Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan WashingtonPrevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States. POB is dedicated to improving and preserving sight through services, education, advocacy a... Read more
Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States. POB is dedicated to improving and preserving sight through services, education, advocacy and innovation.
Each year, POB screens more than 8,000 children for vision loss and strabismus and 5,000 adults for glaucoma. These screening services cover a wide range of needs, sometimes resulting in early detection and treatment that could prevent or slow vision loss. Many children and adults that POB assists do not receive annual physicals and eye exams, which means we provide their only vision assistance.
POB's Eyeglasses for the Needy program provides eyeglasses to thousands of low-income and homeless persons at a nominal fee, and the Low Vision Learning Center provides low vision examinations and low vision rehabilitation. In October 2010, POB opened its Low Vision Learning Center in Alexandria, VA.
POB also sponsors the Aging Eye Network, the Macular Degeneration Network and Stargardt's Network that provide public programs and support groups for those living with low vision.
POB also operates an eyeglasses clinic for its Eyeglasses for the Needy program in northeast D.C.
POB operates two Look Again resale shops in Alexandria, VA, and Kensington, MD, whose proceeds benefit sight-saving programs.