ORGANIZATIONS - MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GRANT APPLICATION
Because of the generosity of so many people in this community, in 2016 the Bill Sugra Memorial Fund will be able to distribute $77,000  to honor Bill’s memory to the following organizations:

SCHOLARSHIP
We are continuing our matching scholarship with IUP for a needy student - Bill attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and truly loved the education that he received there. There is a memorial to 3 students who graduated from IUP who were tragically killed at the World Trade Center.

     CARING FOR CHILDREN

     Programs essential to the health, welfare and educational needs of children in our community.


     CARING FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE

     Ensuring that people who need help with the basic essentials of life are given every opportunity.


     CARING FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

     Providing support and access to care for those with special needs.

     CARING FOR SENIORS

     Providing support for those services that help seniors live independently and with dignity.


   Grant Application

Mission:

The Bill Sugra Memorial Fund is established in memory of Bill Sugra, a truly compassionate, caring and loving young man whose life was tragically taken in the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City. The purpose of the fund is to encourage, support and assist the needy and disadvantaged to improve their lives during times of difficulty, regardless of geographic location, race, religion or gender.

   (The maximum single grant per agency will be no greater than $5,000, and
   depending on the number of applicants, many small grants may be awarded.)
   Due Date
: JULY 1st.

GRANT APP - PDF
GRANT APP - WORD DOC

TESTIMONIAL

CENTER FOR VISION LOSS

   Karen Z. Huetter,
   Development Director

Imagine how your life would be affected if you were diagnosed with a vision loss which could no longer be corrected. How would you get to a doctor’s appointment, shop for groceries, read your mail or a good book or watch TV? These are a few of the issues that impact the daily lives of Center for Vision Loss customers, many of whom are senior citizens. We are a community benefit agency with offices in Allentown and Stroudsburg which has provided critical social services for the blind and impaired residents of Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe Counties since 1928.

Center for Vision Loss services and programs empower our customers to improve their quality of life and work towards their personal level of independence. Our menu of support begins with traditional casework services and home visits and continues with lifeskills education classes, support group sessions, socialization activities and an introduction to assistive technology including iPhones and iPads. Many customers rely on our Escorted Transportation with a sighted guide for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and agency-sponsored activities. Customers can also receive a special low vision examination in our Low Vision Clinics and be introduced to various kinds of magnification devices to enhance their remaining vision. We also provide referrals to the PA Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services for training with certified Vision Rehabilitation and Orientation and Mobility instructors.

We believe that no one should allow poor vision or vision loss to limit their life. To that end the agency also provides free vision screenings using state-of-the art technology for children 6 months to 5 years old and has established a Vision Help Program to provide free eye exams and glasses for financially eligible adults and children. Our Board, staff, volunteers and customers sincerely thank the Sugra family and the Bill Sugra Memorial Fund for helping us “look beyond vision” in our community in so many ways.