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Art Workshops at the BVIC

Over the past year, the BVIC’s volunteer program has been enriched with the addition of several community members who have brought new skills, talents and energy to our center.  Beverly Schmidt is one such volunteer.  She is a local artist and teacher who has introduced various painting techniques to our Tuesday socialization program participants.   Beverly has an impressive professional resume and long history of service to the community.  She has worked with all age groups, from elderly patients in skilled nursing facilities, to school age children.  Beverly has shared her skills with memory impaired clients in hospitals and day care settings, taught painting classes at Lyceum, led art groups in the after school Latch Key Program, and created murals with the children of migrant workers through the Monterey Arts Council.

Our Tuesday participants have been introduced to pencil drawing, water color, acrylics and other techniques. Their work has already received praise from staff and volunteers.  In an effort to spread the word about new art opportunities at BVIC, we are sponsored an art show and display of their work, on Tuesday, March 20th. And this is only a beginning.  We would like to schedule a series of art workshops in the coming months, featuring a variety of techniques and mediums.  Classes will be held at the center and taught by Beverly and possibly other local artists.  Please contact Jacquie if you are interested in attending future workshops. We welcome your input and ideas.

The Association of Blind Citizens: Assistive Technology Fund

Operated by the Association of Blind Citizens, the fund provides financial resources to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. Products covered by this program retail for a minimum of $200 and a Maximum of $6,000. Persons eligible to apply for assistance have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000. Applications must be submitted by June 30th and December 31st for each grant period (two per year). Applicants may submit one request per calendar year. All applications must be submitted via e-mail. The ATF is limited to U.S. residents who are legally blind. Follow this link for more information and instructions about the ATF. Assistive Technology Fund

WE PUT THE FUN BACK INTO FUNDRAISING!!

We are excited to bring you two fast and easy ways to donate to your favorite charity, the
BVIC.   Doing two things many of us love to do – Search the WEB and SHOP online. The BVIC is registered on eScrip and GoodSearch, two Internet sites that help non-profits.  Even if you are not a computer user you can help by spreading  the word to family and friends!

GoodSearch
Use www.goodsearch.com  as your search engine. For each search GoodSearch will make a donation to the BVIC.  All you have to do is register at www.GoodSearch.com and select Blind and Visually Impaired Center-BVIC from the drop-down menu. Then search away….

The site also offers GoodShop where you can find coupons & discounts for over 1,000 stores. PLUS, the added bonus of money being donated to the BVIC while you search or shop. For example Macy’s gifting is 1.5 to 2.5%, Best Buy 2.5% and Pet Smart can be 4 to 7.5%.  You can even add GoodSearch to your toolbar or on your website.

eScrip
eScrip and hundreds of merchant partners have created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases to a chosen group, BVIC.

Online Registration –
Visit www.eScrip.com  and register in the program. It only takes a few minutes and from then on shop with eScrip merchants - automatically! http://www.groups.escrip.com/bts/safe_wcn_nosfwy/images/spacer.gif  Registration is fast and easy.    Steps for supporter registration:

  • Select Group being supported. Please enter: Blind-Visually Impaired Ctr Monterey Co. This will bring up the BVIC’s name and address. Click on that and continue your registration.
  • Enter your information, name and add If you have a grocery or community card you may enter that to keep on file.
  • Or you may choose to enter a credit or debit card.
  • Retail credit cards are also accepted.
    FYI: You must choose from one of the options above to finalize the registration process.
  • Confirmation of information.

You are DONE!! Happy trails to you!


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