Center for Vision Loss Announces More than $75,000 in Grants Received

January 8, 2019
 

The Center for Vision Loss – the only organization dedicated to the visual well-being of everyone in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties – earned or received more than $75,000 in grant funds during the second half of the 2018 calendar year from 12 organizations.

The grants have been awarded for a variety of purposes – including agency operations, specific programs or sets of programs for people with vision loss, and free vision screenings for children. These grants are listed below with their respective designations.

A $6,500 grant from The Will R. Beitel Children’s Community Foundation to support children’s vision screenings in Northampton County.

A $2,000 grant from the Century Fund to support children’s vision screenings in the city of Allentown.

A $2,500 grant from the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) to support children’s vision screenings in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

A $5,000 grant from the Charles Hoch Foundation to support several programs and services that improve quality of life for vision loss clients.

A $2,500 grant from the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation to support children’s vision screenings in Monroe County.

An $8,560 grant from the Luther J. Hottle Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to support the agency’s operations.

A $2,000 grant from the Charles and Figa Kline Foundation to support the agency’s operations.

A $1,000 grant from the Lehigh Valley Aging in Place Coalition to support the agency’s escorted transport service for adults ages 65 and up in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

A $16,000 grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation toward the renovation and updates of the agency’s Monroe County low vision center.

A $10,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to support the escorted transport service for all agency vision loss clients.

A $12,000 grant from the Harry C. Trexler Trust to support programs and services that improve the quality of life for older vision loss clients in Lehigh County.

A $7,000 grant from the Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation to support the escorted transport service for vision loss clients in Northampton County.

The agency’s escorted transport service provides vision loss clients with rides to medical appointments, other critical services, and agency programs. Services for vision loss clients that improve quality of life include lifeskills classes, socialization events, recreational activities, and support groups. Low vision centers at the agency’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe campuses provide specialized eye exams and offer an array of assistive technologies and devices. Free vision screenings for children ages 6 months and up are performed with state-of-the-art handheld devices that use non-invasive lasers to read a child’s visual acuity and can detect several serious conditions.

The Center for Vision Loss is the only organization dedicated to the visual well-being of everyone in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties and is the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind’s (PAB) only accredited service provider in these communities. Its nonprofit mission is to enable personal triumphs over visual impairments, and its guiding principle is that vision loss should never be a barrier to achievement, independence, dignity, and hope. The agency delivers support, skills education, and rehabilitation services at little or no cost for people with vision loss, provides free vision screenings for children, and promotes visual health and safety. Impact on vision loss clients reflects in their abilities to live independently and improve their capabilities. Impact upon communities at large reflects in the numbers of children who receive free vision screenings and the number of people reached by agency’s education programs and outreach presentations.

 
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