2019 Event Calendar

January

February

MarchRaise the Region– March 13-14, 2019 Online fundraiser
Dining in the Dark– March 30, 2019 at Le Jeune Chef at Pennsylvania College of Technology

AprilAnnual Celebration- April 25, 2019 at North Central Sight Service, Inc.
NIB/NAEPB National Symposium- April 29-May 2nd Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA

MayEmployee Appreciation Picnic– May 23, 2019 at Highland Lake Manor
Golf for Sight Golf Tournament– May 31, 2019 at Wynding Brook Golf Club

JuneSafety Luncheoncelebrating 5 years accident free! June 17, 2019 at North Central Sight Services, Inc.
UniqueSource Embrace Abilities Dinner– June 17, 2019 at Harrisburg Hershey Conference Center

JulyIndependence Day Holiday– Agency Closed- July 4th-5th, 2019

August

September

October35th Annual Lions Appreciation Night– October 7, 2019 at Genetti Hotel
National White Cane Safety Day– October 15, 2019
PAB Fall Conference– October 22nd-24th, 2019- place TBD

NovemberThanksgiving Holiday– Agency Closed- November 28th-29th, 2019

DecemberPlankenhorn Foundation Christmas Party– December 4, 2019 at Genetti Hotel
Christmas Holiday– Agency Closed- December 23rd- January 1st

**If you have any questions about any of the events listed, please call 570-323-9401 or email ncss@ncsight.org**

Annual Report- 2018

As I look back at 2018, I am extremely proud of our successes. Financially, we turned a significant 2017 operations deficit into a respectable positive net income for the year. To accomplish this, it has taken several years of making calculated decisions that would not impact our Mission and still reduce our losses. Congratulations to all of our Associates for a job well done.

Our Industry Program was very healthy during the year. We added fifteen new products to the Federal Procurement List along with growing our document destruction business. New products and revenue translate to more employment hours. Congratulations to the Shredding Team for reaching the one-million pounds of shredded documents goal. Believe me, that is a lot of paper.

On the services side, we continued to work with our clients who are visually impaired to do everything possible to keep them living independently in their own homes. We grew our technology offerings for devices like Iris Vision and eSight, distributed refurbished iPhones, provided necessary training and introduced new technologies throughout the year.

As always, our Prevention Program continued to screen children and adults for symptoms that may indicate vision problems. That program, along with our Functional Vision Clinic and Remedial Eye Care program remained very active serving children and adults. I would encourage you to read our entire report to learn in more detail the other 2018 highlights.

For me, 2018 was the year I announced my retirement effective June 30, 2019. Our Board of Directors moved forward with a National search. In mid-February, we announced that Brian Patchett from Easter Seals of Nevada has accepted the President’s position and will officially take leadership of North Central Services, Inc. on July 1, 2019.

In closing, I am honored and humbled to have served North Central Sight Services, Inc. for my entire career. Overall, it has been an amazing ride. I know that upon my departure, our Agency has a very solid financial and program foundation. I couldn’t have done it without the outstanding support from our Board of Directors, all of our NCSS Associates and our community. I have indeed been blessed.

Now, as I move on to my next stage in life, I feel very positive about our direction and am confident that our current staff and Associates with Brian’s direction will continue to keep our Mission first and foremost in everything we do. Once again, thank you for giving me the opportunity that began on September 12, 1974 to be a part of this fine organization.

Robert B. Garrett
President and Chief Executive Officer

To receive a digital copy of the annual report please email your request to: ncss@ncsight.org

Annual Report- 2017

In many ways, 2017 was, to reference Charles Dickens classic “A Tale of Two Cities.” At the beginning of the year, we had sixty associates, a significant loss of Government revenue and sky rocketing health insurance costs. At the end of 2017, we had forty-nine associates, a fixed cost health insurance plan and significant cost savings implemented to be sure we could meet our mission. Between these two points, we experienced some very difficult times. In our sixty year history, we had never experienced quite as many challenging events. The good news is by the end of the year, we had made significant progress to right our fiscal ship.

I would like to thank our Board of Directors for their support and counsel during this very challenging time. Our staff who stayed focused on our mission. To our donors and groups who helped us by providing North Central Sight Services, Inc. with generous grants and United Way allocations we would not have been able to stay the course without your help.

Looking forward to 2018, we are very optimistic that the changes we have made and the service and business initiatives we have put in place will bear fruit.

Once again I want to acknowledge our board and associates or your unwavering commitment to our mission. I know that we have better times ahead of us.

Robert B. Garrett- President and Chief Executive Officer

To receive a digital copy of the annual report please email your request to: ncss@ncsight.org

Dining in the Dark 2019 “A Feast for Four Senses”

This unique dining experience allows participants to dine while blindfolded. Students at Le Jeune Chef work closely with the North Central Sight Services team to create an evening unlike any other. All guests are guided to their seats and served dinner completely blindfolded. This allows participants to understand in a very small way and for a short period of time what daily life can be like for someone who is blind or visually impaired.

