When you donate to GreenDrop, you receive a tax-deductible receipt that allows you to select which of our partner charities your contribution should benefit. Over the next few months, we will be introducing our readers to each of these great organizations so they can personally understand how their donations are helping the charity of their choice.
Today, we are excited to introduce you to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The NFB is the largest and oldest organization of blind people in the United States. In fact, you’ll notice that its title is the National Federation “of” the Blind, not “for” the blind. This denotes that it is made up of blind people advocating on their own behalf, which is exactly what makes it such a unique and empowering organization.
Founded in 1940, the NFB is comprised of 50,000 members, with affiliate chapters in every state as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. To stay true to its mission, the board members of the NFB must be blind to qualify for these elect-only positions.
The NFB’s mission is “to raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.” When you choose to donate to the NFB through GreenDrop, you are helping the NFB with several major initiatives.
For example, the NFB advocates for equality when it comes to literacy and education. It recently reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to make student loan information accessible to blind Americans by providing large-print and Braille alternative forms. Among many initiatives, the NFB also works to ensure that blind children have the same access to the Braille technology and equipment they need.
The NFB also works to achieve equal employment opportunities for the blind. With a quick look around, it’s easy to notice that most of the working world is built for sighted people, even though, given the proper tools, blind workers or those with low vision are able to do the same jobs anyone else does. The NFB advocates for good job training and proper equipment within organizations that allow blind people to participate, live productive lives, and fulfill job requirements. GreenDrop is very proud to support this goal and is currently in the process of updating our call centers so they are also accessible to the blind. We are especially looking forward to welcoming our first blind employee in the coming months at our Baltimore call center.
These are just a few of the many, many activities and programs that the NFB is working on to show the world that blindness is not a limiting characteristic in a person’s life. Later this year, the NFB will be gearing up for its 75th anniversary, and GreenDrop will be joining in the celebration! We invite you to join us by checking the blog as well as our Facebook page for ways you can get involved and for additional posts about the NFB and its mission. Thank you for your support of this very important organization.