BENEFITING: Akron Blind Center & Workshop Inc
The Akron Blind Center, Inc. is a unique and critical non-profit (34-0742708) membership-based organization that promotes resources, classes and enrichment for the visually challenged. We offer a sense of worth, accomplishment, unity and purpose to our members, and a place to call home with like-challenged friends. We are not State or Federally funded, and rely on donations, trusts and grants for support. These deserving individuals are under-served or unserved blind and low vision champions. For most, being isolated and shut in is a way of life. Our goal is to provide services, education, outreach and products which are invaluable to the communities in which we are located. Without us, people do not get services! Touching those previously not served and providing resources, and sources to diseased and impaired populations, and awareness and sensitivity training to the sighted is our goal. We have classes throughout the week which include braille education, computer classes (with adaptive technology), crafting, educational, wellness, spirituality, practical solutions to everyday challenges, social events, job training, independence training and a focus group. The blind must of course pay to be transported anywhere, despite very limited financial means (they are involuntarily unemployed). We have a mentor program (for younger or newly impaired), and a volunteer and outreach program, in which we do enlightenment and presentations to spread awareness of the adaptability and contributions of these incredible folks. We also knit hats for children, and donated over 1500 hats to younger children last year. We partner with a local children's hospital and a hospital hospice program to donate hats for the terminally ill. We have many community contribution programs. We provide awareness and educational programs for community organizations. There is also a scholarship, camp, and social programs and a backpack program for visually impaired youngsters. We function through donations, trusts and fundraising events. We have an annual White Cane (a device the blind use to navigate) Experience, which is our signature fundraising event. The sighted are blindfolded and led by the non-sighted.