Lackawanna Blind Association

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...Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired

in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties

Welcome to our website!  We're glad you're here!

Lackawanna Blind Association
228 Adams Avenue, 
Scranton, Pennsylvania  18503 
Phone: 570-342-7613;  Fax: 570-348-1813

 Executive Director:  Mary Lou Wascavich 



   An Introduction

 to Who 
We Are and What We Do




Abington Lions Club sponsors
Lackawanna Blind Association client Julie Smiegal
for summer camp program for the blind

Click here -->> to view the article in the Abington Journal



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Helen Keller Day 2017

The 88th Annual Helen Keller Day will be held on
Sunday, April 2, 2017
 ...We hope to see you there!! 

 Helen Keller Day 2016  Thanks YOU!!

A BIG THANK YOU... to everyone... 
who worked so hard to make HELEN KELLER DAY such a wonderful success! 
Your time and resources are SO APPRECIATED!

We're already looking forward to next year!  We hope to see you there!

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The 87th Helen Keller Day was held on Sunday, April 3, 2016, 
at St. Mary's Center in Scranton, PA.
It was a wonderful day, with great food, a fabulous fashion show, 
fantastic prizes and baked goods and the best volunteers! 
It was a good day had by all. 

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WNEP’s Noreen and Tom Clark were returning commentators for the event. The fashion show featured Christopher & Banks, Joseph A. Bank, Old Navy, Small Frye’s and Tunis Bridal Shoppe. The Lackawanna Blind Association thanks Noreen and Tom, fashion show participants, and all of our volunteers and sponsors for their continuing support in making this a successful event. Special thanks to this year’s Helen Keller Day Chairwoman, Judy Galenas Pronko. 

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Helen Keller Day features lots of people in the spotlight, but you may not know there are many "Friends of the Blind" working behind the scenes all year round. The Friends of the Blind are a group of women and men who commit annually to support the agency and our mission. Funds raised by the Friends of the Blind pay for annual special outings for the clients, and support all our programs. Friends of the Blind assist with Helen Keller Day in so many ways—selling tickets and raffles, baking, basket donations, staffing booths and more. 
Thank you, dear Friends! Helen Keller Day wouldn’t be possible without you!

Are you interested in joining the Friends of the Blind?
Simply contact us at the Agency and we'll help you get started! 

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Helen Keller Day is a day to celebrate the enormous difference one dedicated person can make in the lives of others.  Helen Keller devoted much of her life to fundraising for the blind and visually impaired. She was an activist, author, lecturer, and world traveler.  In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor.

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Sharing our Vision for over 100 years  (since 1912)


For more information on the following items, just click on the subject: 

>>>> Annual Report 2014-2015 <<<<

  Current Newsletter  <<<<

>>>>  Our Brochure   <<<<

>>>>   Friends of the Blind   <<<<

>>>>   Become a Volunteer with the Friends of the Blind   <<<<

>>>>   Swing for Sight Annual Golf Tournament  <<<<

>>>>  Planned Giving - "Light the Way Legacy Society  <<<<

>>>>  Certificate of Accreditation  <<<<

Helen Keller


 Making  a  Visible  Difference  in  Our  Community  Since  1912


Through the many services and programs offered by the
Lackawanna Blind Association,
hundreds of individuals and families are helped 
every year.






Note: Click on the links at the very top of the page to navigate this website

Description of Pages

Learn about the services we provide: 
Pell Radio Reading Service, Prevention of Blindness,
Social Activity Programs, Social Services, 
Client Support Services, Vision Resource Center,
Visual Support Center,
Case Management, 
  Life Skills Education, Eye Care and Visual Support Program
and Low-Cost Eyeglass Program.
Friends of the Blind/Helen Keller Day
Learn how our network of friends and associates assists the agency with services and raising monies to aid those who are blind or visually impaired. 
Learn how you can become a "Friend of the Blind" too.

Support Us
See who supports us.  See how you can support us.


  !!  Donate now with PayPal or Credit Card  !!


Lackawanna Blind Association does not share donor information with anyone, 
other than publishing a list thanking donors by name only. 
Donors may also request that their gift remain entirely anonymous.


 Catch Sight of Our Cause

     The Blind Association provides in-home visits by agency social service staff members to ensure that blind and visually impaired clients are capable of maintaining their independence  and enjoying life to its fullest.  The agency provides many instructional, social and rehabilitative classes and programs for clients at the association building in downtown Scranton.  Transportation is provided to client focused events in the agency's own van. 

     The Blind Association sponsors various social events for clients.  Bingo nights, holiday parties, and a summer picnic are gatherings that blind and visually impaired clients eagerly anticipate.  In addition, the agency regularly schedules day trips throughout northeastern Pennsylvania to enable clients to experience many of the interesting and educational  destinations our area offers.  

     The Blind Association is the support, educational, recreational, and social provider to its many clients and their families in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. 




This page was last updated on:  10/18/2016

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Contact Us:  Lackawanna Blind Association
228 Adams Avenue,
Scranton, Pennsylvania  18503 
Phone: 570-342-7613; 
Fax: 570-348-1813


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