The Charitable Society of Charleston Endowment Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC has awarded the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston (ABVI) a $4,128 grant to support the vision clinic at Memminger Elementary School. The clinic, which will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd, is part of ABVI’s Focus on Children program that provides free vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, prescription glasses, referrals and eye care education to Charleston County students.
“For the last 25 years, the Charitable Society of Charleston has made a significant impact on the Charleston community by providing regular volunteer and financial support to nonprofit organizations,” Courtney Plotner, Chief Executive Officer of ABVI, said. “The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston is extremely grateful to the Charitable Society of Charleston for recognizing the importance of providing onsite vision screenings for preschool-aged children in Charleston County.”
Through Focus on Children, ABVI provides free, comprehensive vision care, including prescription glasses and referrals to Charleston County students, mostly from Head Start and Child Development programs. Annually, the clinics serve more than 1,500 students in 22 schools, 21 of which are Title I. A comprehensive eye exam for children not passing the initial screening is provided onsite and, when indicated, ABVI provides free, prescription glasses and/or referrals to a doctor for follow-up care.
About The Charitable Society of Charleston
The Charitable Society of Charleston is committed to providing for the needs of local nonprofit organizations helping individuals in our community. The members are particularly interested in organizations focused on serving children, the elderly, individuals with special needs and promoting overall community wellness. The Charitable Society of Charleston created an endowment fund with the Coastal Community Foundation of SC to provide long-term stability for the organization. Each year the Charitable Society of Charleston utilizes the interest from the account to provide grants to local charities. To learn more visit, http://www.charitablesocietyofcharleston.org/.