Please help support those who are blind and visually impaired during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Olmsted Center for Sight is now VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement. New name. Same dedication to advancing the lives of the visually impaired.
Although our doors may be temporarily closed to the public, our staff continues to work every day. When you think of essential workers you may think of doctors, nurses, and first responders, but did you know that many of the services we provide at VIA meet the Government’s qualifications of “Essential”?
VIA is supporting our WNY community in three important ways:
We continue to operate our manufacturing department as an essential business providing nitrile and vinyl gloves to the federal government, health care providers and grocery store food service workers. By doing this we are helping contain the C-19 virus.
We continue to operate the 211 WNY help-line providing our community with professionally trained individuals (many of whom are blind) to listen, problem-solve and provide crucial information to help people understand their service options during this rapidly changing C-19 crisis. This eight-county regional help-line operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and with recent call volume spiking over 300% we have had to train additional staff to assist with these crucial calls
Finally, we continue to service our clients who are blind and visually impaired, particularly those who are newly blind or elderly, remotely with telephone counseling and linkage to resources.
We continue to provide these services at a time when many of our typical revenue streams are limited; therefore the need for your support has never been greater.
Your donation will help address immediate and long-terms needs stemming from this Covid-19 crisis.
Thank you for your support,
The VIA Team.