Projects Supported by Donations & Grants
AmeriCorps VISTA Program
Using a grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service, the MIB Foundation for the Blind & Visually Impaired is able to bring on (up to) three full-time volunteers to work as capacity builders for the organization. These Volunteers in Service to America work for the foundation by furthering its missions and goals through reaching out to the community, fundraising, and recruiting other long-term volunteers, thereby creating a more sustainable non-profit.
The Anne Farmer Crews Computer Lab
Through a one-time donation of $12,000 from long-time Jackson resident and philanthropist, Anne Crews, the MIB Foundation for the Blind & Visually Impaired was able to start a Computer Literacy Program at Mississippi Industries for the Blind. Through providing three computers, adaptive software for each (such as JAWS & ZoomText), and an AmeriCorps member that coordinated schedules, lesson plans, and instruction, the donations were thusly able to improve life skills and job opportunities for visually impaired employees at MIB who had previously very little experience with computers.
Programmable Sewing Machines
In 2012, a large, anonymous donation was made to the foundation with which the board decided to purchase eleven programmable sewing machines that would allow employees with low vision at Mississippi Industries for the Blind to manufacture Low Cost Containers for the U.S. military. This donation, and the subsequent adaptive equipment it afforded, created eleven jobs for people with severe visual impairments.
Other Internal Programs at MIB
MIB Wellness Program
After attending the WebMD sponsored event, “Motivating Mississippi—Keys to Living Healthy,” at JSU in early March, Mississippi Industries for the Blind has increased its efforts at advancing healthy habits—and consequently, eye health awareness—around the facility. In so doing, MIB has formed a Wellness Team—complete with members from the MIB Foundation—that convenes to discuss possible activities, resources, and programs, such as “Walking Wednesdays,” to make available for employees.
Whether it’s by providing information through our Quarterly Newsletter, blog, social media outlets, or volunteering with the Lions Club of Jackson, to opening our doors for people to come in and discuss issues about blindness, the MIB Foundation for the Blind & Visually Impaired is getting involved and becoming available. Community outreach is an ever-growing branch of our foundation, and we are always looking for ways to be involved. Have a suggestion?
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