A Message from the President/CEO:
As an organization who supports and advocates for individuals with disabilities, we are no strangers to bias and discrimination. Our clients and associates know what it is to be treated unfairly, and pre-judged based on their disability. We stand in solidarity with all individuals who experience prejudice and inequity and fully support peaceful protests that advocate for change.
We at North Central Sight Services are deeply saddened by the series of disturbing and tragic events that have taken place over the last few weeks related to the violence and injustice toward the Black community. Our hearts go out to the family of George Floyd and all the other families who have lost people as a result of racial violence. We feel this deeply and we know our communities are hurting. The resulting protests have created a turning point for awareness, action and change. Change that we recognize is long overdue.
We stand with many of you in saying enough is enough. The mistreatment of the Black community must end. We know actions speak louder than words and recognize that we haven’t done enough. We are making a commitment to listen, learn, support and advocate.
The events of the past weeks have prompted much reflection about how we can make meaningful and lasting changes at NCSS to ensure the diverse voices of our community are heard and represented. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable. We will continue to foster an inclusive work environment. We will continue to give employees space to participate in meaningful conversations and activism.
We know we don’t have all the answers and we won’t always get it right, but we will learn, and we will progress together. If you see the opportunity for us to do more, please reach out, we’re listening.
Our Staff, Associates, and Board will commit to using our voices to be a positive force for change and look forward to continuing to learn and evolve as an organization.
Brian Patchett, President/CEO
North Central Sight Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. We are proud to provide blindness prevention education, vision screenings, services and employment to individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the communities of Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties. North Central Sight Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as designated by the IRS and is registered with the Bureau of Charities in the state of Pennsylvania.
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