by Mike Godino and Jean Mann
Happy New Year from the Monthly Monetary Support Program (MMS) committee. We hope that 2017 finds you happy and healthy, and we hope it’s a prosperous one for all of us.
If you attended or streamed the 2016 ACB annual conference and convention, you already know that the MMS committee met its goal of raising annual donations to ACB to $100,000. This shows real commitment and support by you, the membership, and we sincerely thank all of you who joined the MMS program for the first time, and those of you who increased your monthly donations. We’re hoping that more of you will decide to join with us, or raise the amount you’re already giving, so that in 2017 we’ll exceed this year’s goal by 10 percent.
ACB tries to provide services and support, free of charge, to all blind people and those who are blind with other disabilities, those who are friends or relatives of blind people, employers, and those who are in the process of losing their sight. Our staff and board members work with Congress, the FCC, the Department of the Treasury and countless other government agencies and organizations to make life better for all of us. They also work with blindness organizations around the world when issues present themselves. Your monthly donations help make this all possible.
Your contribution is tax deductible. Whatever amount you designate, the minimum being $10, will be taken out of your checking account or charged to your credit card each month. You can donate the whole amount to ACB or half of it to ACB and the other half to an affiliate of your choice. If it becomes necessary for you to stop your donations for any reason, you can do so, no questions asked. Everybody who joins the MMS program or increases their monthly donation by at least $5 before the end of the 2017 convention will be eligible to win a fabulous prize.
There are two simple ways for you to sign up for the MMS program: 1) visit www.acb.org, tab to the Donate Now button and then tab to the Monthly Monetary Support (MMS) program, or 2) call or e-mail Lori Sarff at the Minnesota office, (612) 332-3242, firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way, it’s easy to begin making monthly contributions, or increasing current ones.
If you’re like most of us, you’ve already broken those resolutions you made on New Year’s Eve. Why not resolve this year to help support ACB financially with a monthly donation? It will be one of the most beneficial resolutions you’ve ever made, and one of the easiest to keep.