Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) is teaming up with Prevent Blindness Florida help those in need see a brighter tomorrow.With the help of the Allegheny Franciscan Ministries grant, Prevent Blindness Florida is able to work with ECHO in providing this screening in Brandon.
Kathy Collins, who started out as a volunteer, is now the event coordinator for ECHO. She was happy to shed light on why teaming up with Prevent Blindness was a good fit.
“It fits within our mission is trying to help people to get themselves out of their problems that they may have. If they can’t see, then they can’t look for jobs — so if they need glasses, it was a good thing for us to get involved with.”
Prevent Blindness Florida gives around three hundred free vision screenings each year helping between six and seven thousand people. Adults and children are provided with a visual acuity test to see a glasses may be needed. If so, they can apply for about a voucher the provides them with an eye exam and glasses, free of charge.
Jennifer Whittington, the program manager with Prevent Blindness Florida, explains that even though the free vision screening is open to anyone, there are guidelines for getting the voucher for a free eye exam and glasses.
“As far as the criteria for the examination and glasses, we do go by a two hundred percent of poverty guidelines. They would have to qualify financially, as well as the not having insurance that covers vision already — like medicaid, medicare, or private insurance.
This is the first time Prevent Blindness Florida worked with ECHO for vision screenings, both organizations look forward to working together in the future.
The Emergency Care Help Organization provides immediate relief in the forms of food, clothing and household items to those residents of the greater Brandon area that have experienced a recent emergency. Since 1987, ECHO has assisted over 109,000 individuals, over half of whom were children, with the basic life necessities. When families experience an unexpected emergency they are often faced with the decision paying the bills or buying food for their families.
With your help, ECHO assists about 300 families per month get through some of the toughest times in their lives. With a paid staff of only two non-profit professionals, ECHO relies heavily on the many volunteers they help each week. Your help is needed in the so we may continue to assist those in need. We need help in the form of monetary donations, food & clothing donations and always volunteers! Thank you for your support.
The Emergency Care Help Organization of Brandon shows off their American pride on the 4th of July in 2010. A little rain would not stop the parade, nor dampen the spirits of ECHO’s parade-goers, including board members Kathy Collins, Irma Davila, Chris Russell, Lori Libhart, Cami Gibertini, and Rosanna Chairamonte. The parade is hosted by the Community Roundtable of Brandon who named ECHO its “Non-Profit of the Year”.
The Emergency Care Help Organization provides immediate relief in the forms of food, clothing and household items to those residents of the greater Brandon area that have experienced a recent emergency.
Special Thanks to our sponsors: Studio Eyes Optical, Chick-Fil-A Lake Brandon Village, US AmeriBank, Leena’s Chocolates, and the Osprey Observer.