Dining in the Dark brings the community together to support the mission of North Central Sight Services. All proceeds are returned to the community through rehabilitation services, prevention of blindness services, and employment for the blind and visually impaired. North Central Sight Services serves six counties and employs more than 30 blind and visually impaired associates.

This years event is sponsored by Jersey Shore State Bank and Marshall, Parker & Weber.

“Marshall, Parker & Weber is a proud sponsor of North Central Sight Services’ Dining in the Dark 2019 because NCSS provides excellent education, support and rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired as well as employs 30 blind and visually impaired associates,” said Managing Principal Tammy A. Weber.  “The Dining in the Dark experience was very humbling to me and provided a small insight into the world of a visually impaired individual.”

Proceeds from this event benefit North Central Sight Services, Inc.

Click the link for the invitation and more details.

Seating for this event is limited! Reserve your seat/table today! Contact Sarah Gilmore at 570-323-9401 ext. 121 or events@ncsight.org

SKILCRAFT and the AbilityOne Program

Thank you for your support of our SKILCRAFT products. Every purchase creates jobs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Do you want to make a larger impact? Make an online donation and help us prevent blindness and provide services to individuals with vision loss. 

The AbilityOne Program, (formerly JWOD) provides employment opportunities for more than 47,000 Americans who are blind or have other severe disabilities. In 1938, the Wagner-O’Day Act was passed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1971, Congress amended this Act to include people with severe disabilities and to allow the Program to provide services to the Federal Government: The Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act.

The AbilityOne Program is an extraordinary socioeconomic program that provides Federal customers with a wide array of quality SKILCRAFT® products and services, while providing thousands of people with severe disabilities real jobs and increased independence. The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled operates as the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. For more information, visit AbilityOne.gov.


How to Order SKILCRAFT Products

Base Supply Centers
Base Supply Centers are located on military installations in the United States and abroad. The Base Supply Centers are retail stores that are managed by associated non-profit agencies in the AbilityOne Program.

Authorized AbilityOne Distributors
Authorized AbilityOne Distributors are approved by the Committee for Purchase. This channel is a network of wholesalers, office product dealers such as OfficeMax, Office Depot and Staples, and independent small businesses. The list is maintained by the Committee for Purchase. You will be redirected to another website. SKILCRAFT® products are also available through the following:

State of Pennsylvania Personnel
Several product lines supplied by our agency are supported by a state contract through UniqueSource Products and Services, formerly Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind. Access the UniqueSource catalog.

North Central Sight Services Inc. Turns 60!

North Central Sight Services Inc., has officially launched its Diamond Anniversary year, announcing an exciting year that celebrates the values of the agency – employment, prevention, and independence. North Central Sight Services was established in 1957 as the Lycoming County Association for the Blind, which manufactured rubber door mats from recycled automobile tires, and performed subcontract work for local businesses. The agency has since evolved into a pillar of service in the local community, dedicating its efforts to the blind and visually impaired in six counties within North-Central Pennsylvania.

“Over the course of our rich 60-year history, North Central Sight Services has remained true to its mission – Provide exceptional programs, services and employment to the blind and visually impaired, as well as excellent education, prevention services and products to all customers,” says Robert Garrett, President and CEO of North Central Sight Services. “It is with great excitement that our team enters this Diamond year of celebration and reaffirms our solid commitment to the communities we serve.”

To kick-off the celebrations, a vignette series will be launched on social media using #NCSS60. These short-form retrospective videos will highlight how North Central Sight Services has impacted the community over the past sixty years. Ultimately these videos will be featured on the new ncsight.org, launching in August 2017. This new website will provide more resources for the community and be accessible to all viewers.

Annual events slated for 2017 will include some unique features to celebrate this Diamond Anniversary. Mark your calendars for the following signature events.

Dining in the Dark – This annual event will be held on March 18, 2017 at Le Jeune Chef on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Students at Le Jeune Chef work closely with the North Central Sight Services team to create an evening unlike any other. All guests are guided to their seats and served dinner completely blindfolded. This allows participants to understand in a very small way, and for a short period of time, what daily life can be like for someone who is blind or visually impaired.

Annual Celebration – North Central Sight Services is privileged to have such wonderful community supporters. Each year in April, NCSS honors those dedicated supporters and friends at a celebration and awards ceremony. This year a timeline display illustrating the evolution of NCSS will be featured for community members to enjoy.

Lions Journey for Sight 5K Walk – Join the NCSS team on May 7, 2017 to enjoy a day of friends and fun. Proceeds are returned to the community through rehabilitation services, prevention of blindness services, and employment for the blind and visually impaired.

