AACF & Families Vision Initiative

Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families Vision Initiative will continue with 20K from Albemarle Area United Way

Elizabeth City, NC  April  1, 2020

Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families Inc. (AACF) located in the Edgewood Center in Elizabeth City, received a $20k grant from Albemarle Area United Way, Inc.

AACF recently completed over 300 vision screenings for children in Bertie County. 78 of those children were referred to Edwards Eye Care in Ahoskie for complete eye exams.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “In the United States, the most prevalent disabling childhood conditions are vision disorders… Early detection increases the likelihood of effective treatment; however less than 15% of all preschool children receive an eye exam, and less than 22% of preschool children receive some type of vision screening.”

 

Jenna Caldwell, Community Engagement and Development Coordinator for AACF stated, “We are changing these statistics in Bertie County. It has been incredible to be a part of this initiative. This funding will allow us to continue and to expand this great work in Bertie County.”

The grant is designated specifically for Bertie County.

“We are thrilled to invest in the good work to improve the quality of lives…” states Bill Blake, Executive Director for AAUW in an email to Albemarle Alliance.

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Jenna Caldwell, Community Engagement and Development Coordinator for AACF
poses with one of the families that was helped by the Families Vision Initiative

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