KEX Kids Fund

The mission of the KEX Kids Fund is to provide basic vision and hearing care to all eligible children in 16 counties in Oregon and SW Washington. Since 1987, we have been able to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids to all eligible children requesting our help.
Apr 20, 2016

Hearing Care Activity for January to April 2016

May 7th Vision Fun Run
May 7th Vision Fun Run

Dear Donors,

Thank you GlobalGiving donors for your generous support this year! Several donors have set up recurring donations and we appreciate this ongoing support. Thank you, too, for helping us continue to provide vision and hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help!! As we mentioned in last year’s report, in addition to meeting our goal the KEX Kids Fund had been selected to receive a National Outstanding Service Award from the NAB Education Foundation for Service to Children presented in Washington DC on June 16, 2015!! In addition to this National Award, the KEX Kids Fund received local recognition by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation as their Partner of the Year at their Gala Award Dinner on October 3, 2015. The award was presented by Dr. Eric Jones, Legacy Health Systems. Thank you again for your help to make this recognition possible!

So far this year your support helped us raise $28,748.40 to provide both hearing and vision care for needy children in Oregon and SW Washington for our 2016 program. Most of our operating expenses for 2016 are pledged and collected during our annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. In November 2015, we have received $117,082 to be used for our $140,000 budget for 2016. We are very pleased with this support as the radio time for the fundraiser included only the four morning broadcasts and not the two afternoon commuting time broadcasts which have historically brought in $15,000 to $20,000 in pledges. Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.

Hearing Care Program Services expenses for 2015 were $24,850 and the KEX Kids Fund provided care for 41 children. These children received hearing care services valued at nearly $100,000. So far in 2016, our hearing care expenses are $10,823 and we have provided hearing care for 23 children. As reported previously, our Hearing Care Program has experienced changes and challenges in the recent years. In 2011, Oregon legislation impacted our hearing program in two ways. First the requirement that insurance companies to cover costs of hearing aids for children under 18 reduced our hearing program expenses. Second, cuts in education funding resulted in a reduction in staff at several of our ESD hearing care locations. In some cases, audiologists are able to continue to provide hearing exams but are no longer able to fit or dispense hearing aids. In our October 2011 board meeting, we approved reimbursement for private providers for the fitting and dispensing fees for children in this area. Private audiology providers are also offering services to our children. In 2013, the Oregon Department of Education policy reduced or eliminated support of audiology services at ESD resulting in further impacts on our hearing program. Some ESD districts have agreed to use local district resources for evaluation and dispensing hearing aids for children in their district while others are limiting services to evaluation and/or serving children 0 to 5 years of age. Our board member, Sherry Brown, is keeping the KEX Board updated on these developments and suggesting ways that the KEX Kids Fund can continue to serve children in need of hearing care services. Sherry encouraged another ESD audiologist from the Salem area, Glenda Smith-Fowler to join our board and they have recruited additional audiology providers to provide services to our children to bridge some of the gaps from Oregon ESD funding cuts. Sherry and Glenda are helping us consider options for providing hearing care to needy children outside our current 16 county service area. We currently have 15 audiologists supporting our hearing program.

Throughout the year we receive thank you notes and photos from our hearing care children. We are attaching copies of these items and photos from the October OLSHF Gala Event to this report. Thank you again for helping us to bring sound to needy children in Oregon and SW Washington.

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Apr 20, 2016

Vision Care Activity for January - April, 2016

May 7th Vision Fun Run
May 7th Vision Fun Run

Dear Donors,

Thank you Global iving donors for your generous support this year! Several donors have set up recurring donations and we appreciate this ongoing support. Thank you, too, for helping us continue to provide vision and hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help!! As we mentioned in last year’s report, in addition to meeting our goal the KEX Kids Fund had been selected to receive a National Outstanding Service Award from the NAB Education Foundation for Service to Children presented in Washington DC on June 16, 2015!! In addition to this National Award, the KEX Kids Fund received local recognition by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation as their Partner of the Year at their Gala Award Dinner on October 3, 2015. The award was presented by Dr. Eric Jones, Legacy Health Systems. Thank you again for your help to make this recognition possible!

Please note that May 7, 2016 is the date for the First Annual Vision Fun Run in the Portland area – created by one of our local children to benefit the KEX Kids Fund. More details are available at www.visionfunrun.com

 So far this year your support helped us raise $28,748.40 to provide both hearing and vision care for needy children in Oregon and SW Washington for our 2016 program. Most of our operating expenses for 2016 are pledged and collected during our annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. In November 2015, we have received $117,082 to be used for our $140,000 budget for 2016. We are very pleased with this support as the radio time for the fundraiser included only the four morning broadcasts and not the two afternoon commuting time broadcasts which have historically brought in $15,000 to $20,000 in pledges. Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.

