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Elementary Students Get Gift of Sight with $150,000 Grant from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

Sep 03, 2014 0 Comments

TAMPA, FLA (Sept. 3, 2014) - Suncoast Credit Union Foundation announces a three-year $50,000 per year grant to help elementary school students see the blackboard through Florida’s Vision Quest.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of three children in the United States do not receive any preventive vision care before entering elementary school.

As one of the first projects of the 2014/15 school year, five hundred Franklin Park Elementary School students received free vision care and approximately 85 students were fitted for glasses.

“We believe that every child should have the same opportunities for education and we are pleased to lend our support to an organization that is dedicated to helping children with vision disorders,” says Cindy Helton, executive director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Suncoast Credit Union who continues to support us on ensuring the academic and social successes of Florida’s most vulnerable children,” says Nancy Jeppesen, CEO and founder of Florida’s Vision Quest.

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has supported Florida’s Vision Quest since 2006 and has donated over $200,000 to assist 5,000+ students. The Foundation is sponsored entirely by Suncoast Credit Union, allowing 100 percent of funds contributed to go directly to the organizations and initiatives that assist children in the communities the credit union serves. In 2013, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation provided $1.7 million in funding and grants for a total of $9 million since its inception in 1992.

About Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership and the 15th largest in the United States based on its $5.8 billion in assets. Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is sponsored entirely by Suncoast Credit Union, allowing 100 percent of funds contributed to go directly to the organizations and initiatives that assist children in the communities the credit union serves. In 2013, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation provided $1.7 million in funding and grants for a total of $11 million since its inception in 1992. For more information visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion, or twitter.com/SuncoastCU.

About Florida’s Vision Quest

Florida's Vision Quest (FVQ) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that attacks one of the root causes of social and academic failure – poor vision. Since the inception of the Vision Quest program in 1994, it has been the mission of Florida's Vision Quest to ensure the academic and social success of Florida's most vulnerable children by providing free vision exams and quality new glasses for those challenged with poor vision.

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