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Prevent Blindness Receives Grant from Nationwide Foundation

Prevent Blindness Receives Grant from Nationwide Foundation

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 Grant From Nationwide Foundation
                                      Project To Provide Vision Services To Disadvantaged Populations

COLUMBUS, OH (April 18, 2018) – The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness (PBO) received a $20,000 grant from Nationwide Foundation to deliver its Vision Care Outreach (VCO) Program in 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.  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, child care 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.

“Prevent Blindness is pleased and honored to be granted funding by Nationwide Foundation,” said Sherry Williams, President and CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “We are grateful for this continued partnership that helps us connect those in greatest need to vision services that save sight for a lifetime.”

Please contact PBO at 800-301-2020 to find the VCO provider nearest to you or to become a volunteer vision screener.

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.