March, 2016, is "Save Your Vision Month."
A Child’s Eyes and Forsight Vision are hosting an on-line patching party to help spread awareness about Amblyopia. #IPatch
Amblyopia is the most common cause of vision impairment in children, effecting 2-3 out of every 100 children. If left untreated, Amblyopia can lead to permanent blindness. However, Amblyopia is a very treatable form of blindness. Patching or, more formally, Occlusion Therapy is widely accepted as the best treatment for Amblyopia, but only about seventy-five percent of children and their parents who attempt patching are able to succeed with treatment. Failure is often due to a lack of knowledge and support.
Meet Lucy: Lucy (York, PA) is joyful 5 year-old and has been patching to treat her amblyopia for 2 years. Lucy patches her eye 1-2 hours per day. Patching can be difficult for both the child and the parent. Lucy's parents biggest concern is that Lucy doesn't feel embarrassed about wearing her eye patch in public. We want to spread awareness about Amblyopia to help prevent blindness and we want to highlight our little patching super heroes, like Lucy, who wear eye patches every day to help save their vision!
A Child’s Eyes and ForSight Vision have teamed up to provide a monthly support group for families dealing with Amblyopia called SUCCESS. They meet the first Monday of every month from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Children come to the group wearing their eye patches and participate in fun and challenging activities that help them improve their vision. Parents meet and encourage one another and learn new strategies and treatments. The group is led by Danielle Crull, ABOM a Master Certified Optician, and Leora Weist, Vision Screening Analyst.
During the month of March we are asking families to post pictures of their little super patchers on social media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #IPatch.
Sponsored in partnership by:
A Child’s Eyes, 4840 E. Trindle Rd, Mechanicsburg PA 17050. Contact: Danielle Crull, ABOM, 717-901-3937 or email@example.com
ForSight Vision, 1380 Spahn Ave, York PA 17402, Contact: Bill Rhinesmith, 717-848-1690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ForSight Vision Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Earns Seal of Excellence
ForSight Vision is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. ForSight initially was accredited in 2010 and this renewal extends through 2020. ForSight Vision voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by a “jury of its peers.” The peer review team examined ForSight Vision for compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, in areas including: Mission and Program, Governing Body, Conflict of Interest, Human Resources, Financial and Legal, Openness, Fundraising, Public Affairs and Public Policy
PANOevaluates fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all of which are inherently important in the nonprofit world. ABC Nonprofit’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were subjected to in-depth examination prior to earning accreditation.
"The Seal of Excellence is granted to well-managed, responsibly governed organizations that are deserving of the public’s trust," explains Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for PANO. "ForSight Vision’s Board and staff have shown an extensive level of commitment to this process, and their pursuit of the Seal of Excellence confirms that they believe strongly in promoting a culture of ethics in their operations and governance."
ForSight Vision has been named a finalist for a Nonprofit Innovation Award.
The York agency is competing in the Collaboration Category based on its work with A Child’s Eyes, an independent organization that identifies and works to correct amblyopia in children. (Amblyopia is often called “lazy eye.”) ForSight Vision is competing against nine other regional nonprofit organizations.
Sponsored in a partnership of Central Pennsylvania Business Journal, The York County Community Foundation, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, and the The Foundation to Enhance Communities, the awards will be presented on February 24 at a ceremony at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York.
WellSpan Health is the presenting Sponsor of the program.
WSB is now accepting applications for our upcoming Call Center Specialist (CCS) program, scheduled to begin on March 28th! The two-month CCS program not only trains clients to work in any fast-paced call center setting, but now offers all graduates of the program the opportunity to participate in 90 days of on-the-job training in WSB's Call Center!
In reviewing industry trends, we have found there is a significant need for trained customer service professionals who become the voice of a company. However, most employers prefer candidates with practical hands-on experience. Because of this, WSB has designed a second component to our CCS program, allowing for our clients to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities while putting theory to the test. All graduates of the CCS program will be offered the opportunity to participate in 90 days of on-the-job training in WSB's Call Center. Clients will place calls to professionals, communicate subject matter, and document results. In addition to the experience gained and reflected on their resume, they will also be able to continue to conduct meaningful job searches with WSB staff's assistance, and utilize resources available on campus.
The CCS programs offers client a chance to learn important skills and techniques such as soft skills, working with difficult customers, sales and marketing techniques, proper phone etiquette, as well as use of software to accomplish sales. The career opportunities for Call Center Specialists range from sales, assisting customers to correct orders, reservations, car rentals, vacation planning, cruises, government filing, and more. Clients interested in a career in phone sales or customer service will find the CCS training and skills learned and perfected in the classroom invaluable.
The deadline to begin evaluation for the CCS program is February 29th, so submit your application today! Don't hesitate, as this is a chance to begin your career as a Call Center Specialist in a matter of only a few short months
For referrals or for more information, please contact our Recruiting and Admissions Department at 800-248-0734 or email@example.com.
The Board of Directors presented four retiring Board Members with plaques of appreciation at its November 16, 2015, meeting. Shown in this picture (left to right) are Steve Stewart, Wendy Funk and Frank Zeak. John Flinchbaugh was also recognized but not available for the picture.
Steve has served many years as Treasurer. Wendy served as the Board’s Secretary while Frank has served as Treasurer and is a Past Chair. John Flinchbaugh also is a Past Chair.
The Board thanks these four members who have served the agency well and provided guidance and wisdom.