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Chester County Legislators Meet with Nonprofits to Discuss Housing Experiences in Chester County

The group, comprised of Chester County elected officials, representatives of community nonprofits, and local advocates met to hear testimony and a call to action. Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell, in partnership with several nonprofit community organizations, hosted a legislative gathering, at the West Chester University Graduate Center. The goal of the gathering was to share some of the voices heard during recently held housing focus groups, and to explore ways legislators and community groups can work together to ensure affordable and accessible housing is available to all residents of Chester County.
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Empty shelves: KACS continues fight to deliver shelter, food to the homeless

By Richard L. Gaw — It is as dramatic as it is barren, and it tells the absolute story of a local crisis without uttering a single word. Up and down the shelves in the storage and shopping areas of the Kennett Food Cupboard at Kennett Area Community Services on West Cedar Street, the metallic steel rows are normally filled with the essential items needed by the families who use the agency’s services. Baby wipes. Diapers. Jelly. Fresh vegetables. Rice and beans. In the years before COVID-19, an average of 550 families used the Food Cupboard every month, and 90 percent of the food was donated.
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Hundreds of underprivileged students in Kennett area to get free school supplies

KENNETT SQUARE—Hundreds of underprivileged students will not go to school unprepared this year thanks to a Longwood Rotary Club book bag project. The bag and supplies are expected to save each parent about $70.

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Advocates ask for change to support displaced renters impacted by continuous floodwaters when natural disasters strike

AVONDALE — When the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Ida hit the borough, 86 people became displaced. Advocates of civil and social service organizations attended the Borough Council meeting on August 19 to report to the council the human effects of the latest flooding in Avondale.

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Chester County retirement community helps Avondale flood victims

1,400 pounds of food donated; over $16,000 raised
KENNETT SQUARE — When the remnants of Hurricane Ida blew through Chester County in early September, gratefully, the residents who live at Kendal~Crosslands Communities and the staff members who work there were safe and secure. However, quickly they realized their local neighbors were not and felt called to assist.

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KACS, The Garage, & the community answer the call in Ida’s wake

Copious amounts of rain and wind from Hurricane Ida led to flooding and the displacement of 86 residents from Avondale Apartments in Southern Chester County. Some of the tenants experienced up to three feet of water in their first-floor units.

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Honoring Leah Reynolds, a community hero

Everyone knows that an organization is dependent on many roles and persons to carry out its mission. In most cases, Kennett Area Community Services would be the first to say that they are a small but mighty organization because of their hard-working staff, Board and many volunteers. They have regularly served 550 families with 900 children on a monthly basis with food items for a 7-10 day supply.

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Michael and Nancy Pia donate land for new home for KACS

Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) has been looking for a new home to continue to serve those in the community who need assistance in meeting their basic needs. KACS is a nonprofit organization based in Kennett Square Borough that operates a food cupboard and provides a variety of services to individuals and families in need. That search for a new, larger home has intensified in the last year as KACS has seen a significant increase in requests for assistance as families have navigated through the challenges of the pandemic.

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One-acre plot on township property to be converted into community food source

On Nov. 7, 2018, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors announced that the township had completed the purchase of the Spar Hill Farm, a 103-acre property at the confluence of Burnt Mill, Center Mill and Old Kennett roads. At their online meeting on March 17, the board voted to donate one of those acres back, for the best of reasons.

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