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Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County

Mission

Our mission is to empower the blind and visually impaired toward independent living through education, support services and skills training.

The Big Idea

The Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County is working to develop a mobile clinic that can better serve the Salinas Valley and care for individuals who are visually impaired or blind. Their office in Pacific Grove isn’t accessible for all Monterey County residents, so developing a mobile clinic will provide the nonprofit with the ability to reach people who lack the resources or transportation to reach them. The center is the only civilian low-vision clinic in Monterey County and has a duty to serve the 430,000 residents of Monterey County suffering from any level of vision loss. Plans include hiring an additional low-vision optometrist along with one additional staff member, as well as establishing partnerships with other agencies to host them.

As a client, former Board member, and volunteer for the Blind and Visually Impaired Center, I have come to know this organization intimately. Both my wife and I appreciate all the care and assistance we have received from the Center and their dedicated staff. The Blind and Visually Impaired Center has an amazing Clinic and trained staff to help give hope to all of us. With white cane training, I can now walk with confidence throughout my community, both day and night if necessary. Because of specialized computer software and staff training, I can type this very document, and manage my email. With advice and training, I can continue my cooking avocation, and safely manage my stove and microwave.

- Ron Kihara

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.