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Lions Club hears of work at Lighthouse of Southwest Florida

By Staff | Mar 4, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Amy Turner, left, with Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, and marketing representative Sandy Burke speak to the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club on the important work done at the organization.

Sight is undoubtedly one of the Lions Club’s defining causes. Lighthouse of Southwest Florida is one of the sight-based organizations supported by the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club, which hosted Sandy Burke and Amy Turner as guest speakers.

“Lighthouse enables people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in our society,” President Bob Kern. “That is a noble mission.”

Burke, who lost her sight at 29, emphasized the importance of the work at the Fort Myers-based group.

“We help people through very tough situations and provide them with tools and skills that changes their life,” she said.

Services and classes include computer-assistive technology training, orientation and mobility, independent living skills, adjustment counseling and more.

Lighthouse clients learn to read with accessible technology, use magnifiers or other adaptive aids correctly, travel safely, surf the internet or read email, computer training, cook safely, operate a talking watch or alarm clock, identify money, clothing and food.

“The goal is for them to live more independently,” said Amy Turner, with community relations for Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, said.

Additionally, the Lighthouse provides vocational rehabilitation-job development and placement program, as well as a blind babies and transition program that prepares small children, families and young adults for challenges ahead.

“The Lions Club makes many of the things we do possible and we are grateful for your support,” Burke, who has been a Lion for 11 years, said.

For more on Lighthouse of Southwest Florida, visit lighthouseswfl.org or call 239-997-7797.

The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at The Community House on Sanibel. For more information, visit online at sanibelcaptivalions.org.