Vision Care Program Services expenses in 2015 were $56,028. In 2015, we processed requests for vision care for 774 children. These KEX Kids Fund children received vision care services valued at over $150,000. So far in 2016, our vision care expenses are $16,070 and we have provided vision care for 90 children. We continue to be able to provide vision care services to all qualified children who request our help and have no other options for vision care. Our contact at the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation (OLSHF), Kerith Vance, receives Thank You notes form children receiving KEX Kids Fund vision care which we will attach to this report when available.

We continue to be concerned about reaching children who have vision problems and whose families qualify for our help (on free or reduced-price lunch programs). School districts in Oregon depend upon the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation to provide vision screening for their students. Funding this program is becoming a challenge and the KEX Kids Fund Board is expanding our partnership with OLSHF to help them continue to provide screening to districts without the resources to fund the screening program. In response to a proposal from OLSHF, at our July board meeting, we voted to contribute $25,000 to OLSHF to help them provide the Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) to districts that lack local resources to share in the cost of providing this service to their students, In 2015, OLSHF provided screening in 360 schools. About 130,000 children were screened resulting in referrals for over 11,000 children for additional vision care.

In addition to assistance with the OLSHF’s vision screening program, at our April 2016 board meeting we voted to contribute $9000 to OLSHF’s Optical Finishing Lab project to assemble children’s frame display kits for our providers to use with their children to select high quality low cost eyeglasses at considerable savings. The KEX Kids Fund will pay OLSHF LEAP program directly for eyeglasses for our children.

Thank you again for helping us to bring sight to needy children in Oregon and SW Washington.

Oregon Lions Partner of the Year Award
Oregon Lions Partner of the Year Award

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Jan 24, 2016

Hearing Care Activity for January to December 2015

KEX Kids Fund receiving award from Dr. Eric Jones
KEX Kids Fund receiving award from Dr. Eric Jones

Dear Donors,

Thank you Global Giving donors for your generous support in December! Your donations in December 2015 represent the largest monthly donations from Global Giving supporters since your support began in Summer, 2011. Thank you, too, for helping us make this another successful year for the KEX Kids Fund and continuing our goal of providing hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help!! As we mentioned in our last report, in addition to meeting our goal the KEX Kids Fund has been selected to receive a National Outstanding Service Award from the NAB Education Foundation for Service to Children presented in Washington DC on June 16, 2015!! In addition to this National Award, the KEX Kids Fund received local recognition by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation as their Partner of the Year at their Gala Award Dinner on October 3, 2015. The award was presented by Dr. Eric Jones, Legacy Health Systems. Thank you again for your help to make this recognition possible!

Your support helped us raise $121,314 to provide both hearing and vision care for needy children in Oregon and SW Washington for our 2015 program. Most of our operating expenses for 2015 are pledged and collected during our annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. In November 2014, we have received $95,315 to be used for our $140,000 budget for 2015. We are pleased to report another successful November 2015 fundraiser. To date we have received $112,060 for our 2016 budgets. We are very pleased with this support as the radio time for the fundraiser included only the four morning broadcasts and not the two afternoon commuting time broadcasts which have historically brought in $15,000 to $20,000 in pledges. Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.

Hearing Care Program Services expenses for 2015 were $24,850. The KEX Kids Fund provided care for 41 children during 2015. These children received hearing care services valued at nearly $100,000. As reported previously, our Hearing Care Program has experienced changes and challenges in the recent years. In 2011, Oregon legislation impacted our hearing program in two ways. First the requirement that insurance companies to cover costs of hearing aids for children under 18 reduced our hearing program expenses. Second, cuts in education funding resulted in a reduction in staff at several of our ESD hearing care locations. In some cases, audiologists are able to continue to provide hearing exams but are no longer able to fit or dispense hearing aids. In our October 2011 board meeting, we approved reimbursement for private providers for the fitting and dispensing fees for children in this area. Private audiology providers are also offering services to our children. In 2013, the Oregon Department of Education policy reduced or eliminated support of audiology services at ESD resulting in further impacts on our hearing program. Some ESD districts have agreed to use local district resources for evaluation and dispensing hearing aids for children in their district while others are limiting services to evaluation and/or serving children 0 to 5 years of age. Our board member, Sherry Brown, is keeping the KEX Board updated on these developments and suggesting ways that the KEX Kids Fund can continue to serve children in need of hearing care services. Sherry encouraged another ESD audiologist from the Salem area, Glenda Smith-Fowler to join our board and they have recruited additional audiology providers to provide services to our children to bridge some of the gaps from Oregon ESD funding cuts. Sherry and Glenda are helping us consider options for providing hearing care to needy children outside our current 16 county service area. We currently have 15 audiologists supporting our hearing program.

Throughout the year we receive thank you notes and photos from our hearing care children. We are attaching copies of these items and photos from the October OLSHF Gala Event to this report. Thank you again for helping us to bring sound to needy children in Oregon and SW Washington.

Letter from Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Letter from Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Idrissa
Idrissa's & her teacher's notes about her earmolds
 

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