund is still a Yoder family project, but it’s grown to include members of other families as well, families touched by the generosity of a community that genuinely cares.


What We Do

The Holmes County Kidney Fund assists area residents suffering from kidney disease who have no other means of support. The Fund provides financial aid for prescription drugs, transportation to and from dialysis centers, and medical bills. The rising cost of care can be an ever-growing burden on an already stressed family, so we do our best to alleviate pressure as best we can. Our monthly budget is depleted quickly, which is why donations are so important. Currently, The Holmes County Kidney Fund is providing monetary aid to 20 friends.

The Holmes County Kidney Fund also supports research projects through the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Nephrology and Hypertension Research Fund for Kidney Transplants. The Clinic focuses its research on the long-term complications of renal transplantation. The Cleveland Clinic was the location of the initial transplant in 1976, and it has remained a leader in cutting-edge treatment and care.


How We Do It

Funding comes from two sources, charitable donations and our annual benefit auction. The auction is held on the first Saturday in June at the Mt. Hope Auction Barn. Sale day begins at 6:00 AM with a pancake and sausage breakfast. The sale starts at 9:00 AM, auction items include Amish and Mennonite made quilts, handcrafted Amish furniture, home and garden accessories, and much more. The whole Yoder clan will be there holding quilts, moving furniture, and taking great pictures. Visit our photo gallery for full-color shots of sale items and festivities.

No Holmes County gathering would be complete without great food. A fully-stocked lunch stand, featuring barbecued chicken with all the sides, ensures that no visitors ever go hungry. Just be sure to save room for desert.