What Do They Do?
The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.
Programs United Way Supports
United Way funding supports:
- Lighthouse of Collier Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Skills Classes during the week, offered either at the Lighthouse of Collier Center or at Adult/Assisted Living Facilities where the clients reside
- A 12 week technology class to Adults which simultaneously increases the number of clients served .
- Additional Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series throughout the year to Blind and Visually Impaired persons and their caretakers. This provides an education experience for the attendees and an opportunity to interact and socialize with others who share the same disabilities
- Translation services for Creole and Spanish speaking members of the blind and visually impaired community to ensure clear understanding of the services we are providing
- A comprehensive Job Readiness Program to provide clients with a person-centered, employment readiness program using a learning-based curriculum, all within a community setting.
- Care Takers and Parent Support Groups for those who are caring for and interacting with the Blind and Visually Impaired Community on a regular basis
Various operational expenses are also funded and they include the following:
- Workman’s Compensation Insurance that will be required due to the increase in the number of employees. (approximately $12,000 a year)
- Maintenance and upkeep of leased space at Horseshoe Drive South, to include rent increases and cleaning services (estimated $5,000)
What Their Volunteers Do
Since 2009 when Lighthouse of Collier opened its doors, through January 31, 2015, 1200 volunteers have donated a total of 27,447 hours. Volunteers provide front office support and support for the day to day operations of the center, they participate and assist with monthly children events and assist the Camp Director during the Children’s Summer Camp program In addition, volunteers serve on committees and provide hands-on help for fundraising and special events, they play an important role in outreach efforts by getting the word out about the services Lighthouse of Collier provides and by attending local functions and meetings to educate the public.
What Dollars Do
•$500 Assistive Technology Training= $50 per hour (10 hour minimum is standard)
•$500 White Cane Training= $50 per hour (10 hour minimum is standard)
•$1,400 Send a Child to Lighthouse of Collier’s 4 week Summer Camp
•$2,400 Independent Living Class= 12 four-hour sessions
2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Naples, FL 34104