KEX Kids Fund


In 1987, 1190 AM's staff noticed that a lot of children were struggling in school simply because they could not see the blackboard or hear their teacher. Their parents could not afford to buy them eyeglasses or hearing aids and the kids were just left to struggle. Believing that something could be done to give these children a fair chance to succeed, KEX came up with the KEX Kids Fund.

You can make a difference in a child's academic achievement and quality of life!  Click here to make a contribution.

The Program is available in the entire KEX listening area: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Tillamook, and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties in Washington.

The Oregon Lions, committed to giving the gift of sight, has a dedicated staff member to oversee the operations of the program.

A designated contact person at public schools, alternative schools and Headstart programs can refer children to the KEX Kids Fund. Children should show signs of poor vision or hearing (as indicated through school screening or behavior in class) and they should be financially needy and without possible resources for vision or hearing care.

For Vision: The contact person will fill out a current voucher form on behalf of the child and send it to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation for review. If the child is eligible, the approved voucher is assigned a number, signed and stamped.  It is then returned to the school with instructions on how to make an appointment with a KEX Kids Fund provider. The child takes the voucher to his or her appointment and will be provided with an eye exam and eyeglasses at no cost.

Please contact the Foundation for more application information.