The Council is committed to educating the general public as part of its mission. For the past four years, NeuGen (WEA Trust and Health Tradition Health Plan) has generously supported Council education and outreach efforts by sponsoring a variety of programs that fit their organization’s guidelines. NeuGen provides health coverage for teachers and other public state employees in Wisconsin.
The support Wisconsin organizations by offering grants for programs that promote the education and health of Wisconsin residents. The Council thanks them for supporting the following events and activities:
- 2017 – $1000 toward elementary school programs: The Council regularly presents about visual impairment and adaptive techniques to elementary school students in southern Wisconsin.
- 2018 – $1500 toward a braille embosser: The Council provides Courier newsletters, board meeting materials and the annual report in braille for clients and donors who request that medium.
- 2019 – $500 toward the Low Vision Fair: Held in Eau Claire last year, the Low Vision Fair provided attendees with information about adaptive products, an opportunity to network and a way to get connected with the Council.
- 2020 – $1000 toward bus ads: In October, the Council will advertise on city buses in the Green Bay area to promote pedestrian safety and the White Cane Law.
Since its founding in 1970, WEA Trust has sustained a mission to give back and invest money across the state. A culture of giving back to the community is encouraged through workplace giving programs organized with Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) and United Way of Dane County.
“WEA Trust and our employees benefit from the community and we want to make sure that we as an organization are giving back,” says Melody Braaten, WEA Trust’s Manager of Legal Services. “We want to support causes that are important to our employees, which is why we have a committee of employees to provide input.”
“The Council is grateful that NeuGen sees the value of community education and it is evident in the programs they choose to fund,” says Lori Werbeckes, the Council’s Fund Development Director. “Elementary school programs, braille availability, The Low Vision Fair and promoting pedestrian safety are just some of the ways the Council reaches out to inform people about the many aspects of living with blindness or impaired vision.”
“The Council works to educate people about blindness and visual impairment, while at the same time serving people who are blind or visually impaired,” says Melody. “To me, supporting the Council seems like the obvious thing to do. We base our support on those organizations that focus on both education and healthcare. I love that WEA Trust promotes this vision through giving.”
Thank you, NeuGen (WEA Trust), for giving back and making a difference for the Council and the wider community. We appreciate your generosity! Learn more at WEATrust.com.