Kent Community Fund 2020 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, a large portion of grants were Covid-19 related due to job losses, food insecurity and special needs. Generous contributions from full and part-time Kent residents, churches and organizations enabled KCF to respond quickly to local needs.
Referrals for KCF assistance are made through Leah Pullaro, Social Services Director of the Town of Kent, whose phone number is 860 927-1586.
KCF has expended more than $405,000 since 2006 to assist Kent residents. Over 325 Kent residents of all ages were served in 2020.
Grants for Emergency Needs
41 grants were made in 2020. Payment was made to vendors and included assistance with fuel and utility needs, rental assistance, car repairs, dental and medical bills and other needs. More grants benefitted families and working people than in the previous one or two years due to Covid-19. Rental assistance was the greatest need.
Five children received scholarship assistance to attend day camp in the summer of 2020 at YMCA Camp Mohawk in Cornwall. KCF also purchased PPE equipment for a local nursery school, assisted the Town of Kent’s Santa Fund, supported an area-wide Thanksgiving food drive and purchased hats and shirts for the Town of Kent’s CERT volunteers who provided community support during the Covid-19 emergency.
More than 5 1/2 tons of free and low-cost food were obtained/purchased for the Kent Food Bank through KCF’s membership in the Connecticut Food Bank. KCF also supported the local food bank with purchases from Davis IGA, the NWCT Food Hub and a local farm. Food support in 2020 was seven times the 2019 total.
Services provided by local Visiting Nurse Associations with KCF Support
A total of 43 visits by nurses and other VNA staff benefitted Kent patients, mostly elderly. Most of the visits were wellness or health promotion visits to monitor patients’ health.
Six elders received assistance in covering the cost of their Lifeline emergency call systems. KCF provided support for Kent’s annual flu clinic and covered the cost of vaccine for 11 uninsured residents. Seven Blood Pressure clinics were supported early in the year before being suspended by Covid-19.
KCF is a non-profit organization supported by contributions from local donors. No government funds are used and all services are confidential.