Kent Community Fund 2021 Annual Report
The Kent Community Fund was established in 2006 to “help individuals living in Kent meet emergency needs and to support community charitable programs serving Kent residents” Starting in March of 2020, a large portion of grants were Covid-19 related due to job losses, food insecurity and special needs. Those needs continued into 2021. Generous contributions from full and part-time Kent residents, churches and organizations enabled KCF to respond quickly to local needs.
KCF has expended more than $485,000 since 2006 to assist Kent residents.
Grants for Emergency Needs
29 Grants were made in 2021: Payment was made directly to vendors or providers and included assistance with fuel and utility needs, rental assistance, car repairs, dental and medical bills and other needs. Rental assistance and utility payments were the greatest needs. More grants benefited families and working people than in the previous one or two years due to Covid-19 but assistance to elders increased in 2021 as seniors again felt comfortable seeking medical and dental care. A number of grants assisted cancer patients.
3 children received scholarship assistance to attend day camp in the summer of 2021 at YMCA Camp Mohawk in Cornwall. KCF also supported the Town of Kent’s Santa Fund and an area-wide Thanksgiving food drive. Many of the families assisted with rent and other needs in 2021 included school-aged and younger children.
More than 4 tons of free and low cost food were obtained/purchased for the Kent Food Bank through KCF’s membership in the Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare.
Services provided by local Visiting Nurse Associations with KCF Support
A total of 122 visits by nurses and other VNA staff benefited eighteen Kent elders, most over the age of 80. Most of the monthly home visits were wellness or health promotion related, to monitor patients’ health. Referrals came from physicians, hospitals and local social workers. This is three times the number of visits in 2020, when Covid-19 impacted services.
Eight elders received assistance in covering the cost of their Lifeline emergency alert systems. KCF provided support for Kent’s annual flu clinic and covered the cost of vaccine for 8 uninsured residents.
Over 325 Kent residents of all ages were served in 2021. KCF is a non-profit organization supported by contributions from local donors. No government funds are used and all services are confidential.
The Kent Community Fund files a 990 report with the I.R.S. each year. Please contact us if you would like to review a copy, or with any additional questions, at email@example.com.