Kevin Dill has spent his life advocating for others who may feel overlooked. He is making sure this legacy continues by establishing the Kevin Dill Family Fund with the Waterloo Community Foundation.

In 2019, Kevin was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and retired as Director of Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs. Since his diagnosis, he has worked to improve the quality of life for veterans and individuals living with dementia-related diseases. “When I was Director at Veterans Affairs, my mission was to help the veteran who felt invisible to feel something again because I knew what they were going through. I don’t want people with dementia-related diseases to feel invisible. They need to know that they still matter and are useful”.

Kevin serves on the action team for Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley, an organization he worked to establish in conjunction with the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. Its mission is to create a more informed, safe, and respectful place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. One of the priorities of the project is raising awareness about dementia and educating local businesses on how to be dementia friendly. “In the past, a lot of resources have focused on what we can do for people with dementia, not with them. I wanted to move the needle toward getting people with dementia-related diseases out the house and interacting with others,” says Kevin.

Kevin and his wife, Tammy, have focused much of their time and energy on fundraising for Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley and organizations that serve veterans. In cooperation with Dillard’s, they have raised over $70,000 so far this year. As they considered the best way to collect and distribute these donations both now and in the future, they decided to open a fund with the Waterloo Community Foundation. As a Waterloo native, Kevin is grateful for an avenue to continue serving people in the community he cares about.

Funds distributed from the Kevin Dill Family Fund will benefit Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley or similar programs serving people living with dementia and their caregivers. Funds will also benefit Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs or similar organizations serving or honoring Black Hawk County Veterans such as Americans for Independent Living, Cedar Valley Honor Flights, Sullivan Brothers AMVET post, the Veteran’s Way project, or other programs associated with the Sullivan Brothers.

Individuals are welcome to support Kevin by contributing to the Kevin Dill Family Fund online at wloocf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create/fund?funit_id=1759. Checks made payable to “Waterloo Community Foundation” with “Kevin Dill” in the memo line can be mailed to Waterloo Community Foundation, PO Box 1253, Waterloo, IA 50704.

Kevin is also being honored at A Run to Remember: The Kevin Dill 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, October 8, 2022 in Waterloo. The money raised will be donated to Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley, Lewy Body Dementia Association, and Waterloo’s Veterans Way. Individuals interested in participating in the run or sponsoring can find more information at mainstreetwaterloo.org/aruntoremember.