Employment. Independence. Prevention.

Our Mission: Create sustainable, person-centered programs and employment that enhance independence for individuals with unique visual capabilities. We foster positive change, awareness, and advocacy while removing barriers.

Our Vision: Be the resource for people with visual challenges through prevention, rehabilitation and meaningful employment to increase individual empowerment and equality.

For over sixty years, North Central Sight Services, Inc. has assisted individuals who are blind or visually impaired to maximize their quality of life.  We have helped prevent vision loss through our education programs and screenings for children and adults. To accomplish our mission, we offer Adjustment Services for people losing their vision, Support Services, Employment opportunities for people who are blind, and a Prevention of Blindness Program.

North Central Sight Services, Inc. incorporates a business model to use excess revenue to help fund the mission. Through the AbilityOne Program, we manufacture, package and distribute SKILCRAFT® products to the State of Pennsylvania and Federal government. We also provide Business Services such as Document Management and Sip for Sight Bottleless Water Coolers to the surrounding communities that create jobs for our Associates who are blind or visually impaired.

North Central Sight Services, Inc. is ISO 9001:2015 Certified. ISO certification is a detailed and methodical quality system that looks at the value of processes at all levels. Only 20 percent of companies in the United States have reached this level of certification.


That was then. This is now.

Employment

1957: The Lycoming County Association for the Blind manufactured rubber door mats from recycled automobile tires, caned chairs and performed subcontract work for local businesses.

2020: Employment opportunities now include packaging, order processing and shipping to sorting plastics for recycling and Document Management.

Independence

1971: Talking book machines were provided to Lycoming County residents who were blind. Transportation services were also provided with assistance from local Lions Clubs.

2020: North Central Sight Services, Inc. provides Rehabilitation Services in the Abe Snyder Memorial Resource Center and a Low Vision Aids Store: Tools for Everyday.

Prevention

1982: The Prevention of Blindness Department was established. Approximately 500 children and adults were screened on a yearly basis.

2020: North Central Sight Services, Inc. will screens more than 5,000 children and adults for potential eye diseases. A Functional Vision Clinic is also provided for children who need further examination.


Board of Directors

2020

Board Chair
Jessica Harlow
Williamsport PA

Board Vice Chair
Stephanie Oakes
Jersey Shore PA

Board Treasurer
Aron Carter
Elysburg PA

Board Secretary
Vince Matteo
Williamsport PA

Immediate Past Board Chair
Daniel Velte
Williamsport PA

President/C.E.O.
Brian Patchett
Williamsport PA

Directors

Mike Bridgham
Troy PA

Mike Fingerhut
Monmouth Junction NJ

Timothy Hughes
Williamsport PA

Kerry Drake
Montoursville PA

William Daniels III
Montoursville PA

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