Dining in the Dark 2022

Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark is back, in-person! Experience food, drink and conversation in a new way: in this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in darkness. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you wearing night vision goggles. The annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser event for New Vision for Independence will showcase that blindness does not have to be a barrier to independence.

When: March 3, 2022, 6 p.m.

Where: Venetian Center, Leesburg

Cost: $750 for a private table of 8

Large print calendars now available

Cover of 2022 Large Print Calendar

New Vision’s 2022 large print calendars are now available! These 14-month calendars are 17″x11″ when closed, bound at the top. When open, the calendar is approx. 17″x17″.

It features the lovely Helen Keller quote, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.” The boxes are large for easy large print writing.

The back cover features an Amsler grid for daily check-ups on your vision.

Buy your calendar now

January 2022 Calendar

Help New Vision Win up to $15,000

Make your year-end gift to New Vision worth even more!

The Mount Dora Community Trust invited us to participate in their Giving Week grant contest again this year. The contest is based on how much is raised between November 30 and December 7 and New Vision is in the running for a matching grant up to $15,000.

Your gift can go even further, changing lives for our neighbors with vision loss!
Thank you for your generosity!

With love,
Chantel Buck, CEO
New Vision for Independence

How It Works

Make a donation in honor of New Vision between 11/30 and 12/7.

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Annual Luncheon 2021

Annual Luncheon logo

Join us for a fun end-of-the-year celebration including our annual Axy Awards presentation to the most blind-friendly businesses in Lake and Sumter Counties. Help us celebrate these companies whose extraordinary customer service helps remove barriers to independence for people with vision loss in our community.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 11:30-1

Where: Venetian Center, 1 Drozier Plaza, Leesburg

Cost: $20 per person or $200 for a reserved, sponsored table of 8

Food: Yummy boxed lunch from Gourmet Today: turkey breast & aged cheddar cheese sandwich OR a veggie wrap, served with potato salad, chips, cookie, and a drink.

Registration is now closed – tickets will not be sold at the door!

Crazy Bingo Fundraiser

When: 3rd Wednesday monthly at noon (12-1 p.m.)

Where: via Conference Call (our system will call the number provided at registration)

Cost: $20 Donation to Play

Must use bingo cards specifically from this event, which will be mailed upon receipt of registration. No other bingo cards are eligible to win. Must register one week in advance to get a paper card; otherwise a digital card will be sent.

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Happy Birthday, New Vision!

New Vision for Independence incorporated on July 18, 2005. That means we are celebrating our Sweet 16 this month—16 years of service to Lake and Sumter counties. Happy Birthday, New Vision!

From humble beginnings with volunteers working out of their own laundry rooms to a full-service agency that grows and evolves daily to meet the needs of our community, it has been an honor to serve. Thank you for 16 amazing years!

But we’re keeping our heads turned to the future. The need has never been greater and there is so much more we can do to make our community more blind-friendly. Are you ready for what’s next?

Join in me in making a Sweet 16 gift to New Vision, both in honor of our past and a pledge for the future!

XO, Chantel Buck, President/CEO

Now Serving White Cane Coffee

White Cane Coffee logo

New Vision is your local stop for White Cane Coffee—the delicious, fair trade, organic coffee that is packaged by and supports people with disabilities.

White Cane Coffee was started by 22-year-old Erin who is blind and on the autism spectrum. She and her family started this company in Warren, PA not only to deliver excellent coffee but to provide jobs to people with disabilities at a living wage.

New Vision sells small bags and -cups from our office in Leesburg, but if you want bigger bags of delicious roasts/flavors we don’t have, please use our affiliate link to purchase from White Cane Coffee directly!

Price @ New Vision:

  • 1oz. bags  $2.50 or 5 for $10
  • 16oz. bags $16
  • K-cups *clearance at New Vision* $3/box

Where to Buy:

  • 1 oz. bags and some 16 oz. bags: New Vision’s office (email Lisa to order: info@newvisionfl.org)
  • For larger bags, whole-beans, cold brew, k-cups: online at whitecanecoffee.com/ref/newvision (we are an affiliate)

New Vision Face Masks

two people wear the New Vision masks

Our New Vision face masks are in! These multi-layer cloth face masks are adjustable and as comfortable as they are cute. Buy yours today: $6 for one, or 2 for $10 (plus shipping).They are black with the word “love” in white braille characters atop red print, with New Vision’s logo. They were made by Louisiana Association for the Blind: together we’re creating opportunities for people with low vision or blindness. Order Now