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In-Kind Needs
- Assistive technology items such as magnification devices (CCTVs, handheld magnifiers, digital magnifiers), Talking gadgets, iPhones, iPads, smartphones, tablets
- Postage stamps
- Empty printer cartridges (we can turn into Staples for credit)
- Bottled water
- Cleaning items (Lysol, air freshener, Swiffer pads, Clorox wipes, etc.)
- Garbage bags (all sizes)
- Computer monitors (24 inch or larger)
- White canes
- Hand truck/rolling cart/dolly
- Executive office chairs 
- Envelopes (# 10 most needed)
We Need Your Help! 
We need anyone who has participated in any of our programs or received services from BCB to complete a very short 10-question survey. We have separate surveys for those who are visually impaired or sighted. The deadline to complete this survey is Tuesday, August 18th!
Your answers will help us better understand, follow up, and improve the services we provide to our consumers. We are required to gather this information for several grants we receive and your responses will be anonymous (unless you want to leave your name).
If you have attended or been involved in any of the following in the last 6 months, please take the time to fill out our quick survey –
Peer support monthly meeting
Quarterly membership meeting
Mentoring program
Community outing
Or simply contacted the office for information or referrals
We thank you for assisting us in improving our programs and helping us to continue serving our community!
Board Members Needed - Quarterly Membership Meeting! 
Our Quarterly Membership Meeting will be on Monday, September 28th from 4pm to 7pm and will be our Annual Business Meeting where we will elect board members and officers! The business meeting will begin at 4pm and dinner and social time will follow. Open positions include President, Vice President, and 4 members-at-large. Remember, we need to keep our board members at a balance of 51% or more blind or visually impaired and the President and Vice President positions must be filled by someone who is visually impaired! 
If you are interested in running, please contact board member Karen Cross, our Nominating Chair, at (859) 684-5958. She will provide you with board member responsibilities, expectations, and answer any questions. 
New Program!  
BCB is partnering with Independence Place for a new program - 2015 United States Association of Blind Athletes/Anthem Foundation National Fitness Challenge! 
This program is to aide in increasing the physical activity levels of participants and is open to people who are blind or visually impaired. Participants are still being accepted, and are required to be high school age or older! This program will run from September 1st to May 31st and will involve meeting once a week for a physical activity such as walking or playing an adaptive sport like Goalball or Beep Baseball! 
Some of the BCB staff are participating and BCB is also loaning assistive devices for the program - a talking scale and some talking blood pressure monitors! We would love to have you join us and participate in the USABA and Anthem Foundation National Fitness Challenge! Contact Willis at Independence Place for more information and to sign up - (859) 266-2807 or willis@ipky.org.
Social Security Ticket to Work Program Webinar 
Information from National Council of State Agencies for the Blind
On August 26, 2015 from 3pm to 4:30pm EST, the Social Security Ticket to Work program will hold a webinar for Social Security disability beneficiaries who are ready to work and have questions related to timely progress reviews, and continuing disability reviews. To register for the webinar, call 1-866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 with any questions.
Kroger Rewards Renewal 
kroger communtiy rewards logoFor those of you who are registered with Kroger Community Rewards, they require a re-enrollment each year. The enrollment period is from August 1st to August 31st. Go to krogercommunityrewards.com to re-enroll. Under Community Rewards at the bottom of your profile, choose BCB as your organization by looking us up by name or using our NPO #29108. 
We really appreciate all who are signed up for us and we're really grateful for the checks that come to us quarterly from Kroger.
If you have not signed up for the rewards program yet, you can do it easily at krogercommunityrewards.com. All you do is register your Kroger card once a year and a percentage of what you purchase is donated to BCB. Thank you for the support!
5 More Days! BCB Night at Thursday Night Live!
This free and family-friendly outdoor concert benefits BCB and will feature Conch Republic on Thursday, August 20th at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park - 251 East Main Street.
Each summer, the Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) hosts this free summer concert series featuring different bands and local charities. The nonprofit agency provides volunteers in exchange for the tips from the beer sales of the night.  BCB is always excited about our night at CBTNL! Conch Republic - a fun, trop-rock band featuring BCB's Executive Director - will be playing. Click here for their video of Love Shack!
So come on out and be sure to tip well for your beverages! Wonderful volunteers from BCB, Uber, and Total Quality Logistics will be pouring for us! Visit the BCB Information Tent to see what we have to offer, including t-shirts, demonstrations, and giveaways! 
Thursday, August 20th - Central Bank Thursday Night Live Benefitting BCB! Join us downtown at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park - 251 W. Main St. Lexington from 4:30pm to 9pm. 
Wednesday, August 26th - Peer Support Group Meeting - Disaster Preparedness - Speaker will be Wendy LaRue from Red Cross. BCB Office - 1093 South Broadway, Suite 1230. 
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend at least two days in advance - 859-259-1834 : info@bcbky.org
Wheels passes will be provided as reimbursement for members who pay for Wheels transportation to and from BCB events.
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Member Birthdays 
Naomi Dooley - August 20th
Kathryn Carpenter - August 20th
Brenda Schanding - August 24th
Fred Ament III - August 25th
Adam Ruschival - September 5th
Keisha Browning - September 8th
Mary Renaud - September 8th
Randall Deaton - September 15th
Mac Ferguson - September 16th
Walter Graham - September 21st
Bridgette Schlausky - September 28th
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