Feast for the Eyes

Feast for the Eyes, formerly Dining in the Dark will be held March 21, 2020 at the Williamsport Country Club. This annual dining fundraiser is designed to educate attendees about vision loss.

Traditionally, attendees were blindfolded throughout the course of their meal to get a better understanding of what it is like to be blind. This year, attendees will get to experience a variety of different conditions. Various simulators will be placed on each table for attendees to “see” and learn about the different forms of vision loss in hopes to educate and bring awareness to these debilitating conditions. 

Tickets are $100 per person or $750 for a table of 8. 
Sponsorship opportunities are available and seating is limited!

Reserve your spot today! Contact Amy Alexander to learn more! 570-323-9401 ext. 140 or amya@ncsight.org 

Golf for Sight 2020!

North Central Sight Services annual Golf for Sight Tournament will take place on May 29, 2020 at Wynding Brook Golf Club in Milton. This years event we focus on “Placing 20 in 20.” Our goal is to place 20 individuals who are blind or visually impaired into part-time and full-time employment. 70% of all blind and visually impaired people are unemployed. North Central Sight Services is changing this statistic! It costs on average $2,000 to locate, evaluate, and train an individual. Through your support, NCSS can reach and exceed this goal! 

NCSS has raised over $100,000 in the past few years from this event that was used towards our Assistive Technology Program. Technology is crucial for someone with little to no vision. There are so many tools available that can positively impact someone who can’t see. We are here to assist those so they are able to live a more independent, fulfilling life. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available but don’t delay this tournament fills up fast! Come be a part of the golf event that every talks about!

Contact Cory Lehman for more information and to reserve your spot! 570-323-9401 ext. 138 or coryl@ncsight.org



#Giving Tuesday

Mark you calendar for #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2019!

This year, we are again working with the AllOne Charities Foundation as a participant of its Giving Tuesday Match Program.

Visit https://allonefoundations.org/all-one-give-day/ to learn more and make a donation during #GivingTuesday to North Central Sight Services!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.


West Branch Human Resource Society Networks Professionals

Williamsport Sungazette
Derek Danneker

Though a business’ culture is certainly important, a common failing of a human resource worker in the areas of hiring, firing, and maintaining a company’s workforce is becoming insular and outdated.

West Branch Human Resource Society works to correct this by connecting HR professionals in our area to others, thereby bringing about the best practices possible through networking and seminars, said Diana Durrwachter, the society’s secretary on the board.

The society works to connect HR representatives and businesses to tools and resources to help companies stay relevant, she said.

“If you don’t stay connected to those things, you won’t know what’s available, and what’s being done,” she said. “We help keep your business on the cutting edge, because you always want to be one step ahead of your competitors.”

WBHR not only making use of ideas circulating in the area, but brings new knowledge to the area through monthly lectures on a variety of topics.

For example, with medical marijuana becoming legal in the state some employers are unsure how to proceed with potential employees who chose to use the substance. West Branch Human Resource Society will prove useful in dispensing that information as it becomes available in case law, said Durrwachter.

“We have motivational speakers, leadership conferences, and sometimes we have attorneys that’ll come in to teach seminars on everything from engagement to retention of talent management,” she said.

By looking at leaders like Amazon or Google, Durrwachter said the society observes how they’re breaking ground in their hiring practices and cultural initiatives.

“Their tips and tricks of the trade and new strategies that can be used to find your best and brightest candidates, and learning how to seek them out,” she said.

There is even a place for small businesses or non-profit organizations that don’t have any one person who handles human resource work.

“It’s for any business that is involved with hiring, firing, retention, or any sort of employee culture,” she said.

Employers have also faced the common struggle of holding on to the younger generations who have just entered the workforce, as they often leave in about three years.

“You can find great people all day, but if you can’t them on keep on, it doesn’t work,” said Durrwachter. “You want to be able to tap into that talent and, really usurp all of their great knowledge before they move on to their next greatest move.”

The end goal is to make business good places to work.

“If you have happy employees, everything naturally flows from that,” she said.

Brandy Moon, president of WBHRS, Human Resource Generalist for North Central Sight Services, Inc., a non-profit organization, said she has enjoyed her time with the society.

“My involvement with WBHRS and SHRM has enabled me to further develop both personally and professionally in a leadership role while increasing my education to better serve my workplace and community,” she said.

Soon the local human resource society will move into a new direction as Kaitlin Gordner moves into the presidency. She currently works as a human resource manager for the Shop Vac Corporation.

WBHRS is a direct affiliate to the national Society for Human Resource Management and share their membership base and information, as well as the state SHRM and other local chapters. Meeting fees include programming and refreshments. Programming cost per program is $17 for members and $30 for non-members.

Those interested may contact Gordner or Moon at info@westbranchhr.org.


Please contact our HR Generalist, Brandy Moon if you would like to know more about what WBHRS has to offer. brandym@ncsight.org 

NCSS Welcomes New Director of Development

I would like to introduce myself as the new Director of Development for North Central Sight Services. My name is Amy Alexander and I am a life long resident of Lycoming County.  I am a graduate of South Williamsport High School and The Pennsylvania State University.

As you may know, North Central Sight Services has long been known for providing excellent services and support for people with visual disabilities in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Tioga, Bradford, and Sullivan counties.

To make sure current client needs are being met and to reach new clients, I have been hired to head the Development team.  Along with our new CEO, Brian Patchett, I am committed to helping our organization enhance the depth and breadth of our services to a greater population.

In addition to childhood screenings, independence training, and transportation we are excited for our new Assistive Technology Center project.  With Assistive Technology we will be able to create employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired adding to their sense of independence and autonomy.  Given that 70% of people who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed in our area, this is an exciting chance to help a great number of people.

Our mission is to provide exceptional programs, services and employment to people who are blind and visually impaired as well as excellent education, prevention services and products to all customers.  I am passionate about this mission and the population we serve. 

Thank you for taking the time to allow me to tell you a bit about my new endeavor with North Central Sight Services.  I look forward to working with you and others to make a positive impact on the lives of visually impaired people in our community.



Amy Alexander, Development Director                                                                                                                              

NCSS Welcomes New President/CEO

North Central Sight Services, Inc. welcomes new President/ C.E.O

Williamsport PA July 9, 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, Brian Patchett has officially taken over as the new President/ C.E.O of North Central Sight Services, Inc. Patchett brings over 25 years of executive experience and leadership to the organization. Most recently, he was the CEO of Easter Seals, Nevada for 15 years.   

Patchett is focused on bringing growth to the agency and expanding the services NCSS provides beyond the six counties currently being served.

One of Patchett’s greatest passions is helping those who are blind or visually impaired receive the support and services they deserve by working with local, state and national elected officials and advocating for their rights. His main goal is to help those with disabilities achieve a more independent future.

“70% of working-age Americans who are blind are not employed. This statistic is heart wrenching. It is not that they don’t want to work, but a lot of times they aren’t even considered for a position because of their disability. We plan to change this statistic,” said Patchett.

Dan Velte, NCSS Board Chair said, “There is no better person to lead North Central Sight Services than Brian Patchett. Brian is a proven leader with excellent leadership skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. We are fortunate to have someone of Brian’s caliber and experience as we look to continue to meet the mission of the organization.”

Contact Information:

Brian Patchett, President/C.E.O.
(570) 323-9401 Ext. 126

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