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VISIONS / Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Type of Professional
Social Work Services
Work with blind people of all ages
Work with children
Work with visually impaired
Full Description: VISIONS is continuing its year long 85th anniversary celebration. On Sunday, August 7, 2011 at VISIONS Center on Blindness VCB we will honor VISIONS Board members Mannie Corman, Carol S. Desmond, Burton M. Strauss, Jr. and Harriette K. Strauss with a special anniversary Nancy T. Jones Humanitarian Award. Nancy T. Jones, VISIONS President, will be presenting the awards to Carol, our "Rising Star" and to Burton, Harriette and Mannie, our "Elder Statesmen. The VISIONS Leadership Award will be presented to PCC Angelo Purcigliotti, Lion Edward 'Skip' Meinhold and PDG Maybelle Twohie, three incredibly active Lions supporters. The Baldwin Lions club will receive the John Twohie Award. VISIONS staff Desiree Creary, Teddy Kern, Cathleen McGuire, Jose Mendez, Audrey Shading, Millie Senior and Roxsonne Simms will be honored for their long term service with the Nancy D. Miller Dedicated Service Award. We invite you to join us for this special day.
However, clouds still loom over the nonprofit world. We, along with many nonprofit colleagues, are confronting dwindling government support. This past year, the New York City Department for the Aging and Department of Youth and Community Development eliminated funding for intergenerational programs and after school programs that impact blind and visually impaired high school students. Both the City and State have eliminated categories of funding used for VISIONS outreach activities. Yet because of their importance, we have secured private dollars to continue these necessary services. Despite the reductions in funding, the demand for VISIONS services continues to grow. We are experiencing increased requests from families and caregivers of blind children, youth, adults and seniors. We added new weekends for strictly observant Orthodox Jewish families with blind children and added special children, family and youth sessions at VISIONS Center on Blindness VCB overnight residential programs. VISIONS caregiver program is meeting the special needs of caregivers of blind seniors and grandparents raising their grandchildren or great-grandchildren. VISIONS rehabilitation and workforce development staff have helped over 1000 consumers achieve individual success at home, in the community, and at the workplace. VISIONS at Selis Manor has added new classes with an expanded library, active radio station and savvy computer lab teaching staff. Blindlineis updating its operations to reach more blind people, family members and professionals with up-to-date information on resources in New York.
We continue to look for opportunities to expand center services for blind and visually impaired seniors and individuals with multiple disabilities as well as their families.
Mission Statement: VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization. VISIONS purpose is to develop and implement programs to assist blind and visually impaired people of all ages to lead independent and active lives, and to educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind and visually impaired.
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SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
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SERVICES FOR SENIORS
EMPLOYMENT AND JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES
VISIONS AT SELIS MANOR
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING
GENERAL INFORMATION ON VISION LOSS
Address: 500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
City: New York
Telephone: 212) 625-1616 x 143
EVENTS & SPECIALS: Annual Luncheon, May 8, 2012
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Specialization: Rehanilitation Services
History: VISIONS and Lions
THE VCB/LIONS PARTNERSHIP
Lions and VCB have been linked since 1951 when the camp, which was incorporated in 1926, moved to Rockland County. The Spring Valley Lions Club was our first supporter and was honored with our 2006 John Twohie Volunteers of the Year Award. Over 250 Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs from MD-20 have provided financial and volunteer support. With your help, the 35-acre VCB facility continues to provide respite, rehabilitation and recreation for 600 blind children, teens, adults and seniors each year.
HIGHLIGHT OF LIONS INVOLVEMENT WITH VCB
You participate each year in our Lions Work Weekends, and on Family and Lions Recognition Day, the first Sunday in August. You support our Lions VCB Golf Outing. We hope you will once again help us find corporate sponsors and hole sponsors.
You donate money raised through your club special events and district walk-a-thons. You purchase engraved bricks ($100 each), chairs ($500 each) and benches ($1,000) at VCB. You make financial contributions for "camperships" throughout the year, enabling VCB to continue its open-door policy of never turning away a participant due to inability to pay the full cost ($1,100 per camper for an 11-night/12-day stay).
You collect, donate and deliver items from our "VCB Wish List." You help maintain the 45 buildings at VCB through the "Adopt-A-Building" program. Your consistent and generous involvement has made dreams come true for hundreds of campers.
We would be happy to send a staff member to make a presentation to your club if you are located in Downstate New York. We will send a DVD to any Club. It makes a great program.
VISIONS AND VISIONS Center on Blindness
VISIONS Center on Blindness is owned and operated by VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 agency with headquarters at 500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013. Our toll free number is 1-888-245-8333. VISIONS is proud to have 7 Lions, including 3 PDG, serving on the agency's Board of Directors. Overall, the agency is proud to share its accomplishment of 88% of our annual expenses spent on programs services with only 12% spent on administration and fund raising.
A PERSONAL THANK YOU
As a Lion, I am consistently impressed with Lionism and the wonderful support given to VISIONS and VCB. The Lions have done so much to help people who are blind. I look forward to our continued partnership and to meeting all of my fellow Lions at conventions, meetings and at VCB. You have truly made a difference in the lives of our participants and I am personally grateful for all you have done. If you have any questions about VCB or VISIONS, please feel free to call me at (212) 625-1616, extension 117, or at our email address, Lions@visionsvcb.org.
Yours in Lionism
Lion Nancy D. Miller
Executive Director, VISIONS
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Special Contact Information: Kaitlin Nelson
Assistant Director of Development
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 625-1616 x 143
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