I'm taking this Blog in a different direction from my past messages. This message is about philanthropy and how frustrated I've been about getting folks to both notice and support our outstanding Looking Out For Kids campaign. This one charity singularly supports the efforts of the University to care for thousands of children in the Philadelphia and Montgomery county school districts who would otherwise not be able to obtain vision, hearing and other health-related screenings. Furthermore, this fund provides glasses to underprivileged children who cannot afford them. Needless to say Salus has changed lives through this extremely beneficial service.
Unfortunately, all of these interventions cost money. While we've been able to subsidize most of these efforts through the Looking Out For Kids campaign the University often must augment these services with human and fiscal resources that normally would be dedicated to other necessary functions. Compounding all this, we have a 14-year old vision screening van that is outdated and in need of replacement so we can provide integrated health screenings, not just vision screenings.
I'm frustrated because as much as we publicize our efforts and people talk about the importance of helping children, there's relatively little to show in terms of philanthropic support for these efforts. We have a fundraising event the beginning of November (invitation and link below) but the amount of money it raises barely covers the cost of gas for our van and a few pair of glasses. I need your help in the form of suggestions, support and contacts so we can gain some traction on raising the necessary funds to support the youth of our communities. I'm hoping someone who might be reading this can help provide some additional insights as to how we can best sustain these important functions. I'd hate to see any support we're giving to children diminish due to lack of funding.