Future Reflections  Fall 2006

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


NFB Independence Market

From Ellen Ringlein, manager, Independence Market, comes the following announcement:

Ellen Ringlein This summer and fall will bring some significant changes to what was formerly known as the NFB Materials Center. First, there is the name change. We are now called the Independence Market because we provide literature as well as aids and appliances that enhance the independence of blind individuals. We also have a new manager, me—Ellen Ringlein; I joined the staff in July. The phone number is still the same: (410) 659-9314, extension 2216; and your call will most likely be answered by a staff member whose name you will recognize: Justin Shroyer, Philip Taylor, or Kandice Rose. We also have a new email address which is [email protected]

The physical store location of the Independence Market is changing as well. We will soon have completed our move into our new space in the Jacobus tenBroek Library in the Jernigan Institute. In this new area we will display our free literature, which will rotate periodically. We will also have a beautiful store area in which visitors can browse and shop for the aids and appliances we have for sale.

The final change will happen behind the scenes. We are in the process of getting a new inventory management system, which will streamline how we process your orders. We hope that all these changes will improve the service you will receive from the NFB’s new Independence Market.

An Overview of Planned Giving

Making a charitable gift is one of the most satisfying experiences in life. Each year millions of people contribute their time, talent, and treasure to charitable organizations. When you plan for a gift to the National Federation of the Blind, you are not just making a donation; you are leaving a legacy that insures a future for blind people throughout the country. Here are some of the special giving programs available through the National Federation of the Blind.

The National Federation of the Blind is a service agency specializing in providing the help to blind people that is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems. The services of the NFB are specially designed to meet the needs of all blind people. By maintaining a widespread campaign of public education, advocating for the rights of blind children and their families, administering scholarship and mentoring programs for blind youth, providing financial and other specialized assistance, conducting seminars on blindness, evaluating and developing accessible technology, and providing information and services to senior citizens so that they can adjust to vision loss and live more accessible and independent lives, the NFB is changing what it means to be blind.

We will be happy to provide you with further information about the National Federation of the Blind or any of these giving opportunities. Please call or write us at: National Federation of the Blind, Department of Outreach Programs, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; (410) 659-9314, ext. 2406; [email protected]

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