2019 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.”
The Kent Nursing Association merged with KCF in mid-2018. Since 1943, KNA’s mission was to support needed nursing and wellness services for Kent residents who lacked adequate insurance or financial resources. Those services continue to be supported by KCF.
KCF has expended more than $330,000 since 2006 to assist Kent residents.
Services provided by area Visiting Nurse Associations with KCF Support
35 Kent patients, mostly elderly, received a total of 130 visits by nurses and other VNA staff. Most of the visits were wellness or health promotion visits to monitor those patients’ health and well-being.
Two area VNAs - New Milford and Salisbury - conducted 21 Blood Pressure Clinics at the Kent Senior Center and Kent Station Pharmacy.
Six elders received assistance in covering the cost of their Lifeline emergency call systems and KCF provided support for two Flu Clinics.
Grants for Emergency Needs
55 grants were made in 2019, almost 20 more than in the prior year. Payment was made to vendors and included assistance with fuel and utility needs, rental assistance, car repairs, dental and medical bills and other needs. Almost 40% of the grants benefited residents aged 65 and older.
A total of 14 children received scholarship assistance for the Town’s after-school program at Kent Center School and Camp Kent.
More than 3 ½ 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 sponsored two events – a Focus Group for Kent service providers to assess community needs, with emphasis on children, families and elders, and the 12th Annual Resources Workshop, with a focus on transportation needs and options for elders.
Over 280 Kent residents of all ages were served in 2019. KCF is a non-profit organization supported by
contributions from local donors.
No government funds are used and all services are confidential.