The National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division develops programs and coordinates activities and initiatives mostly through the work of committees and project coordinators. These coordinators and committee chairs, appointed by the president, serve as the point people for the exciting projects and programming that will break down the barriers and raise expectations for the blind in the world of community service.
There are six individuals currently heading up committees or efforts. As you hear from them, I highly encourage you to reach out to them, get to know them, and share with them your thoughts and ideas on the projects they are working on for this division. If you would like to chair a committee or head up a project yourself, please be in touch.
Division Outreach Committee
Ronnie Bellomy, Chairperson
Description: The Division Outreach Committee endeavors to collaborate with, assist, be a resource for, and work alongside the divisions of the National Federation of the Blind to form a stronger Federation and encourage other Federationists to participate in community service. Community service has many benefits and knows no bounds. Hands and hearts united will raise the expectations of blind people while helping blind people turn their dreams into reality by finding confidence in themselves through service.
Janae Burgmeier, Chairperson
Description: The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to create a framework through which to earn revenue for the Community Service Division of the National Federation of the Blind. The committee will develop a cohesive fundraising strategy for the Division and will work with the other committees as necessary. Activities may include brainstorming, event planning, raffles, approaching stores or restaurants for donations, and collaborating with chapters. The duties of this committee are governed by the members of the group; therefore, responsibilities and activities may vary. Come share ideas and help us empower members to serve in their communities!
External Outreach Committee
Kyra Sweeney, Chairperson
Description: The External Outreach Committee’s primary goal is to reach out to Service organizations, universities, and blindness agencies to share the Community Service Division’s vision of blind people giving back to their communities alongside their sighted peers while raising the expectations of the blind. This year, we will work to create partnerships with more organizations and collaborate with them on projects that will promote the participation of blind people in community service. We hope you will join us!
Web Site/Blog Committee
Chris Parsons, Chairperson
Description: The Web site/blog committee will be adding tons of great content to our Web site and blog and is looking for people who are interested in helping with these efforts. People who are interested in soliciting, writing, editing, and posting blog and Web site content and coming up with ideas for how to make the Web site and blog even better are welcome. People with or without technical expertise are encouraged to join this committee so that we may improve upon a good thing. I look forward to hearing from you!
Johna Wright, Chairperson
Description: Social Media is an integral part of our daily lives, and the opportunity to connect with as many of our members and friends as possible is so important to what we want to accomplish. We are excited to have Johna join us. Johna brings energy and experience to our efforts on Facebook and twitter and is happy to hear from you should you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions.
We look forward to working together to break down the barriers to community service opportunities for the blind and to raise both the expectations of the blind and the spirits of our fellow community members.
Let’s get involved!
Chapter Engagement Committee
Jeanetta Price, Chairperson
Description: The Chapter Engagement Committee works to get chapters of the NFB involved in community service. The goal isn't just to get our chapters involved as a group, but also to participate alongside our sighted friends and neighbors. This will allow us to break down the misconceptions about blind people and what we can and can’t do. Let’s get started!