The Importance of Year-End Giving

A woman reads a book using a magnifier.

Jeannine is now able to read books in her own home.

As you gather with family and friends to reconnect and make new memories, consider sharing your good fortune with others as the year winds down. If you have a desire to make a positive difference for someone with vision loss by making a gift to the Council, there is still time.

Jeannine was losing her vision to macular degeneration. She started to withdraw from social activities. Card games and going out to eat with friends became difficult due to her vision loss.

She found out about the Council through a friend and requested a free in-home vision rehabilitation appointment. Since she lives on a fixed income, Jeannine could not afford the handheld magnifier that Brent, the Council’s Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, recommended to help her see playing cards, menus, or pictures of family and friends. Thanks to generous donors like you, the Council provided this magnifier free of charge to Jeannine.

“I lost so much through all of my health problems, and now I was losing my sight,” Jeannine says. “I am so glad a friend told me about the Council.”

Gifts from generous people like you enable the Council to provide free white canes and in-home vision rehabilitation visits to those the Council serves. Here are a few more examples of what your gift can do in 2020:

  • $12 buys a ream of braille paper
  • $35 pays for a white cane
  • $60 provides an hour of assistive technology training to help someone learn how to use their smart phone
  • $160 pays for an in-home rehabilitation visit to teach tips for cooking, medication management and daily living

Thank you for making Council services possible. You can give securely and conveniently at

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