Winter 2017 Newlsetter

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Kayak Event for the Visually Impaired

CANCELLED – the kayaking trip was cancelled due to poor air quality and will be rescheduled for the Spring.

The NW Association for Blind Athletes is partnering with VIC to provide an opportunity to participate in a kayaking and stand-up paddle board event in Yakima. Open to all people who are blind or visually impaired this fun-filled event will be held at Sarg Hubbard Pond on Friday, September 22. Kayaks, paddle boards, flotation devices, and all required equipment. This is the first annual Water Sports Experience and is made possible by a generous grant from Yakima Rotary.

Youth, ages K-12 grade, will participate from 9:30-2:30, and adults, ages 18 and up, will participate from 1:00 to 3:00. Lunch will be served at noon for all attendees and volunteers. Prior registration is due by September 18. For more     information go to or contact VIC at (509) 452-8301.


Northwest Lions Foundation Grant

Donation from Lions FoundationThe Northwest Lions Foundation continues to be a generous supporter of Vision for Independence Center. A recently awarded grant in the amount of $11,900 has been received. These funds have been designated for several projects. Children’s services will be the major recipient when the VIC staff travels to the lower valley for low vision evaluations for those students who have been identified as low vision. VIC will be able to assist the students in obtaining the adaptive devices they need to succeed in the classroom and at home. The remaining funds will be used to provide the latest in low vision technology aids to the VIC clinic.

A previous grant from the NWLF has enabled VIC to launch this responsive WordPress website with the assistance of Danielle Surkatty of Yakindo Web Designs. The site will be maintained by VIC staff and will continue to reflect VIC activities, news, and announcements.

United Way of Central Washington Partners with VIC

Donation from United WayThe Financial Aid program of VIC is the beneficiary of grant money received from United Way of Central Washington. This fund allows VIC, utilizing the federal poverty guidelines, to grant discounts on low vision devices to patients in need. United Way has partnered with VIC since 2011.

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Yakima Lions Donation

Vision for Independence Center was honored to receive a $15,000 donation from the Yakima Lions Club in 2010. The generous donation was presented to VIC at their annual fundraiser in October, the Dinner in the Dark, by members of the Yakima Lions Club. The Lions club had received $60,000 from the estate of Joann Mills, and has evenly divided the money to four organizations that serve people with low vision issues. The other recipients are Washington State School for the Blind, Guide Dogs of America and Leader Dogs for the Blind. The club was surprised to receive the large amount of money as they don’t know much about Joann Mills. They speculate that her husband may have been a Lions club member at one time. Lions clubs work worldwide to improve eye care, restore eyesight and prevent blindness.

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