KEX Kids Fund

About The Program

The KEX Kids Fund is a non-profit organization established to provide students with free comprehensive eye exams, eyeglasses and/or hearing aids. For over 20 years, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation has collaborated with the 1190 AM radio station’s KEX Kids Fund by providing administrative support. The hearing program is handled separately by the Education Service Districts within the KEX Kids Fund coverage/listening area including 15 counties in NW Oregon and SW Washington.

Available to any child or student under 21 years old, thousands have been served through the years. KEX Kids Fund is not limited by residency requirements and is often the only available resource for these families. Without the KEX Kids Fund, the majority of these students would not receive the care they need. Funded through KEX 1190 AM radio and by an annual pledge drive held each Thanksgiving, the KEX Kids Fund is also made possible by the generous contributions of over 100 participating vision professionals.

How to Access This Program

Many students’ families lack vision insurance and the money for basic eye care, including providing eyeglasses for their children. For children in need of hearing care, including hearing aids, the costs for these services can be more than the families can afford. KEX 1190 AM radio created the KEX Kids Fund to address the vital needs for vision and hearing care for vulnerable young students.

For more information regarding the KEX Kids Fund, please call the OLSHF at 503-413-7399 or e-mail your contact information and request to