The James O. and Harriet P. Rigney Endowment of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC Provides Support for Free Vision Clinic at James Island Elementary

The James O. and Harriet P. Rigney Endowment of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC Provides Support for Free Vision Clinic at James Island Elementary
Head Start and Child Development Children to Receive Screenings
during the 2018-19 School Year

Charleston, SC – Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston (ABVI) is pleased to announce it has received a $4,128 grant from the James O. and Harriet P. Rigney Endowment of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC to provide funding for a vision clinic during the 2018-19 school year. These funds will support the continuation of ABVI’s Focus on Children program which provides free vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, prescription glasses, referrals and eye care education to Charleston County students.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the James O. and Harriet P. Rigney Endowment of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC for the vision clinic at James Island Elementary,” said Courtney Plotner, Executive Director for ABVI. “This funding will allow us to provide free vision screenings for all Head Start and Child Development students at the school as well as free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses for students who need it.”

The children served by Focus on Children are all ages 3 to 5. The primary goals of Focus on Children are to restore vision and prevent the incidence of unnecessary vision loss. Through our program, we aim to catch and address vision impairments in children at an early age before permanent damage or interruption in the child’s educational career occurs.

The vision screenings for the 2018-19 school year begin in August and will continue throughout the Fall semester. Through Focus on Children, ABVI serves students in 22 Charleston County schools, 21 of which are Title I. ABVI then provides comprehensive eye exams for children not passing the initial screening and, when indicated, provides free, prescription glasses and/or referrals to a doctor for follow-up care.

To learn more about Focus on Children, please visit www.abvisc.org/what-we-do.

About Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston’s mission is to empower individuals with blindness and visual impairment to lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives and to prevent vision loss for adults in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties and children in Charleston County Title I schools. Founded in 1936, we have been serving the Tri-County area for over 80 years. We have three main programs supporting our mission: Focus on Adults, Focus on Children and Own Your Life. Focus on Adults and Focus on Children are preventative programs aimed at catching vision impairment in the early stages and restoring vision when possible. Own Your Life is geared towards helping our blind and visually impaired clients attain independence in their personal and professional lives. In addition, we provide guide dog scholarships for our clients as well as opportunities for social engagement.

About Coastal Community Foundation

Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) helps create vibrant communities by uniting people and investing resources. Founded in 1974 to make a lasting impact through permanent, endowed funds for charitable giving, CCF embodies the core values of stewardship, integrity, inclusion with equity, and courage.

CCF serves nine counties across coastal South Carolina, manages more than $250 million in assets (among the top 100 community foundations in the nation), and awarded more than $13 million in grants in 2017. To learn more, visit coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.

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