Fy-Eye September 2019

PBWI small FY-Eye: September 2019

Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 19

4:00-7:00 PM

Racine Zoo

Healium Hot Yoga Fundraiser

Friday, September 20

5:25 PM

Healium Hot Yoga

Donation event. Space is limited, register today!

World Sight Day

Thursday, October 10

Join Prevent Blindness Wisconsin as we celebrate the global day of awareness of blindness and vision impairment.

Purchase a t-shirt and/or bag to show your support!

Gib’s Give-Back Cocktail

Month of October

For the month of October, try our specialty cocktail at Gib’s Bar in Madison to support our sight-saving services.

Follow us on Facebook for more updates!

Celebrity Waiters Dinner

Monday, November 4

5:30- 9:00 PM

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

Save the date!

Upcoming Trainings

View the Children’s Vision Screener Training Schedule

September Newsletter Articles

Meet Claire

Celebrity Waiters Dinner- Back on the Ice

Healthy Vision for Head Start

Celebrate World Sight Day


Upcoming Trainings

Vision Screenings for School Success

Adult Vision Screeners Needed

Adults at Casa Guadalupe

Grants Galore

September is Sports Eye & Safety Awareness Month

September Events

Development Internship

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.

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Meet Claire!

Claire is a typical four-year-old who loves pink and playing with her siblings. As she never held books or toys close to her face when playing and reading, her parents never suspected Claire had a vision problem. After Claire did not pass a volunteer vision screening at her preschool, she was referred to further care. Claire was diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eye) and was prescribed a pair of glasses and patching regimen. Claire now wears her pink glasses and pink eye patch and her mom, Shelly, can see the difference her glasses make. Shelly says, “The screening indicated an issue we were unaware of. We felt terrible at first – how could we have missed it? But now we know we are correcting her vision and taking care to do all we can for healthy vision.” We are so happy Claire has the glasses she needs to see and learn.


We Welcome You Back To The Ice!

On Monday, November 4, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is excited to welcome you back to the ice for the 39th Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. With the Milwaukee Admirals serving as the celebrity waiters, this unique event is one you will not want to miss!

Highlights include:

– Cocktail reception, wine pull, and “Chuck-a-puck”

– Dinner served by the Milwaukee Admirals

– Silent, live, and paddle auctions

– Introduction of our 2019-2020 Preschool Vision Screening Ambassador, Ellie

– Presentation of Community Partner Award to Milwaukee Capital

– And more!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please visit our event website or contact Bridget at [email protected] for more information.

CAP Services Head Start Training

Healthy Vision for Head Start

Thank you to CAP Services, Inc. Head Start program for hosting a Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training. Participants learned the best practice methods for vision screening both Head Start and Early Head Start children and are now ready to complete their vision screenings within 45 days of a child’s enrollment. If your Head Start has questions about vision screening or needs to schedule a training, please contact Shelby at S[email protected].

Celebrate World Sight Day with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin!


World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

Support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life by purchasing a 2019 T-shirt and/or bag (kid sizes are available). Be sure to purchase early so your apparel arrives in time for World Sight Day.

Run a t-shirt campaign by sharing flyers with your friends, school, community group, church, and workplace (a great opportunity for a jeans day). This shirt is also perfect to wear while vision screening!

Share your photos with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging #SaveSightWI and have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Please contact Bridget at [email protected] with any questions or for more information.

Local Lions Clubs Gear Up for Sight-Saving Screenings

The 27-C2 District of the Wisconsin Lions held a Certified Children’s and Adult Vision Screener training for members. The newly certified screeners are ready to tackle back-to-school vision screenings for children and community-based vision screenings for adults. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is grateful for our continued partnership with the Wisconsin Lions Foundation. If your club or district would like to schedule a vision screener training, please contact Shelby at S[email protected].

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All Eyes on Certification – Upcoming Trainings

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin relies on our community partners and volunteers to provide thousands of certified vision screenings throughout the state each year!

Whether you are a current vision screener in need of re-certification or are a new volunteer looking to be certified, join us at one of our Vision Screener Trainings this fall. As a reminder, a certification is valid for three years.

If you are a Community Volunteer and have questions, please contact April at [email protected].

If you are a school nurse or staff, Lion/Lioness, or Head Start staff and have questions or would like to set a training, please contact Shelby at [email protected].

