Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

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Location: 2685 Horseshoe Drive South Suite 211 Naples FL 34104 USA

Mission: 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.
Target demographics: As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County, Lighthouse of Collier needs to help the estimated 14,000 local children and adults be independent.
Geographic areas served: Collier County
Programs: Lighthouse of Collier is the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County.Lighthouse of Collier is reaching out to the community for support. The need for services in Collier County is tremendous. Lighthouse of Collier needs to help the estimated 14,000 local children and adults to be independent. Programs/Services Orientation and Mobility- Skills for safe independent navigation at home, work or in the community. Daily Living skills - Skills to live independently and safely at home. Learn tactile medication labeling, cooking, money identification, grooming. How to use check/signature guides, talking watches, using a phone, safety tips and much more. Assistive Technology - Use of assistive technology from large print displays and Braille, to accessing Email and Internet with talking PCs. Children’s Programs (all ages) - Monthly children's events and summer camp are opportunities to learn. Activities include: day trips, picnics in the park, large print cards/ board games, and meeting/ making new friends. Learn about and play with: magnifiers, CCTV’s, talking computers and State of the Art computer equipment. Transition Program (ages 14 – 22) - Provide training skills in daily living, self advocacy, communication, assistive technology, job seeking, orientation and mobility and more. Coping with Vision Loss and much more......

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. Lighthouse of Collier has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates Lighthouse of Collier on its accredited status.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I help this organization whenever I can. From delivering equipment to their clients to filing permits for events. Lots of things in between! I like what this organization does for our community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Delivering and setting up equipment that enables people to read again!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them a permanent home and permanent funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Helping people improve their lives through equipment and training.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I make a difference!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Collier County is over 2,000 square miles in size with approximately 300,000 residents.  Until the Lighthouse of Collier was formed, blind or visually impaired residents had drive to a neighboring county for assistance. The Lighthouse of Collier has brought these services home. In addition to their adult programs, the Lighthouse of Collier is focusing on providing services for children. As a volunteer, the children's program activities are some of my favorites; the annual Summer Camp is always a blast!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Lighthouse of Collier is an amazing organization! I have been a volunteer for about 6 months now and each and every time I go in, I walk out with a sense of comfort knowing that there is an organization in my community that reaches out to the visually impaired community. They provide them with the education, guidance, tools and support they need to be as independent as possible. I joined the Lighthouse as a volunteer knowing that I wanted to make a difference in the community and learn more about how those with visual impairments function comfortably and confidently, how they cope with their disability and how I personally can make a difference. You see, my son, who is now 24, was diagnosed with RP when he was 13 and since has been able to maintain his independence though through a lot of hard work and dedication. Having the opportunity to meet and work with the Executive Director, Kathleen Peck and her team of volunteers, has provided me with the opportunity to see how the Lighthouse makes a difference to those directly in need of services and their families. The Lighthouse provides the visually impaired and their families, the volunteers, the employees and the directors a sense of community, a sense of family, a sense of involvement and a sense of accomplishment! Hurray for the Lighthouse! They are truly making a difference in our community through education, support,and awareness!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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