FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
Nikki Frenney
MV Transportation, Inc.
VP, Communications
(707) 863-8739

National Federation of the Blind Partners with MV Transportation to Increase Opportunity for the Blind

Funds to be Raised for National Federation of the Blind Imagination Fund

Baltimore, Maryland (February 7, 2008): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of the blind, is partnering with MV Transportation, Inc., the largest privately held and domestically owned transportation management company in the United States. Since MV's founding, the company has grown significantly - not through major acquisitions or mergers - but through hard work that makes a difference. 

MV Transportation will form several teams across the nation to help raise funds for the March for Independence: A Walk for Opportunity.  The 5K “Walk for Opportunity,” which will be held in Dallas on July 2, to kick off the annual national convention of the National Federation of the Blind, will support the NFB Imagination Fund.  The Imagination Fund finances the research and training programs of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and also supports the NFB’s affiliates in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to work with MV Transportation to increase opportunities for blind Americans of all ages.  The funds raised through this 5K walk will support the creation and enhancement of innovative programs for blind youth, new technologies to increase the independence and productivity of blind workers, and programs to help senior citizens who are losing vision, as well as the development of similar efforts in communities across the nation through the work of the state affiliates and local chapters of the National Federation of the Blind.  We hope that many other organizations will follow the outstanding leadership example set by MV Transportation and help us reach our goal of $1 million by July 2, 2008.”

“We are equally excited about this incredible opportunity to work with a great organization and advocate for persons who are visually impaired,” said Jon Monson, MV’s chief executive officer.  “MV’s corporate promise is to ensure that we remain committed to supporting the NFB and organizations like it who are equally committed to empowering people with disabilities and educating others.”
 
Dwight D. Sayer, community relations manager for MV Transportation and a member of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “MV Transportation understands the importance of empowering the blind in order to help them achieve full integration into American society.  That is why we are partnering with the NFB.  MV strongly believes that when we provide transportation services, we provide the freedom of independence to those who desire it most.”

If you would like to support a team participating in the March for Independence: A Walk for Opportunity or to form your own team, please visit www.marchforindependence.org.  You may also contact Kristi Bowman at the National Federation of the Blind by calling (410) 659-9314, extension 2406, or by e-mail at kbowman@nfb.org.