The Center for Vision Loss has announced that it earned more than $40,000 in corporate and foundation support during the first quarter of its 2020-2021 year.
Corporate and foundation gifts support the agency’s operations and several of its services in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County. These services include guided transportation for its clients with permanent sight loss, vision rehabilitation services, vision screenings for children, the Camp I CAN! summer programs for kids, and the provision of assistive technologies to clients.
Grants and gifts that were received or awarded between July 1-Sept. 30, were as follows:
- A $20,000 grant from The R. Dale and Frances M. Hughes Foundation to support the agency’s guided transport service in Monroe County
- A $12,000 grant from the Harry C. Trexler Trust to support services for people with vision loss
- A $6,300 grant from the Will R. Beitel Children’s Community Foundation to support the agency’s free vision screenings in Northampton County
- A $5,000 grant from the Bausch Foundation to support the transport service throughout the agency’s service area
- A $150 gift from the Cuddle Zone Learning Center in Allentown, PA, to support agency operations
The Center for Vision Loss empowers people with visual impairments to seize their independence and advances healthy eyesight. With operations in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County, it combines a service tradition motivated by Helen Keller’s advocacy in 1928 with contemporary practices and state-of-the-art technologies. The organization’s support and rehabilitation services promote the accomplishment of daily tasks, increased access to medical services and food supplies, enhanced personal wellness, and extended self-sufficiency. Its free vision screenings for children stimulate success in school and its community education programs advocate for eye health and safety. All agency services are provided at little or no cost, and 85% of its clients and patients with visual impairments are from low-income households.
The Center for Vision Loss is an independent member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) that is accredited nationally by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and affiliated with the VisionServe Alliance, a network of nearly 120 North American agencies that serve people with impaired sight.