ECVI Connect

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Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections ​for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois

What's today's ECVI Connection?

You are OUR HERO!

Volunteers are often unsung heroes who impact people and the communities around them. Gina Carr is one of ECVI’s Heroes!


Gina volunteered for ECVI at a time when we needed her the most! We had just opened our new facility at 3240 Hedley Road in Springfield in the summer of 2018. Before students came in the door, Gina and friends painted the entire new facility. She hung wall paper in our kitchenette and provided much needed kitchen supplies at no cost to the Center. We were in much need of office supplies that Gina recognized and generously provided.


When we were ready for students, Gina began teaching Braille, Mobile Devices and other assistive technology devices that our students needed. We also worked on art projects together. Did I mention that Gina drove from Jacksonville to Springfield to fulfill her volunteer responsibilities?


Today, Gina enjoys working at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) in their Library. Her love of Books, Braille and Assistive Technology is what keeps her busy. Although Gina is no longer volunteering for ECVI, we will always be grateful for the early work she did to help establish our new facility. Thank you Gina for all that you have done for our students at the Educational Center for the Visually Impaired. Your generous support is still being felt today!

Friendship Fridays

Come on in or join us virtually on the 2nd Friday of each month for fellowship, laughter, and sharing! Email or call us for more information or to RSVP.

Book Club Fridays

Next Book

Sept 18: Walking Across Egypt


Participants read the book in advance of the meeting, so RSVP below or call Peggy at 217-303-9062 and we'll give you the details. Students suggest and agree on which books to read, so join us and add your voice to the mix. Books are provided by Talking Books and sent directly to your home.


Here are the Book Club titles for the rest of 2020. We hope you find at least one that sounds interesting and join us!


2020 Book Titles

October 23: Blackfoot Messiah

November 20: Hidden Kennedy

December 11: Redbird Christmas

Covid-19 Information: Visiting us at the center is by appointment only at the moment, but we're still providing personalized individual programs! Call us at 217-303-9062 to connect, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, or drop us an email.

Educational Center for the Visually Impaired

Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections
for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois
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