The Center for Vision Loss has received more than $75,000 in corporate and foundation gifts during the second half of the 2018 calendar year.
The gifts will be used for a variety of purposes – including agency operations, specific programs or sets of programs for people with visual impairments, and free vision screenings for children. They 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 H. Hoch Foundation to support several programs and services that improve quality of life for clients with visual impairments.
- A $2,500 grant from the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation to support children’s vision screenings in Monroe County.
- An annual gift of $8,560 from the Luther J. Hottle Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to support the agency’s operations.
- An annual gift of $2,000 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 care center.
- A $10,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to support the escorted transport service in all three agency service counties.
- A $12,000 grant from the Harry C. Trexler Trust to support programs and services that improve the quality of life for clients in Lehigh County.
- A $7,000 grant from the Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation to support the escorted transport service for 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 clients with visual impairments that improve quality of life include life skills classes, socialization events, recreational activities, and support groups. Low vision care centers at the agency’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe locations provide specialized low vision 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.