You’re not Seeing Double. We Donated $60,000!
2020 Vision Quest Contributes $30,000 each to NH Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind
On consecutive days of a recent early-July weekend, Randy, Tracy and Autumn Pierce proudly delivered, on behalf of 2020 Vision Quest, matching checks for $30,000 each to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) and to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB).
The checks represented, once again, hard-earned growth over 2020’s annual donations of the prior three years. In 2011 each check was for $2,020; in 2012 each was $10,000, and last year each donation was for $20,200. Randy remarks, "In our four years thus far we’ve been able to give an incredible $124,440.00! This simply could never have happened without the generous and enthusiastic support of the 2020 Vision Quest community. People like you, reading this page right now. Our work is not done, though, and we’ll continue to need your support in all the many ways in which you’ve helped us already."
The New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s mission has, for over 100 years, been "to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired." Its goal is to help people with vision loss continue to live safely and independently – at home, at work and in their community. NHAB offers a number of vision rehabilitation services individually tailored to clients’ needs—including vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility training, low-vision services, education services for school aged children and counseling. Volunteers are also available for transportation and home visits.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. It is an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school with a 50-plus year legacy of providing the blind and visually impaired with superior Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services. Its professionals, volunteers and donors are all committed to giving its students—across the U.S. and worldwide--the gift of greater personal freedom, independence and dignity by providing them with the finest bred and trained guide dogs in the world.
Again thanks to you, 2020 Vision Quest itself, through volunteer Randy and his all-volunteer staff, has been able to keep carrying messages of positive empowerment to now over 33,000 New England public school students (see more on our Educational Outreach) and to thousands of adults in dozens of civic organizations and corporations.
Randy has been able to make his powerful and positive impact on so many lives thanks in large part to the life-changing services he’s received from both Guiding Eyes for the Blind and NHAB. His ultimate vision for 2020 Vision Quest is to ensure that no one else going through vision loss should have to lack these kinds of vital, empowering services.
NHAB Photo Caption:
Pictured: (L-R) Tracy Pierce, Randy Pierce, and Michelle Arruda, immediate past chair of NHAB’s Board of Directors. The group holds the $30,000 check presented on 7/9/14.
GEB Photo Caption:
Pictured: (L-R) Guiding Eyes VP Sue Dishart with Healing Autism service dog in training Belinda, CEO Tom Panek with guide dog Gus, Randy and Tracy Pierce with Randy's guide dog, Autumn. The group holds the $30,000 check presented on 7/10/14.