Friday, September 16, 2016

Local Non-Profit Service for Visually Impaired Residents Could Shut Down

South Orange, New Jersey: A local organization is in danger of shutting down if funds are not raised immediately.

EIES of New Jersey, or Electronic Information and Education Service, has been serving visually impaired residents of Essex County and beyond for over four decades. Several volunteers regularly read current stories from websites, newspapers, and magazines for broadcast on the EIES website and over the air for listeners with special receivers so that area residents who are unable to read due to a disability can still learn the latest news and events. Some segments are taped live, while others are prerecorded. 

However, the organization is in need of funding, or it could soon close. A post on the EIES Facebook page states that "EIES was established in 1974 to assist the visually impaired community and now, on their 42nd birthday are in danger of closing their doors permanently". An email to readers states that the organization's largest benefactor has passed away, and that "at this time, EIES has no money and may not be able to continue serving the visually impaired community". The email also states that a meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the organization's fate.

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