KENNETT AREA COMMUNITY SERVICE

Serving People in Their Time of Need

aka Kennett Food Cupboard   |   Kennett Square, PA   |  www.KACSonline.net

Mission

Mission: Serving People in Their Time of Need. KACS Vision Statement: We are an organization committed to serving families and all individuals in the fight against hunger and homelessness in the Kennett area and surrounding communities. We are responsible stewards of the community, helping members of the greater Kennett community to lift themselves in a dignified manner out of the cycle of poverty. We achieve this goal through both raising awareness in the community to the needs of those with few resources and working with them to identify and work towards solutions to their challenges through a network of community connections that care.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Leah Reynolds

Main address

136 West Cedar Street PO Box 1025

Kennett Square, PA 19348 USA

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EIN

23-2215441

NTEE code info

(Human Service Organizations) (P20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kennett Food Cupboard

Provides a 5-7 day supply of quality food per month to under resourced individuals and families residing in the boundaries of the Kennett Consolidated, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Avon Grove School Districts.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The Emergency Assistance Program offers the following services for those currently living in our service area (Avon Grove, Unionville and Kennett Consolidated School Districts):
Financial assistance for rent, utility bills, and other basic living expenses, please call 610-925-3556
Housing assistance to those who are experiencing homelessness or about to be homeless, please call 610-925-3556 ext. 111.
Microloan program, please call 610-925-3556 ext. 119.
Connecting those in need with a partner agency that will best assist them, please call 610-925-3556
All other inquiries about emergency assistance please call 610-925-3556

Population(s) Served

Bridges Out of Poverty
Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree. The Bridges Out of Poverty community support program at KACS provides a family of concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.

The Bridges Out of Poverty community support program helps communities:
Move individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency
Reduce social costs related to crime, poor health, and welfare
Strengthen educational attainment and job skills
Enhance economic development
Improve on-the-job productivity
Revitalize neighborhoods
Build sustainable communities where everyone can live well

The Southern Chester County Opportunity Network (SCCON) is a local, community-wide initiative, made up of a growing group of people who want to see poverty addressed in comprehensive, collaborative ways that meets regularly.

SCCON's work is based on the Bridges Out of Poverty model - a framework for understanding poverty through the lens of economic class and addressing it in a comprehensive way. It asks all sectors of the community - business, nonprofit, education, local governments, etc. - to come to the table and engages those in poverty as problem solvers.

Bridges is a set of concepts, strategies and tools that have been used in communities across the country to tackle the roots of poverty, from the individual to the systemic levels. It is based on a 2001 book published by Dr. Ruby K. Payne, Philip DeVol, & Terie Dreussi Smith based on their experience in the fields of education and social services, and has now grown into a continuously evolving community of practice.

If you are interested in joining SCCON or being a member of a discovery team within SCCON please contact Leah M. Reynolds, M.S.P.L. at [email protected]

Getting Ahead Classes
Getting Ahead is a 16-session curriculum that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Currently, we have 75 people that have completed our Getting Ahead classes. By the Spring of 2020 our goals is to have a total of 150 people that have improved their circumstances with the help of this program. We offer the Getting Ahead evening classes in both English and Spanish at The Resource Center. For more information please email us at [email protected]

Staying Ahead
Staying Ahead is a program at KACS for people that have successfully completed our Getting Ahead classes. Staying Ahead offers key resources to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency.
Provides educational workshops and online resources to stay motivated.
Hosts networking opportunities and recognition events for participants and graduates.
Provides graduates the opportunity to become mentors for others in the program, thereby strengthening the community as a whole.
Provides a safe environment of encouragement, mentorship and trust.​

Coming Soon
NEW Financial Literacy program for low-income adults & families in both English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Adults, People of Latin American descent, Multiracial people

Related Program

Kennett Food Cupboard

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021 >548 households received an emergency assistance service. >464 households visit the food cupboard monthly.

Number of households served with eviction notice or forced displacement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Domestic workers, Farmers, Unemployed people, Multiracial people, Families

Related Program

Emergency Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual Impact Oct. 1, 2020 - Sept. 30, 2021 KACS made total payments of $576,554 for the year. >$397,210 of the total was for rent, mortgage & security deposit assistance.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Oct. 1, 2020 - Sept. 31, 2021 KACS stably rehoused 39 homeless or imminently homeless families/individuals.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

3031 total donors 2020-2021

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kennett Food Cupboard

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total of 475,012 lbs of food distributed

Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

464 families are served monthly

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

4,544 volunteer hours were recorded for a 5-month period.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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KENNETT AREA COMMUNITY SERVICE

Board of directors
as of 2/8/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lynn Majarian


Board co-chair

Leon Spencer

Chairman Of The Board at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union

Term: 2020 - 2022

Tom Musser

The Tri-M Group, LLC

Christine Prisco

Principal

Lenda Carrillo

Child Guidance Resource Centers

Lynn Majarian

Jim O'Neil

Bob George

David Myers

Attorney

Lisa Teixeira

Kennett High School

Ravi Jain

Nikolaus Grieshaber

Septa

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/07/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.