by Jean Mann
As I write this, most of us are spending our days at home due to the coronavirus. The members of the Monthly Monetary Support (MMS) Committee hope all of you stay healthy as we deal with this crisis.
Since no one knows for sure how long the current situation will last, our plans for the future are somewhat uncertain right now. ACB staff is working from home, and through lots of teleconferences, the ACB Board of Directors and other leaders are doing their best to keep us all connected. Maybe we could show how much we appreciate their efforts by signing up to contribute to ACB through the Monthly Monetary Support Program, or, if you are already a contributor, and you’re financially able to do so, raising the amount of your monthly donation. Here’s how the program works.
Every month, the amount of money you designate (a minimum of $10) is either charged to your credit card or withdrawn from your checking account as a tax-deductible donation in support of the American Council of the Blind. One hundred percent of your contribution can be given to ACB, or you can request that up to 50 percent of what you donate go to an affiliate of your choice. If you want to contribute to more than one affiliate, sign up as many times as you like. Each time you do, up to half of what you donate will go to ACB and the other half will go to the affiliate of your choice. If you’re already an MMS donor but you’d like to increase that donation, you can do so by as little as $5. And you do not have to be an ACB member to join.
There are several ways for you to sign up. You can visit ACB’s website, acb.org, tab to the Donate Now button, and then tab to the MMS program. Or you can call the ACB office in Minneapolis at (612) 332-3242 and they’ll help you fill out the necessary forms to get you started. Hopefully, our convention will happen in Schaumburg this summer, and we’ll be there in the exhibit hall to greet you, answer any questions you might have, and get you signed up. And we’ll continue that daily drawing of those great packets of gift cards. If all goes according to plan, we’ll hold a drawing for a fabulous prize in the fall for anybody who begins donating through MMS or increases their donation by at least $5 between July 14, 2019, and July 11, 2020. In the meantime, thank you for all you do for ACB. Stay well.