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Apr 1, 2020

KEX Kids Fund Hearing Services - Jan to March 2020

The KEX Kids FUnd wishes to express its sincere thanks to our donors, supporters and our providers throughout the KEX Kids Fund service area. As Helen Keller told us, not having her vision broke connection with things" while not having her hearing isolated her from "people".

During the first quarter of 2020, January - March, the KEX Kids Fund received a toal of 8 applications as follows:  January - 3    February - 1    March - 4

Application by County was a s follows:

Multnomah - 1    Benton - 1    Clackamas - 1    Lane - 1   Linn - 1    Morrow - 1    Polk - 1    Yamhill - 1

Our thanks also goes out to the speech language pathology therapists throughout the schools of Oregon and SW Washington who help find the need that drives finding the solution for these children.          

Apr 1, 2020

KEX Kids Fund Vision Services - Jan to March 2020

It was a busy and successful first quarter of 2020, January through March, for the KEX Kids Fund. We'd like to say a sincere thank you to all of our donors, supporters and dedicated providers for helping children in need in Oregon and SW Washington get the vision help they need to be successful in their school and scoial expereinces and in their lives.

During this period there were 199 requests submitted. Of that 199, 156 were Approvedwas Deniedwere Canceled and 38 were Completed.

County by County requests were as follows:

Benton-1    Clackamas-25    Clark-3    Clatsop-1    Columbia-2    Crook-1    Douglas-3    Marion-10      Morrow-4    Multnomah-90    Polk-2    Skamania-1    Umatilla-2    Washington-52    Yamhill-2

This period was a partially a result of the work of our partners at the  20/20 School Vision Screening Program from the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and the school nurses of the region we all work with.

School nurses and principals have shared that access to exams and eyeglasses helps their students in the classroom, and most recently new students from another country received crucial help through the KEX Kids Fund. They can see and learn better now!

Jan 15, 2020

KEX Kids Fund - Vision Care Activity for calendar year 2019

Dear Donors,

Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors for their generous support so we can continue to provide vision and hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help.

Our annual Thanksgiving Radio-A-Thon was held Thanksgiving Weekend on KEX 1190 AM radio station. See and search for KEX Kids Fund On Air Pledge Drive.

Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.

For the year 2019, we received a total of $190,503 – this includes the following: grants, GlobalGiving donations, and $159,589 in donor contributions from our Thanksgiving Pledge Drive.

In 2019, we issued 648 vouchers for children in need to receive free eye exams and eyeglasses. We served children in 18 counties in Oregon and 2 in Washington. We partner with 105 vision providers at 75 locations. Our vision care expenses for the calendar year 2019 were $43,924.

We continue to help reach children who have vision problems and whose families qualify for assistance (income less than 200% of federal poverty level). School districts in Oregon depend upon the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) to provide vision screening for their students. In response to a proposal from OLSHF, our board voted to contribute to OLSHF for vision screening support. OLSHF reported that they provided screenings at 583 locations in Oregon. About 176,000 children were screened, resulting in referrals for 19,000 children for additional vision care. Our KEX Kids Fund program helps those students who can’t afford further medical costs.

Thank you again for helping us to bring sight to children who need vision assistance in Oregon and SW Washington!


“This is such a blessing to our students! We have many families that are in the middle of trying to access their health care or do not have vision benefits, so this is a tremendous asset for our families. This is my one and only resource at times for helping our students.  We have vision screenings every year and we work to ensure that all students have access to appointments and glasses, as needed.  Our parents are so very grateful and thankful that this is available to help them. Thank you KEX Kids Fund!” --J.Y., Elementary School Counselor

 “Thank you for helping with my glasses, I really appreciate it.” --H.C., Student

 “This is an amazing program and is so appreciated! What a game-changer for so many youth. Keep up the great work!” --E.C., Mentor

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