Breakfast with a bonus
As it has done in recent years, Kent Hospital hosted the Rotary Club of Warwick May breakfast. An estimated 400 people attended. As part of the event the club presented $1,000 to KEEP, Kent Employees Emergency Program, that was started nine years ago to assist employees who fall on difficult financial times. About 600 hospital employees give a small amount to the fund through their pay. A committee that never learns the name of the employee needing assistance then allocates the money on the basis of an application and need. Funds go directly to the need, such as a rent or mortgage payment. KEEP has responded to more than 170 applications since it started with the largest award being $3,000.