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Pennsylvania Vision Foundation Grants $20,000 to Underinsured Pennsylvanians for Vision Health

The Pennsylvania Vision Foundation provides coverage and care to those who need it most.  As a 501(c)3 Charitable Foundation, our purpose is to conduct and finance projects to foster and preserve human eyesight through the science of optometry in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  By partnering with many local, community-based non-profit organizations, the Foundation’s primary Vision Benefit Program provided essential vision exams, prescription lenses, and frames to over 3,600 underinsured Pennsylvanians eligible for this benefit.  In 2018 the foundation granted $20,000 to help drive programs of partner agencies aiding their ability to connect lives with the essential gift of sight and healthy vision.

 

Vision Resource Center of Berks County (VRC Berks), Reading, PA

VRC Berks is an affiliate agency of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.  They have served the Berks County community for over 85 years.  Providing an array of programs including:  Sight loss support groups, adult socialization, adult counseling, vision health education, hispanic outreach, and child vision screenings.  The grant will be used towards the cost of implementing, administrating, and marketing the Foundation’s Vision Benefit Program for individuals deemed eligible.

 

Centre Volunteers In Medicine (CVIM), State College, PA

CVIM has been serving Centre County since 2003 by providing medical care, dental care, pharmacy, case management, and medical assistance at no cost to qualified, uninsured patients. CVIM is an affiliate of the Free Clinic Association of PA.  They receive no federal or state funding and drive a budget solely through community individuals, corporate donations, and private foundations.  The grant will be used for funding a new marketing campaign designed to increase community awareness of the medical programs they provide alongside the Foundation’s Vision Benefit Program.

 

FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA

FOCUS Pittsburgh has a mission of trauma informed community development.  They are a member of the Free Clinic Association of PA with a wide breadth of programs including family crisis intervention, workforce development, transportation, document recovery, and free health clinic.  Grant funds will be allocated toward community outreach and marketing along with administration of the Foundation’s Vision Benefit program.

 

The Foundation is a proud affiliate of Vision Benefits of America (VBA).