LEHIGH VALLEY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
At the Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind, we strive to be the leading advocacy and peer support network for individuals and their families living in Lehigh and Northampton counties who are living with blindness or visual impairments. Our mission is to encourage people who are blind or visually impaired to seek independence through education and employment, through the learning of blindness skills, and through personal and social adjustment. We want to continue to be recognized as the leading advocacy organization in the Lehigh Valley for people with visual impairments in the areas of education, employment, transportation and accessibility. The aim of all our activities is to encourage people to achieve their potential as valued members of society.
2020 LVCB OFFICERS
President: Gary Dvorshak
Vice President: Dorothy Montero
Recording Secretary: Amanda Waldron
Corresponding Secretary: Dianne Michels
Treasurer: Jameel Memon
CONTACT INFO AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Phone: (877)-617-7407 (This is the direct to Pennsylvania Council of the Blind office. When calling, let them know you are trying to reach our chapter, the Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind, and they will transfer you to the appropriate contact).
PCB Website: www.pcb1.org
CHAPTER MEETING INFO
***Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following social distancing regulations as per the governor of Pennsylvania, all meetings will be held via teleconference until further notice. Please check back to our website regularly for any additional updates. To access our monthly LVCB meeting via telephone, please call 605-475-4759. When prompted, please enter the following access code followed by #. The access code is: 257757. Our meetings will continue to follow the third Saturday of the month schedule as usual, beginning at 10 am.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding the teleconference meetings, please reach out through our email, email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to keeping all of our members safe and healthy according to CDC guidelines.***
The Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind typically holds our chapter meetings on the 3rd Saturday of each month, with some exceptions. The majority of our meetings are held at the Center for Vision Loss located at: 845 W Wyoming St. Allentown PA, 18103. Our meeting times are usually 10 am to 12 noon, with quarterly lunch meetings from 10 am to 1 pm. Our meetings are open to anyone who is interested in attending.
Our meetings start with light refreshments and peer socialization, hold our meeting, take a break partway through, finish the meeting, then continue socialization amongst attendees. Any questions, feel free to contact us.
To become a member of LVCB, you do not need to be blind or visually impaired. individuals who are fully sighted are highly encouraged to also join. To become an officer on the executive board, (President, Vice President), you must be legally blind or above. For any other officer position, you can be sighted to hold these offices.
Membership dues are paid yearly, $20. These member dues give you access to LVCB, PCB, and ACB. In addition to becoming a member, you will be given access to exclusive member-only perks. (These may include, but are not limited to: Affiliate mailings in your preferred reading format, member email listserves, chapter/state/national conferences and events, and more). Come out to experience one of our awesome meetings, having the opportunities to meet and interact with an incredible group of people. Check out our Facebook page for current and upcoming events held by our chapter.
A POEM WRITTEN BY ONE OF OUR MEMBERS
Written by: Elizabeth Oleksa
(C) 2019. All Rights Reserved
Living in a darkness,
Searching for light.
In midst of isolation,
Comes sadness and fright.
A lost and helpless feeling,
Of hopelessness and despair.
What is the point in living?
In a world so unfair.
Reaching for support,
Through every twist and turn.
Feeling the way around,
A new way to learn.
A wanting for comfort,
Some help there to find.
Thoughts of going crazy,
Begin to overwhelm the mind.
Hearing a kind word,
The offering of a helping hand.
Gives peace and comfort,
So, few people truly understand.
But somewhere in life,
There are others like me.
Others who live their lives,
Without being able to see.
No sight in their eyes,
But a light in their heart.
A vision for the future,
A brand-new place to start.
Experiences of living,
Just everyday lives,
Guidance on finding,
A beautiful journey without eyes.
It is a huge misunderstanding,
For what so many think they know.
Even without sight,
A proud life I do show.
No shame in loss of eye-sight,
Allow me to set the tone.
Advocating for those who cannot see,
To let them know they are not alone.
For I, myself was once there too,
Not knowing which way to go.
With support and guidance to help me through,
My life’s purpose began to show.
Fight through the hard times,
You can make it out on top.
Never give up on trying,
It is not time to stop.
For life has just begun,
Although a new path it may be.
There is so much worth living for,
And for that you don’t need eyes to see.
The Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind is an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, an affiliate of American Council of the Blind.
LVCB is a 501C3, non-profit organization.
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This website is not actively monitored and will be updated with any changes, at a minimum, quarterly.
CONTACT LEHIGH VALLEY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
845 W Wyoming St. Allentown PA, 18103