Golf for Sight Tournament – This fundraiser brings local businesses together for an afternoon of fun and philanthropy. Teams engage in some friendly competition while supporting the mission and vision of North Central Sight Services. This year’s event will be played on Friday, June 2nd at the Wynding Brook Golf Club in Milton.

Garrett goes on to say, “It has been a wonderful and exciting opportunity for me to have been involved with NCSS since 1974. Over that time, I have experienced incredible change, growth and a culture dedicated to serve people who are blind.”

Updates and more detailed information on all of these activities can be found on ncsight.org. Also, follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates throughout the year.

Setting Our Sights on eSight

North Central Sight Services, Inc. is proud to announce a $25,000 eSight grant program to benefit the visually impaired within Lycoming County. This grant program will award up to $5,000 per qualifying individual to be used towards the purchase of a pair of eSight glasses. Due to the generosity of the Harry Plankenhorn Foundation, North Central Sight Services is able to make these eSight grants available to the community.

Robert Garrett, President and CEO of North Central Sight Services states, “This is amazing new technology that can provide improved vision for people who are legally blind, thus improving their daily lives significantly.” In 2016, six eSight units were introduced to the NCSS workplace, and the employees cannot stop raving about them. It was this positive feedback that inspired the North Central Sight Services team to take eSight beyond its own four walls and help others within the community.

eSight recently launched eSight 3, which retails for $10,000. North Central Sight Services realizes that this technology cannot be afforded by everyone, which is why this grant program is so vital. The team at North Central Sight Services, along with eSight, will also help individuals find additional funding sources to ensure that this life-changing technology is made a reality for as many residents of Lycoming County as possible.

“Bringing exceptional products and services to the community is one of the core elements of our mission,” says Jamie Snyder, Vice President of Operations at North Central Sight Services. “We are proud to bring new and innovative technology to this part of Pennsylvania.”

For complete details about the eSight grant program contact Tracy Haas-Ungard at 570-323-9401 ext. 124 or tracyh@ncsight.org. To follow our eSight journey visit ncsight.org and facebook.com/ncsight.

Make your contribution online today!

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Annual Report – 2016

As we take a look at 2016, it is really a tale of two realities. We were delighted to receive the largest NIB Employment and Growth allocation in the history of the award. This means we certainly met our mission to create employment for our Associates who are blind. We also saw consistent growth in our services in our six county area. These are both good indicators that we are consistently meeting our mission.

On the other side of the ledger, we experienced one of the most challenging financial years in the fifty-nine years that we have been in business. With escalating material expenses and health insurance, it has certainly been a challenge.

The good news is that our Board of Directors remain very supportive and committed to our community mission to provide exceptional programs, services, and employment to the blind and visually impaired, as well as excellent education, prevention services, and products to all customers. 

2017 will definitely not be easy, but I am confident that with hard work and dedicated Associates, we will recover and continue to provide services and employment that truly makes a difference in the lives of people who are blind.

Robert B. Garrett

President and Chief Executive Officer

To receive a digital copy of the annual report please email your request to: ncss@ncsight.org

Annual Report – 2015

As we close the book on 2015, several things come to mind that can summarize the year. It was very exciting to experience this years Lions of 14G Journey for Sight Walk, our third annual Dining in the Dark, and our Golf for Sight tournament. All three events brought much needed funds to our organization and involved many associates. It was a lot of fun to participate in all three events and observe the teamwork that helped make these events a huge success.

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Annual Report – 2014

The year 2014 marks my 40th year with North Central Sight Services, Inc. (formerly the Lycoming County Association for the Blind). Over the four decades, I have seen tremendous growth, expansion, change and a myriad of people come and go. Through it all, we have stayed true to our commitment to create meaningful jobs for people who are blind, provide outstanding adjustment and rehab services for people losing their vision and screening for symptoms that may indicate potential visual problems. I have been so fortunate to have been and continue to be a part of this great organization.

In 2014, we continued to experience growth in our commercial business, streamline and realign our services to meet the changing needs of our community and make personnel changes to improve our team. We definitely had success in all three areas! As we begin 2015, we will continue to stay the course set forth in our Strategic Plan. In fact, this is year three. Later this year, we will begin the process of crafting a new plan to guide us in the years ahead.

I want to take this time to extend my thanks to our Board of Directors for their counsel and guidance and to our Associates for their tireless commitment to our mission. With a lot of hard work, we will continue to make a difference in our community, make lives better for people who are blind and prevent vision loss through our screening and educational efforts.

Sincerely,

Robert B. Garrett, President/C.E.O

To receive a digital copy of the annual report please email your request to: ncss@ncsight.org

 

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