Blind Center of Nevada
- Blind Center of Nevada is a nonprofit organization that changes lives. By hosting social outings and events, the Blind Center of Nevada helps create a sense of community among people who all too often suffer from the isolation wrought by their visual impairments. Likewise, it helps foster personal development through a diverse set of classes ranging from Braille instruction and adaptive computer labs to bowling, nutrition and yoga. But perhaps most importantly, the Blind Center of Nevada helps provide meaningful employment to the visually impaired, not only by teaching them valuable skill sets, but also by empowering them to be creative in the workforce and recognize their unique individual worth.
Waking up to the possibilities
- Traditionally, blind and visually impaired people have been limited to simple assembly jobs, allowing for very little personal input or creative expression. However, as most people are not born with visual impairments but rather gradually lose their sight, many come to the Blind Center of Nevada with some computer skills. Recognizing this deep pool of talent just waiting to be rediscovered, Vice President of Operations Bob Waldorf has made it his mission to develop employment opportunities that better serve the strengths of the visually impaired. And working with eBay Giving Works has become an integral part of his strategy.
You don’t need sight to have a vision
- Waldorf has worked with employees at the Blind Center of Nevada to build an electronic recycling business, collecting e-waste (such as old computers, monitors, etc.) for sorting, consolidation and ultimate sale through eBay Giving Works. From handling the technical aspects of dealing with e-waste to keying in eBay sales listings to manning customer service centers, all positions are held by people with varying degrees of visual impairment. The recycling business has raised over $1.2 million through Direct Selling and all funds are put back into the Center, allowing for additional adaptive computer training, more salaried positions and a wider array of services, such as workshops so other Blind Centers can follow their lead.