**Community Volunteers should register for, “Children’s Vision Screener Training for Volunteers.”

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training and SPOT – Rice Lake

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bethany Lutheran Church

35 W Messenger St.

Rice Lake, WI 54868


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College

1601 University Drive

Marinette, WI 54143


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training for Volunteers – Brookfield

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Brookfield Public Library

Sonia Bielmeier Community Room

1900 N. Calhoun Rd.

Brookfield, WI 53005


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Certified Children’s Vision Screener Training – Rhinelander

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Administration Center in Rhinelander High School

665 Coolidge Ave.

Suite B

Second Floor, PDC Room

Rhinelander, WI 54501


Vision Screenings for School Success

For many children with a vision problem, correction is as simple as a pair of prescription glasses and has an incredible impact on their success in the classroom and beyond. Research has shown that just six weeks of vision correction can improve a child’s standardized tests scores to match the scores of their peers who do not have a vision problem (Roch-Levecq A, Arch Ophthal 2008). A comprehensive vision screening program is important for students success in school. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has tools to help you start or strengthen your vision screening program. Our Vision Screening Toolkits offer resources to plan, implement, and follow-up on vision screenings. Our Children’s Vision Screener Trainings certify you as a Children’s Vision Screener. For any other questions regarding children’s vision screening, please contact Shelby at S[email protected].

Adult Vision Screeners Needed

Are you currently a Certified Adult Vision Screener? Are you interested in volunteering and becoming a certified screener? Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is looking for Certified Adult Vision Screeners and volunteers interested in becoming certified to help vision screen adults at United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Project Homeless Connect Outreach Events.

Volunteer adult vision screening certification courses are implemented at no cost, are approximately 3 hours long, and are valid for 3 years. If you are interested in becoming certified or able to volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, please contact Courtney at [email protected] or call 414-765-0505 Ext. 109.

Project Homeless Connect – Milwaukee

Thursday, October 17, 2019

9:00 am-3:00 pm

*Shifts can be accommodated throughout the day for volunteers*

Marquette Alumni Memorial Union

1442 W Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53233

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Adults at Casa Guadalupe Education Center, Inc. Take Their First Steps on the Path to Healthy Vision

Over the past year, Casa Guadalupe’s Community Health Navigator, Laura Salcido, has implemented adult vision screenings into the organizations pre-existing prevention-based health programs. Casa Guadalupe is a non-profit organization dedicated to aid low-income, native –born, Spanish-speaking Latino families with community resources based around literacy skills, independence, and health management to help them succeed and live a healthy fulfilling life. Thus far, over 75 adults have been vision screened through this programming and methods to ensure referred adults are getting into needed vision care are being implemented.

“We are glad that Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is here to help us when it comes to vision… we have to help our clients navigate through other barriers each day. Your help is very appreciated.” Community Health Navigator, Laura Salcido

Are you interested in implementing adult vision screenings into your current programming? Please contact Courtney at [email protected] for more information.

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Grants Galore

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is proud and honored to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Racine Community Foundation of $82,000 to support the Vision 4 Racine Program which ensures community members have access to the support, information, education, and services needed to protect their vision at all stages of life. Thank you Racine Community Foundation for your ongoing support of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s sight-saving work. Together we’re making the world a brighter place and making sure people in our community have the healthy vision they need to see it!

September is Sports Eye and Safety Awareness Month

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September is Sports Eye and Safety Awareness Month. Over 25,000 people need treatment for eye injuries related to sports each year, yet most of these injuries are preventable. Sports-related eye injuries occur in a wide range of sports and are the number one cause of blindness in children. Before enrolling your child in a sports program, be sure to equip them with the necessary protective gear.

Prevent Sports-Related Eye Injuries

• Be aware that regular glasses will not provide enough protection when playing sports.

• Wear proper safety goggles while playing sports. These should be labeled as ASTM F803 approved.

• Use polycarbonate face shields or glasses when needed.

• Use helmets and face shields approved for your individual sport to make sure you are receiving the proper amount of protection.

• Before enrolling your child in a sports program, speak with an eye doctor about protective eyewear recommendations.

• Communication about procedures in place that deal with children’s eye injuries should occur between coaches and parents.

• Parents, teachers, nurses, and coaches should be familiar with the warning signs of a severe eye injury and know the right time to seek treatment.

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September Events


Join us at Harborfest, a celebration of nonprofits in Racine and Kenosha county. This free family-friendly event will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Racine Zoo. Harborfest is a great way to learn more about Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and the other organizations offering services in these counties.

RSVP for Harborfest.

Healium Hot Yoga Grassroot Fundraiser

Looking for a fun way to support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin? Join us Friday, September 20th at 5:45 PM for a donation all-levels yoga class at Healium Hot Yoga. All proceeds go to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and donations range from $5-20. Space is limited, register today! Share our event on Facebook.

Development Internship

| Come learn with us | hands on experience | great resume builder!

We seek a motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter with an interest in non-profit fundraising who can fill an integral role in our Resource Development department.

Job Function • Provide support for events, including materials assembly • Conduct research and write grant proposals • Develop content for electronic, departmental, and donor communication • Contact local businesses to solicit for in-kind donations, manage thank you letter processes, as well as data entry for donations • Assist in the production of large-scale mailing projects • Safeguard the confidentiality of donor information at all times • Perform other tasks as assigned

Do you possess • Interest in the non-profit sector and transforming lives • Extensive computer skills • Detail-oriented and organized with strong written and verbal communication skills. • Punctuality and dependability • A curious mind to learn and a hearty sense of humor! Join us apply today.

Read the full intern description and how to apply!

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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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