YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that provides highly bred and trained guide and service dogs, received a $10,000 grant from Hitachi Metals America Ltd.’s local Community Action Committee.
The grant will support the nonprofit’s Sights on College program, which is a training curriculum targeted at youths who are blind or visually impaired.
“Our Sights on College program is filled with inspirational and motivated people who want to achieve their goals. With a Guiding Eyes dog by their side, they’ll be able to navigate college campus more independently, safely and confidently,” said Sue Dishart, Guiding Eyes’ vice president of marketing and development.
“We are extremely grateful to Hitachi for sharing our commitment to help youth live productive and independent lives.”
Sights on College combines the standard program with specialized training on college campuses. The program provides a Guiding Eyes instructor for students starting at a new college. The student and Guiding Eyes dog learn important routes to the student’s daily schedule.
“While visiting Guiding Eyes, I had the opportunity to learn about the organization’s work and see firsthand the difference guide dogs make in people’s lives,” said Peter Knight, Hitachi Metals’ director of human resources. “It’s very gratifying to know Hitachi Metals America Ltd. is able to help Guiding Eyes fulfill its mission.”
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