Lighthouse Central Florida Receives Grants to Help Blind and Visually Impaired

Recently, Lighthouse Central Florida received two grants from Orlando Elks Lodge, totaling $7,000 donated to the local nonprofit. Lighthouse will use the grants to provide education, independent life skills, and job readiness training and coaching to Central Floridians living with vision impairment or blindness, along with their families.

Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, Lighthouse is the only nonprofit provider of life-changing vision rehabilitation services in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

Pictured left to right: Aubie Dingwell, 5 Year Trustee; Ralph Vemos, the Acting Exalted Ruler; Georgiana Tynes, Director of Fund Development; and Beatrice Lopez Masso, Marketing and Development Coordinator.
Pictured left to right: Beatrice Lopez Masso, Marketing and Development Coordinator; Georgiana Tynes, Director of Fund Development; Aubie Dingwell, 5 Year Trustee; and Ralph Vemos, the Acting Exalted Ruler.

Lighthouse Central Florida, which provides vision rehabilitation services to those living with vision impairment or blindness throughout Central Florida, has received a $1,000 grant from Paycom. Paycom is a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software. The funds from this grant will be used for Lighthouse Central Florida’s Early Intervention Services, Children’s Program and Transition Program, which benefit infants, children and youth.

Lighthouse’s Early Intervention Services are provided to infants and children ages 0-5 and their families with learning structured to maximize the visual and developmental progress of each child. The Children’s Program supports children ages 5-13 and their families with services that enhance each child’s learning and ability to function independently, as well as engage with parents, guardians and family members. The Transition Program benefits students age 14-22 who are currently in the school system under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), providing them with skills and experience to facilitate successful transition from high school to post-secondary activities, such as college, vocational school and employment.

Lighthouse Central Florida also recently hosted its Golf After Dark annual fundraiser event benefiting its mission to serve the region’s residents living with vision loss or impairment. Tom Mirus, a professional PGA player living with vision impairment and a member of the United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame, joined the event as a special guest player.

L-R – Mike Walsh, VP Chief Programs Officer for Lighthouse Central Florida; Tom Mirus; Kyle Johnson, President and CEO of Lighthouse Central Florida


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