COVID-19

 
Dear Staff and Extended Family,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has an increased impact throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation, our first priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our staff members, volunteers and the individuals we are privileged to serve. As of today, we are not aware that any of our staff members or consumers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We will keep you updated should any new developments arise.  

We are
closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving developments and making sure we abide by the recommended safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the state, and our local county health departments. The CDC’s website specifically addresses FAQ’s, symptoms, prevention, and treatment – information that you may find helpful. 

We are taking the necessary steps and precautions to prevent, contain, and minimize any potential exposure to the virus that our organization could face and to protect the particularly vulnerable population that we serve. To that end, we are ensuring that best sanitizing practices are implemented. We are confident that diligent attention from each one of us to the practice of good hygiene, like washing our hands, ensuring that our common areas are sanitized, “social distancing” and self-monitoring, will help to minimize the impact of Coronavirus and any other flu or colds.

All staff are advised to stay home if they are not feeling well.
  Depending on symptomology, a doctor’s release may be required to return to work.  Anyone with a sick child or family member is encouraged to stay home to minimize exposure.  We will, of course, exercise flexibility in administering PTO for anyone who needs to stay home because they are ill or because they have a sick family member.

Staff are asked to avoid crowded events, although most have been cancelled anyway.  We are especially committed to those elderly blind individuals who count on us for transportation and shopping assistance and we will monitor their circumstances as well as we can.  No one will be left without food or transportation to the doctor to the best of our ability.  Vehicles are supplied with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizers although we must also firmly encourage clients to stay home from any non-necessary appointments if they don’t feel well.

We are discussing additional plans that we will implement if the need arises. Our responses to the situation will remain fluid and we will keep you informed of any changes.

Sincerely,


Brian Patchett, MPA, MS
President/CEO

 

Raise the Region 2020

Mark your calendar for Raise the Region® 2020!

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania hosts this annual giving event that gives community members an opportunity to support our local nonprofits to ultimately help the North Central Pennsylvania region thrive! 

This years event will kick off on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00 PM and run through 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 12th. 

Visit www.raisetheregion.org to learn more and support North Central Sight Services! 

 

Feast for the Eyes

***UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020***

Thank you for your support of North Central Sight Services, Inc. by responding with your confirmation of attendance for Feast for the Eyes.

We share the concerns of our Federal, State and Local leaders regarding COVID-19, therefore, we will not be holding our Feast for the Eyes event on Saturday, March 21, 2020 and will be postponing our event until a date in the fall.

We will be placing the funds for this event in a restricted account to be used on the rescheduled date.

Your reservations will still be valid for the postponed event.

Should you have further questions, please contact:

 

Amy Alexander
Development Director
Mobile (570) 980-3202
Tel: (570) 323-9401 Toll Free (866) 320-2580
AmyA@ncsight.org

 

 

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
ddanneker@sungazette.com

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 

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