Dear Family and Friends,
This has been a strange year for all of us. The strains of coping with the pandemic have hit all of us and we are all hoping that we see the light at the end of the tunnel and a return to some sense of normalcy soon.
I am so proud of the Carroll Center, which has weathered a very challenging year exceptionally well thanks to the leadership of Greg Donnelly, the CEO and President, and all of his staff. The Carroll Center has had on campus residential programs since last summer thanks to the development and implementation of stringent protocols to keep staff and students safe. In addition, Carroll staff developed multiple remote training programs that have reached students throughout the world. We are also launching a Comprehensive Campaign that, although not yet officially launched, has already secured approximately $3 million in transformational gifts. And staff have enhanced the Center’s reputation with the publication in the past year of three books aimed at blind and visually impaired people who use screen readers to help us improve our website navigation skills; our production of Word documents; and our use of Zoom that has become so popular during the pandemic.
The Carroll Center is just so important to so many in the blindness community, providing industry leading and state of the art training methods to people of all ages at all stages of vision loss. We help educate blind or visually impaired children attending mainstream schools; give us the skills to most effectively use assistive technology tools; teach us how to navigate both inside and outside of our homes; help us hone our job searching skills for successful employment placement, and generally help all of us be as independent as possible and stay fully engaged in our communities.
It can be a terrifying experience to lose your vision whether you are young or old. After the training we get at the Carroll Center, we are far better equipped and confident in our lives, never mind more productive and less of a burden to our friends and family, as well as to the health care system, in general.
I hope you will consider supporting the Carroll Center as it moves forward to help future generations of blind and visually impaired individuals. Thank you so much for considering this request. In the meantime, we hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. Martha, Bob, and Alvin