WCBA celebrates Christmas with Santa and receives a special visit from State Representative Eric Nelson. Merry Christmas from all of us at WCBA! We’d like to thank all of our friends and family for supporting us all year.
The Westmoreland County Blind Association was invited to attend an event in Harrisburg earlier this week called “Day on the Hill”. The event was sponsored by UniqueSource. The purpose of the trip was to allow our consumers an opportunity to thank our state representatives and senators for helping to support “My Work, My Choice”.
We attended a dinner on Monday, October 16th at the West Shore Country Club, followed by a day of scheduled meetings with various congressmen on Tuesday, October 17th. During each visit, our consumers and past UniqueSource Employee Award Winners, Michael Kissell and David Marks, met with these congressmen and expressed their appreciation for their recent support. They also provided each congressman with a gift of a “My Work, My Choice” picture, shirt and hat. Additional WCBA staff who participated in the trip included Tim Miller (Executive Director), Amy Matenkosky (Executive Assistant), Karen Booley (Production Manager), and Greg Millar who assisted with our transportation.
Click on the image below or visit our Day on the Hill Photo Album to see photos of the trip.
Please click the image below to enjoy our Summer Newsletter and see what’s been happening at the WCBA.
Congratulations to Michael Kissell, an amazing co-worker and friend of ours! He received a UniqueSource Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding and exceptional character in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review also recently posted this nice article and video about his award, “Greensburg man receives UniqueSource Achievement Award“.
Thanks again to everyone who attended our 15th Annual Golf Outing! It was great seeing all of you! If you would like to see the event photos visit our Facebook photo album.
As Spring arrives in western Pennsylvania, we are called to the outdoors. We rediscover what has been hidden by snow and lay dormant during the winter months. The nice weather is our inspiration to collect branches or leaves that have accumulated in the corners of the yard; stain the deck in time for grilling season or break out the bicycle.
The Westmoreland County Blind Association wants you to enjoy the season, and most importantly be safe and prevent eye damage. Please consider these tips to protect your vision in the coming months:
- Wear sunglasses outside when the sun shines. Look for lenses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
- View fireworks from at least 500 feet away. Never let children play with fireworks.
- Wear safety glasses when doing work that may produce chips, dust or flying particles. When working with chemicals, choose goggles that fit snugly against your face and secure with a strap.
- Thoroughly wash your hands before touching the eye.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Foods rich in antioxidants, lutein, Vitamins C and E are good for eye health.
- If you know something has scratched your eye, seek treatment from your doctor/emergency room for your eye injury.
WCBA would like to give a big thank you to the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club for a $3,500 donation to be used for our kitchen renovations. They also gave us a $100 donation for Beacon Lodge (special needs summer camp) travel expenses.
The Melvin Jones award was presented to Ray Shick by District 14-E Governor Sam Snively.
We are grateful for the Lions’ Clubs continued generosity.
As you know, the Rally will be on March 13th at 10:30 a.m. There is going to be a hearing at 11:30 a.m. as well. The location of the Rally is the East Wing Rotunda, Main Capital Harrisburg.
We are anticipating approximately 750 – 1,000 to attend. Many individuals will be wearing white hats and red shirts with the “My Work, My Choice” logo.
It is recommended that you utilize the rear entrance to the Capital (East side) near the fountain. This is the closest entrance to the Rally and Hearing. It is also the entrance to utilize for individuals in wheelchairs.
East Wing Entrance
500 Commonwealth Avenue
There is parking lot information available for those interested.
Please contact Tim Miller at 724-309-9056 with questions or if you need assistance on the 13th.
My Work, My Choice
In celebration of #GivingTuesday please consider making a donation to the WCBA. Your gift will help support our efforts of employment, advocacy, assistance, awareness and independence!
It is through the kindness of our friends and neighbors that the WCBA mission endures! Visit Ways To Give to see how you can help.