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Jul 26, 2019

Hearing Care Activity for January - June 2019

Dear Donors,

Thank you Global Giving 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 to continue to provide vision and hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help!  We scheduled two fundraising events in 2018.  Our third annual Vision Fun Run took place on May 20, 2018 in NW Portland.  See www.visionfunrun.comfor additional information.  We partnered in a Golf Tournament with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation at Langdon Farms in September.  See the OLSHF website for additional information www.olshf.org.  Our annual Thanksgiving Radio-A-Thon was held Thanksgiving Weekend on KEX 1190 AM radio station.  See https://1190kex.iheart.comand search for KEX Kids Fund On Air Pledge Drive.

In 2018 your support helped us raise $233,416.11 to provide both hearing and vision care for needy children in Oregon and SW Washington. Most of our operating expenses for 2019 were pledged and collected during our annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. Funds will be used for our $160,000 budget for 2019.  . We are very pleased with this support as the radio time for the fundraiser was less than previous years. The KEX Kids Fund drive was on the air this year on Thursday and Friday from 6 a.m. through 9 a.m. and then Monday and Tuesday during the Mark Mason show from 12 p.m. through 3 p.m. Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.  

As of 6/30/2019 we have received $31,755.97 including $24,874.00 from our Thanksgiving Pledge Drive.  Our hearing care expenses for so far this year were $21,404.19 for hearing care for 25 children (around $856/child).  These children received services valued at over $85,000.  (4x our expenses)

We also added four counties in Oregon and Washington to our vision and hearing programs:  Crook County in Oregon to Vision Care and Lane County in Oregon to Hearing Care; Klickitat and Walla Walla Counties in Washington to Hearing Care so that we now serve children in 24 counties in Oregon and SW Washington. 

Our board member, Sherry Brown, is keeping the KEX Board updated on state funding changes 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 24 county service area.  We currently have 26 audiologists supporting our hearing program.

Throughout the year we receive thank you notes and photos from our hearing care children. We attach copies of these items to our reports. Thank you again for helping us to bring sound to needy children in Oregon and SW Washington.

Jul 24, 2019

Vision Care for Needy Children

Dear Donors,

Thank you Global Giving 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 to continue to provide vision and hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help!  We scheduled two fundraising events in 2018.  Our third annual Vision Fun Run took place on May 20, 2018 in NW Portland.  See www.visionfunrun.com for additional information.  We partnered in a Golf Tournament with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation at Langdon Farms in September.  See the OLSHF website for additional information www.olshf.org.  Our annual Thanksgiving Radio-A-Thon was held Thanksgiving Weekend on KEX 1190 AM radio station.  See https://1190kex.iheart.comand search for KEX Kids Fund On Air Pledge Drive.

In 2018 your support helped us raise $233,416.11 to provide both hearing and vision care for needy children in Oregon and SW Washington. Most of our operating expenses for 2019 were pledged and collected during our annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. Funds will be used for our $160,000 budget for 2019.  . We are very pleased with this support as the radio time for the fundraiser was less than previous years. The KEX Kids Fund drive was on the air this year on Thursday and Friday from 6 a.m. through 9 a.m. and then Monday and Tuesday during the Mark Mason show from 12 p.m. through 3 p.m. Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.  

As of 6/30/2019 we have received $31,755.97 including $24,874.00 from our Thanksgiving Pledge Drive. Our vision care expenses for this period were $26,143.73 for vision care for 342 children (around $76/child).  These children received vision care services valued at over $104,000.  We have recently added providers and locations to our KEX Kids Vision Provider list and now have 123 providers in 49 cities at 74 locations.

We continue to be concerned about reaching children who have vision problems and whose families qualify for our help (income less than 200% of federal poverty level).  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 April, 2018 board meeting, we voted to continue to contribute 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. OLSHF has reported that they provided screening at over 600 sites during 2018. About 179,000 children were screened resulting in referrals for 19,690 children (~11%) for additional vision care.  

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

Apr 24, 2019

Vision Care Activity for January to April 2019

Dear Donors

Thank you Global Giving 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 to continue to provide vision and hearing care for all eligible children requesting our help! We scheduled two fundraising events in 2018. Our third annual Vision Fun Run took place on May 20, 2018 in NW Portland. See www.visionfunrun.com for additional information. We partnered in a Golf Tournament with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation at Langdon Farms in September. See the OLSHF website for additional information www.olshf.org. Our annual Thanksgiving Radio-A-Thon was held Thanksgiving Weekend on KEX 1190 AM radio station. See https://1190kex.iheart.com and search for KEX Kids Fund On Air Pledge Drive.

In 2018 your support helped us raise $233,416.11 to provide both hearing and vision care for needy children in Oregon and SW Washington. Most of our operating expenses for 2019 were pledged and collected during our annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. Funds will be used for our $160,000 budget for 2019. . We are very pleased with this support as the radio time for the fundraiser was less than previous years. The KEX Kids Fund drive was on the air this year on Thursday and Friday from 6 a.m. through 9 a.m. and then Monday and Tuesday during the Mark Mason show from 12 p.m. through 3 p.m. Our funds are kept in one account and are used for both of our Hearing and Vision Care programs.

As of 3/31/2019 we have received $24,937.62 including $18,565.00 from our Thanksgiving Pledge Drive. Our vision care expenses for this period were $11,867 for vision care for 181children (around $65/child). These children received vision care services valued at over $47,000. We have recently added providers and locations to our KEX Kids Vision Provider list and now have 123 providers in 49 cities at 76 locations.

We continue to be concerned about reaching children who have vision problems and whose families qualify for our help (income less than 200% of federal poverty level). 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 April, 2018 board meeting, we voted to continue to contribute 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. OLSHF has reported that they provided screening at over 600 sites during 2018. About 179,000 children were screened resulting in referrals for 19,690 children (~11%) for additional vision care.

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


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