Virtual Training Creates Need for Laptops, Tablets
- By: Jon Williams
- Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
Help people with vision loss affected by COVID-19
By Jon Williams
These past few months have challenged the whole ACBVI team to think even more creatively about what we can – and should – do to reach Arizonans who are blind and visually impaired.
It’s both exciting and a little daunting. Thankfully, we have you by our side!
Together, we now serve nearly 3,000 adults each year. But we know that’s just fraction of the 200,000 Arizonans who need our help.
COVID-19 has pushed us to offer more of our programs and services online. That means:
1. Our clients – many of whom have high-risk health conditions – can stay safe at home while progressing toward their goals.
2. We can help even more people with vision loss live more independently.
But before we scale, we have to solve an urgent problem. Many clients involved in our social recreation program right now don’t have their own laptops or tablets. And we don’t know when – if ever this year – we’ll be able to fully reopen our facility.
We estimate that it will cost $5,000 to buy technology for our clients in need. If you can, will you please make a much-needed gift today?
Thank you for keeping our clients and team in your thoughts these past few months. It means so much, and it helps us stay focused on the opportunities that lie ahead.
About The Author
Jon Williams is the Fund Development Officer at ACBVI. He has over 25 years of professional non-profit experience in development, fundraising, volunteer and event management with national non-profits including the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and three member food banks in the Feeding America network, including his last position as Development Manager with United Food Bank in Mesa. Originally from South Bend, IN and a graduate of Ball State University, Jon has devoted his career in giving back to the community and providing assistance to those underserved populations needing help. A resident of Chandler, Jon enjoys the Arizona lifestyle along with traveling near and far, a great live concert or an exciting sports game!