THE AKRON BLIND CENTER: Reaching Out To Our Community
Akron Blind Center Outreach Program:
The word “outreach” has this meaning for us. We want everyone in the Summit County area to be aware of the following:
Who – The Akron Blind Center is a support and social center for the blind and visually impaired community.
What – The Center offers free classes, social activities and provides a “home” for the visually impaired.
Where – 325 E. Market St. in Akron, Ohio The Center is easy to reach by car, scat or public transportation.
When – The Center is open 9am -3pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Why – The Center fulfills a need.
The Outreach Program:
Visits civic, social, and church groups with informational programs about blindness, the classes and the retail store located in the Center. These programs are free. If you belong to a group or club or organization, please consider inviting us. We visit schools with hand-loomed winter hats made by the members. We recently delivered 100 hats to the Head Start Program in Barberton, Ohio. We participate in Senior Fairs hoping to reach seniors about early detection of visual problems. We participate in the annual White Cane Walk and all other fund raisers for the Akron Blind Center.
In March of 2014, the Akron Public Schools honored our outreach program by naming the Akron Blind Center “An Essential Piece” of the the education puzzle: “In appreciation of your loyal dedication and commitment to the Students of Akron Public Schools. Outstanding Volunteer Award”. The Center was honored to accept this award during a wonderful banquet.
Our outreach program has recently begun knitting Winter hats for school children to be presented this Fall season as the cool weather begins to aproach. During the 2013 season, the busy volunteers of our outreach program knit approximately 1,000 hats that were presented to over 20 area school classrooms of 1st and 2nd graders as well as to other programs where children were designated as needing warm hats.
The outreach program has recently added a new “Backpack Project” to provide backpacks and school supplies to area school children who have been identified as blind and visually impaired. The project is just now getting underway but is already shaping up to be a huge success.
This is an invitation to you, your family members, your neighbors and your friends. Come visit the Center any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9-3. Have a cup of coffee, look around, sit in on a class, visit the store. If you have a visual problem or if anyone you know has a visual problem, think about what you have may gain from a visit or by experiencing one of our outreach programs. Come and join us. Be a member or be a volunteer. We welcome you.
Thank you. Kathy Boles, Outreach Volunteer
ATTENTION ALL VISITORS: THE BLIND CENTER KNITTERS ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF YARN! IF YOU OR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE FELLOW KNITTERS, PLEASE CHECK YOU UNUSED YARN FOR ANY FULL OR PARTIAL SKEINS YOU MAY NOT HAVE A USE FOR. PLEASE DONATE ANY EXCESS YARN TO THE CENTER FOR OUR FALL HAT PROJECT. YOUR HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
EXCITING UPDATE ON OUR OUTREACH PROJECTS:
The smiles on the faces of the children who receive these colorful hats are absolutely priceless and our volunteers accept these smiles as payment in full for their hard work.
VISION FOR EDUCATION BACKPACKS:
The membership has a backpack program called “Vision for Education Backpacks”. Backpacks are stuffed with items specific for visually challenged youth, in addition to normal items.
Thank you to all who contributed to the project.
OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO NOTE:
The Outreach Team has been very busy visiting many organizations to inform and educate the community about the Blind Center and its many functions.