Fy-Eye November 2019

PBWI small Fy-Eye: November 2019 
Upcoming Events

Drink for Good
Every Thursday in November
Join us at Good City and purchase a beer off ‘The Goods’ list and $1 will go to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.
Follow us on Facebook to learn more.

Upcoming Trainings
View the Children’s Vision Screener Training Schedule

November Newsletter Articles
Celebrity Waiters Dinner 2019
Grants Galore!
Project Homeless Connect
Meet Juanita!
Welcome Timothy Somers to the Board of Directors
Drink for Good
Vision Care Voucher Requirements Updated
Redcliff Early Childhood Head Start
Volunteers Celebrate Sight
New Student Vision Screeners
Upcoming Children’s Vision Screener Trainings
Meet Iver!
November is Diabetes-Related Eye Disease Awareness Month
United Way Gift
20/20 Challenge

About Us

Founded in 1958, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin improves the lives of children, adults, and families through early detection of eye conditions to prevent blindness and preserve sight. On-going vision screening activities and state-wide public health education lead to a lifetime of healthy vision.
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Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin throughout the year by holding an event in our honor at your work, school or church. Some ideas include:
– Jeans Day
– Dedicate your birthday
– Bake sale

Please contact Bridget at [email protected] for PBW marketing materials.


Celebrity Waiters Dinner 2019


Thank you to all the attendees, donors, and sponsors of the 39th Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner in support of children’s healthy vision! The event welcomed 215 guests and featured a silent and live auction, wine pull, Chuck-A-Puck, paddle raise and the Milwaukee Admirals serving as our celebrity waiters.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin was honored to recognize Milwaukee Capital as our 2019 Community Partner Award recipient for their dedication to our mission for more than 25 years – thank you!

View pictures of the night on Facebook. There is still time to contribute to the event in support our vision screening programs. Make your gift today!



Grants Galore!

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is proud and honored to announce it has been awarded grants from the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison, the Frida and William Hunt Memorial Trust, the Ladish Company Foundation, and the Robert T. & Betty Rose-Meyer Foundation to support our sight-saving services.


 Kiwanis Grant Presentation 2019
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s Foundation and Corporate Giving Manager, Hannah Offermann, and Board of Director Member Michael Meissen receive a grant award from the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison to support children’s healthy vision   

Thank you Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in Dane County which supports certified vision screening for approximately 19,000 children annually. We are so thankful to partner with an organization that understands the difference volunteers can make in our community and how we can improve the world ‘one child at a time.’    


Thank you Frida and William Hunt Memorial Trust for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in the Greater Milwaukee Area, which makes healthy vision possible for more than 70,000 children each year. 

Thank you Ladish Company foundation for continued support of the Preschool Vision Screening Program in the Greater Milwaukee Area, which ensures more than 20,000 3 to 5-year-old children have healthy vision to build a strong educational foundation for lifelong success.

Thank you Robert T. & Betty Rose-Meyer Foundation for supporting the Children’s Vision Screening Program in the Greater Green Bay Area, which ensures move than 20,000 children, receive certified vision screenings and have healthy vision to learn, play, and grow. 

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s Children’s Vision Screening Programs would not be possible without the generous support of local funders. Thank you again for helping make healthy vision possible for children across Wisconsin.  


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Project Homeless Connect

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Thursday, October 17th was a day to remember. If you could hear the cheers from Milwaukee, you know it was our team celebrating our 2nd annual participation in Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect. 126 adults were vision screened and of those, 123 were referred on for further care. To bring the vision screening process full circle, we worked with adults and took them step-by-step thru how to make an eye doctor appointment with their vision coverage options. With the majority of adults having Medicaid coverage, a common phrase from participants was, “I didn’t know I had vision coverage with Medicaid.” 


We would like to thank the District 27-A2 Lion’s Club for your time, effort and aid to help us make this outreach possible. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin provided a Certified Adult Vision Screener Training for 11 Lions Club members of the 27-A2 District to help assist with adult vision screenings at this event and future events. We would also like to thank all the guests that were vision screened and made an appearance, you made an incredible impact on our team that day!



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Meet Juanita!


Juanita was vision screened at Casa Guadalupe Education Center Inc. in West Bend, Wisconsin. Juanita, like many adults in Wisconsin, faced a vision care barrier of not being able to afford a much needed eye exam and pair of glasses. Juanita applied for the VSP Mobile Eyes Voucher Program and was finally able to receive the vision care she needs and deserves. Juanita has this to say about her eye exam and new glasses, “Thanks to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and Casa Guadalupe I have my glasses. Now I feel more motivated since I got my sight back; I can read, look clearly around me, collaborate with some household chores. I am happy. Thank you for providing and having these programs. And more than anything, thank you for having the staff that has the vocation and the great motivation to give unconditional help. Thanks to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Laura Salcido and Casa Guadalupe I can see clearly now.” 

