Member donations help local Lions Club with vision screening
The Blythewood Lions Club is now able to provide vision screenings throughout the community thanks to Fairfield Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program. The programs volunteer Trust Board recently approved funds for the local club to purchase a PediaVision Spot vision screener.
The device is able to identify problems such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, blurred vision, eye structure problems, and pupil size deviations. Because of the camera’s small size and ease of use, screenings can be held at local daycares, schools, churches, or community events. This camera will allow the Lions Club to provide screening services that will detect vision problems in children as young as 18 months. The club recently conducted a vision screening at Carolina School for Inquiry where 136 children were screened between the ages of 4 and 10. Of those screened, 19 children were found to need eye care services.
This is just one example of member donations making a difference. More than 15,000 Fairfield Electric members participate in the Operation Round up program. They allow their electric bill to be rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. The extra pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters then flow into a fund managed by a volunteer Trust Board. The board reviews applications from local organizations and individuals who’ve been a victim of a house fire or fallen on hard times. The average annual contribution is $6.
During 2014, more than $82,000 was donated to individuals and local organizations like the Blythewood Lions Club, Elgin Benevolence Fund, Red Cross, Christian Assistance Bridge, Great Falls Referral Assistance Program, and many others. Since the program was launched in 1993, the program has given community groups and those in need more than $1.9 million.
More than 250 local electric co-ops nationwide currently run Operation Round Up programs. All told, consumers at these co-ops have raised more than $100 million since the idea was started by South Carolina’s Palmetto Electric Cooperative in 1989.
Carolina School for Inquiry school nurse Jennifer Hurt assist Blythewood Lions Club
President Melody Hair as Lions District Governor Rick Pressly watches. Lion Bob Cox
and his son Joey are preparing to have Joey’s eyes tested. Blythewood Lions Club recently
held a vision screening at the school using the new SPOT camera, where 136 children were
screened between the ages of 4 and 10. Of those screened, 19 children were found to need
extra eye care services. ( PHOTO Credit: Mary Moseley)