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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health

Mission: To prevent blindness and preserve sight in the state of Maryland.

Results: For more than 101 years we have provided the citizens of Maryland with advocacy, screenings and education aimed at preventing loss of sight.

Target demographics: Preschool Children in Central Maryland Adults in Maryland at risk for eye disease Homeless and Indigent in Maryland All ages to prevent blindness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000

Geographic areas served: State of Maryland

Programs: The goal of the Maryland Society for Sight is to reach all MArylanders through the following programs: Rosalie S. Sauber Preschool Vision Screening Program Mobile Eye Care for the Homeless Adult Vision and Glaucoma Awareness Program Eye Health and Safety Education Program

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alanola Health Services uses the MD Society for Sight for all of the employee health fairs we coordinate in the Greater Balitmore Area. The MD Society For Sight provides FREE vision screenings and glaucoma screenings at our events. Not only are they knowledgable in thier field of services, but they conduct themselves in a manner worthy of recognition. I hope to see them at many future events.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the privilege of knowing this organization for almost a year. They have been instrumental in helping our clients provide a vital service to their employees - screening for glaucoma. At each health fair, their table is busy from start to finish, and several people who didn't know they had glaucoma have been identified. Getting additional attention for that can really help them improve their quality of life and seek treatment soon enough to make a difference and possibly save their eyesight. This is a great organization that delivers a valuable service. We appreciate their commitment to helping people protect their sight.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Maryland Society for Sight through a friend about 10 years ago. I initially provided free eye exams and was later asked to serve on the Board of Directors. I have been involved eversince

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with The Maryland Society for Sight for an internship college requirement. I was able to gain insight of what is like to work with a diverse population such as school age kids and older population for the Glaucoma screening program. Working with the staff members was a wonderful experience, both Audrey and Jacqueline are very professional and dedicated to the mission of the society. I would definately recommend this program to anyone who wants to make a difference in the community.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first got involved with the Maryland Society for Sight as a volunteer. I was matched with a client with macular degeneration who needed assistance with grocery shopping. It was a wonderful experience which grew from a desire to assist someone in the community into a long term friendship. After a year of viewing first hand what this group was able to accomplish on a tight budget, I joined the Board of Directors, later serving as Chairperson. Twelve years of volunteering with the Maryland Society for Sight and I am still impressed daily with the skill, energy and compassion of the staff of this mighty little organization.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IT has been a pleasure to be able to work with the great people of the Md society for Sight. They are tireless in their efforts to better serve the underserved in Baltimore and the surrounding region. Sherry Rowe is a gem in providing a warm personal touch and consistent follow up for all in need. Jacquline Nerette offers her true and genuine selfless energy to the screening projects. The whole team carries a sense of mission with compassion. I am proud to be associated with them. Sam Boles _____________________ Samuel F. Boles, MD Anne Arundel Eye Center | Annapolis, MD 21401 | Office: 410.224.2010 | Fax: 410.224.3044 | Mobile: 410.409.9029 | Email: Sam@EyeCenter2010.com | www.EyeCenter2010.com ____________________________

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a rising junior at Brown University with the ultimate goal of attending medical school, I can honestly say that working with Director Audrey Novak at the Maryland Society of Sight has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Though courses in neuroscience and psychology have taught me the key role of early intervention for medical health, actually working in preschools has given me first hand exposure in the importance of organizations such as this one. When teachers find that a difficult, contradictory child may have serious vision problems that once addressed may ameliorate his behavior, it is as if a sense of hope is restored. A similar exhiliration comes when a grown adult begins to understand the importance of regular visits to the eye doctor. Baltimore is lucky to have the MD Society for Sight.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Maryland Society of Sight is an excellent non-profit organization with a clear mission to preserve sight. Audrey Novak personally assisted me to learn more about vision screening when I was a new elementary school nurse. She then presented this information to all of our nurses and has been available to consult with us as needed.