This year has been filled with unimaginable difficulties and challenges for all of us, especially caregivers in need. The coronavirus crisis has been life-changing for most families and it has deeply affected family caregivers caring for their loved ones who are most vulnerable. Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood once said, “ When times are scary we must look for the helpers, because you will always find people that are helping.” We are those helpers!
Since the founding of The Kathi Koll Foundation in 2014, with the mission to support caregivers in need, we have helped hundreds of caregivers and their families improve their dire situations. During the Covid-19 pandemic it has become even more clear how vital our efforts are.
According to a June 2020 survey by Genworth Financial the pandemic has thrust “one in three Americans to unexpectedly become caregivers overnight.” The growing caregiver population taking care of children, elderly family members, and even dependents of front-line workers has raised awareness for what family caregivers do. Christine Jensen, PhD and Director of Health Services Research at Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health emphasizes that this greater awareness for struggling caregivers brought on by the pandemic offers an opportunity “for us as a society to support, value and validate their role.”
These family caregivers are the heroes of our community. They are our essential workers who selflessly care for their loved ones, but who very much need care too. Because of the generosity of our donors many struggling caregivers are helped, and together we have made a difference in their lives.
I understand that especially during these trying times there are many calls for your help, but I hope you will support The Kathi Koll Foundation and help me help our caregivers. Please go to www.kathikollfoundation.com/donate to make a check or credit card tax-deductible donation. Any contribution will make a tremendous impact. Your assistance means a lot to me personally and I can’t thank you enough for becoming a “2020 helper”.
I hope that you, your family and friends are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
With gratitude and heartfelt appreciation! —Kathi Koll
If you desire more information about the foundation, its mission and outreach programs, and would like to read about some of the caregivers we have helped, please go to www.kathikollfoundation.org.