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Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired
of Monterey County since 1971



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The BVIC is sustained by fundraisers, grants and gifts from the generosity of caring individuals. We welcome your tax-deductible gifts that help us provide direct services to those who are challenged with the loss of vision. We also accept planned giving, including bequests, trusts and stocks. Volunteers are an important part of the BVIC team, helping with fundraising, assisting at the Tuesday Program and as readers.

We appreciate the generous support of Lions Building for the Blind, the organization that provides the facilities for the BVIC.

Vehicle Donation Program (Monterey County)

Chariots for Charity

The Old Capitol Lions Club of Monterey (Lions Club) in conjunction with the Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Montery County (BVIC) will utilize your Chariot for Charity in work for Monterey County residents who are blind or visually impaired.

What We Will Do
The Old Capitol Lions Club will handle the sale, evaluate the vehicle (car, truck, boat, or other vehicle), have it safety checked, and make it as salable as possible consistent with Blue Book values. We invest money and our time for every vehicle we accept. This benefits all those involved. The vehicle will be sold on your behalf and the resulting funds will benefit the Lions Club's work with the BVIC. The registration will be transferred to the new owner and the Lions Club will handle smog certification and DMV transfer documents. We will then acknowledge your donation by letter for your tax purposes. The BVIC is a non-profit, charitable organization under the IRS Code Section 501 (c ) 3. Individual tax situations vary so please check with a tax professional to determine how you may benefit.

What We Ask of You
Your signature on our Chariots for Charity donation form and the signed registration will enable the Lions Club to offer the vehicle for sale. It will be an added benefit if you will retain ownership and liability insurance until the vehicle is sold. Otherwise, the BVIC will take title to the vehicle as soon as the smog certificate can be issued. We appreciate your cooperation and patience in enabling us to get a fair price for the vehicle.

Should you have any questions please call Russ Hatch, the coordinator for the Chariots for Charity Program at 831-659-5360 or the BVIC at 831-649-3505.

Internet Shoppers!!

We Put the Fun Back into Fundraising!!
We're 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!

Use as your search engine. For each search GoodSearch will make a donation to the BVIC. All you have to do is register at 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 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 and register in the program. It only takes a few minutes and from then on shop with eScrip merchants - automatically! 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!

Give to the BVIC Every Time You Shop for Groceries - With the Swipe of a Card

Yes, there is a way to help out the BVIC without spending any extra money simply by shopping for your groceries at Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky or FoodMaxx.

We are participating in the S.H.A.R.E.S. program through Save Mart Supermarkets and S-Mart Foods. Each time you shop and swipe your S.H.A.R.E.S. card the BVIC will receive 3% of qualified purchases. Call the BVIC to get your free S.H.A.R.E.S. card.


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