Welcome Timothy Somers to the Board of Directors


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Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is excited to welcome Timothy Somers to the Board of Directors!

Tim Somers is a lifelong Milwaukee area resident, having grown up on Milwaukee’s north side and graduated from Shorewood High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree “With Distinction” in Journalism and Advertising from UW-Madison and an MBA from UW-Milwaukee. Tim’s most recent assignment was Marketing Director at Milwaukee County where he led redevelopment of the County’s website and established a cross-organizational alliance of marketers focused on branding and integrated communications.

Tim has served in a variety of community leadership roles, including president of the Whitefish Bay School District board of directors. He also served as a director of SET Ministries, a social welfare organization focused on establishing safe and nurturing environments for at-risk children and their families in Milwaukee’s central city.

Tim is excited to join Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and help promote its essential mission. He’s looking forward to working with the staff, Board of Directors, and the greater Milwaukee community to support the organization’s growth and vibrancy.


Drink for Good
Join Prevent Blindness Wisconsin on Thursday, November 14th and 21st at Good City Brewing (Eastside location) to ‘Drink for Good’ support our sight-saving services. $1 from every beer purchased off “The Goods” list will be donated to support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s vision to provide each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.

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Vision Care Voucher Requirements Updated


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Eligibility criteria for Prevent Blindness Wisconsin vision care vouchers have been updated.  Families must be at 200% of the federal poverty level and have no other access to vision care benefits. A social security number is no longer a requirement for this program. To see if your student it eligible, click here. To complete an application for a vision care voucher, please click here. For any questions on our voucher program, please contact Breanna at [email protected].



Redcliff Early Childhood Head Start

Staff at Redcliff Early Childhood Head Start became certified Children’s Vision Screeners, thanks to a training provided by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. The training covered all aspects of a children’s vision screening for both Early Head Start and Head Start children. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and The Office of Head Start have a memorandum of understanding that all staff that provide vision screenings receive a certification.  If you have questions about becoming certified or to schedule a training of your own please contact Shelby at [email protected]


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Volunteers Celebrate Sight

Community Volunteers from Christ Child Society, Dane County, Lake Country, Ozaukee County and the Milwaukee Private Schools Group helped ensure students could see clearly during World Sight Week. With the help of these dedicated volunteers, over 300 children were vision screened during this sight-saving week. Thank you for making clear vision possible for children in Wisconsin! If you are interested in learning more about our Children’s Vision Screening Program or have an interest in joining a volunteer group in your community, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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New Student Vision Screeners

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Prevent Blindness Wisconsin staff have been busy this fall providing certified children’s vision screening trainings to high school and university student’s in Racine County. We are very grateful to the Racine Community Foundation for allowing us to partner with four new schools this year to help assist with children’s vision screenings. Thank you Union Grove High School, Racine Lutheran High School, Catholic Central High School, and Herzing University Student Nurses Association club members. With this programming, over 50 students have been certified as Children’s Vision Screeners and are ready to help provide this sight saving-service for schools in their communities!

Upcoming Children’s Vision Screening Trainings

Friday, March 20, 2020
27-E2 Lions Certified Vision Screener Training & SPOT
5:00 PM-8:00 PM

The Lismore Hotel
333 Gibson Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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Meet Iver!



Iver is an active four-year-old who loves playing outside. He received a vision screening from Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at his preschool in Madison for the past two years. Iver did not pass either screening, but was not prescribed glasses from the eye doctor until this fall. Iver’s mom said she, “was alarmed that he needed glasses at such a young age.” She is thankful for the screening and is grateful that with her son’s new glasses he can worry about being a kid and develop with the best vision he has ever had!


Even Iver’s teacher noticed he has been making comments about what he can see and follows along with reading better with his new glasses. Don’t you think his new glasses look nice? Iver, we know you have a bright future ahead!  



November is Diabetes-Related Eye Disease Awareness Month

 Diabetic Retinopathy Can You See Me


Are you aware of how diabetes affects your eyes? Today, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Approximately 75% of people with diabetes will have some type of retinopathy occurring in their eye. Retinopathy affects the health of our retina, the part of the eye responsible for sensing light and seeing images in front of us. Every person has a different story about living with diabetes, but there is one chapter many share; irreversible vision loss. Don’t wait to get your eye exam; your vision won’t wait.


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Designate your United Way Gift to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin

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Take the 20/20 Challenge!

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Prevent Blindness Wisconsin makes the world a brighter place for children and adults across Wisconsin through our sight-saving vision health services. You can give the gift of healthy vision by joining the 20/20 Monthly Giving Challenge.

Celebrate the year 2020 – the year of healthy vision – by becoming a monthly donor to help Prevent Blindness Wisconsin achieve its vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life!

An investment of $20 per month provides one Certified Vision Screening for a child or adult, helping them take the first step on the path to healthy vision for life.

Will you accept our challenge to make a gift of $20 per month for 20 months and help 20 individuals improve their vision health?

Your support allows us to carry out our vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.

Thank you!

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