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Prevent Blindness Receives $4,000 Grant

Prevent Blindness Receives $4,000 Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

Whitney Anderson

Phone: (800) 301-2020 ext. 105

E-mail:[email protected]

 
                             -Prevent Blindness Receives a $4,000 Grant from the Aultman Foundation-

Project to Provide Vision Services Disadvantaged Populations in Stark, Waynes, Holmes, Carroll & Tuscarawas Counties

CLEVELAND, OH (July 20, 2017) – The Northeast Ohio Chapter of Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate (PBO) received a $4,000 grant to deliver its Vision Care Outreach (VCO) Program in Stark, Wayne, Holmes, Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties in Northeast Ohio.

The goal of PBO’s VCO Program is to reduce the incidence of unnecessary vision loss and impairment by providing access to our voluntary system of comprehensive vision care services, vision screenings and education to medically challenged children, youth, families, and uninsured adults.  To qualify, program participants must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and have no access to vision services through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

“Prevent Blindness is pleased and honored to be granted funding by The Aultman Foundation,” said Sherry Williams, President and CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “VCO is essential as it addresses multiple health needs.”

Blindness and vision impairment affect one’s ability to drive, read, work, learn, stay active in the community, and take care of household tasks. Declines in these abilities can lead to social isolation, depression and increased risk of falls and injuries that, unfortunately, can create an emotional and economic toll on individuals and families.

PBO will partner with area schools, daycare centers, senior centers, social service organizations and healthcare facilities to provide their staff and volunteers with vision assessment training and tools to identify people in need of vision care.  Those failing the vision assessment will be connected with the VCO Program to receive further eye care and eyewear at no cost.

Please contact PBO at 800-301-2020 to find the VCO provider nearest to you.

About Prevent Blindness 

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 1,000,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.  Or, visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio.