Your Gift to the White Cane Fund is More Important Than Ever

Four people stand in a public transit building; two have white canes and one has a service dog.

Part of the Council’s mission is White Cane Law advocacy,
which improves pedestrian safety in the state of Wisconsin.

Now is the time to make a gift to the Council’s annual White Cane Fund. Last year, more than 500 people received free white canes thanks to generous donors. This year, we live in a time when change is abrupt and the future is uncertain. The coronavirus is affecting our daily routines and will continue to do so for maybe months. It is more important than ever to have access to accurate and helpful information and resources to navigate these ambiguous times. 

For people living with vision loss and their families, the Council is that resource and gifts to the White Cane Fund make this possible. Council staff are working from home to answer phone calls, offer remote assistive technology training, and advocate with legislators for the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. We continue to fill orders for products from the Council’s Sharper Vision Store and host online classes to connect with others while sheltering at home. Virtual workshops include an introduction to smart phone apps, Birding by Ear and shopping for groceries online.  

“Because of the grocery shopping class, I feel more prepared to do my shopping online,” says Sharon. “I especially appreciate the handout that I can refer to when I plan to place my order. I am glad I now know more about the options available.” 

These services continue because of the financial support we receive from friends throughout the state. We especially appreciate donors who contribute monthly.  

“These gifts sustain us through these unusual times,” says Lori Werbeckes, the Council’s Fund Development Director. “Monthly giving allows the donor to pledge an affordable amount which benefits Council clients year-round.”  

When considering a donation, know that a gift of any size is appreciated.  

Did you know? A tax law change for 2020 will allow filers to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions even if you do not itemize your deductions. 

To make your gift, visit WCBlind.org/Donate. Thank you and stay well. 

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