ACAF Makes Grant to Association for the Blind

At right, Lori Dzielski, a member of the Allegany County Area Foundation’s board of directors and branch manager of the Community Bank on Bolivar Road, presents a check for $500 to Kitty Kirsch, director of the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Handicapped Thursday afternoon at the association’s offices in Wellsville. The foundation gave the grant in support of the association’s efforts to make computers in the county’s libraries accessible for the visually impaired.

Money will help provide access to computers in county libraries

 

WELLSVILLE, N.Y., August 4, 2011—The Allegany County Area Foundation presented a $500 grant to the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Handicapped Thursday afternoon at the association’s offices in Wellsville. Lori Dzielski, a member of the foundation’s board and branch manager of the Community Bank on Bolivar Road, made the presentation to Kitty Kirsch, director of the association.

The grant is in support of the association’s efforts to make computers in the county’s libraries accessible for the visually impaired through the installation of a software program called Magic II. In 2010 the association helped install the program in the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville.

“We now know that the program has been readily accepted and used,” Ms. Kirsch said, “We are looking to expand Magic and make it available through all county libraries.”

“In considering the association’s application, the grant committee was pleased to know that the program had been through a successful trial period,” said Doug Roorbach, executive director of the foundation, “They also were happy to support such a county-wide effort.”

According to Ms. Kirsch, the Howe Library bought two copies of the program, one of which it installed on a computer in the library. The association has taken the other to various libraries and demonstrated its capabilities for users around the county. The total cost of buying software licenses for 15 libraries in the county will be around $4,500 Ms. Kirsch said.

Mr. Roorbach said that the funds for the grant came from an unrestricted fund established by Helen Shear in memory of A. Norbert Shear. “It is wonderful to see that people in Allegany County have wanted to help their friends and neighbors by setting up a memorial fund like this one,” he said, “Each year the foundation is able to help people through the generosity of these individuals.”

The Allegany County Area Foundation makes grants and gives scholarships to groups and individuals in the county in support of educational, social, cultural and civic projects.