Important Message from VRC

In light of the recent events regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vision Resource Center remains unwavering in its dedication to our Berks County communities. Please note we will be experiencing situations that may result in the rescheduling and/or cancellation of VRC activities and events. For up-to-date information related to Vision Resource Center schedules and events, please call 610-375-8407 or visit us on Facebook.

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March is National Save Your Vision Month

credit: American Optometric Association

Digital technology not only redefines how people interact with the world, but also how they see it, making it all the more important for the public to make smart eye care choices. 

That's why the '21st-century Eye' is the focus of AOA's Save Your Vision Month public awareness campaign throughout March, offering consumers a healthy reminder about eye health from the most authoritative source they know—their eye doctors.

“This is an opportunity to really educate as many people as we can, to start that word of mouth of, ‘hey, let’s take care of our eyes,'” Dr. Jack Schaeffer, O.D., Optometry Cares board member says in an upcoming article about the campaign in the March edition of AOA Focus.

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Independent Living with Vision Loss

Increase safety and mobility at home and maintain an active and independent lifestyle.

Call 610-375-8407

Vision Resource Center of Berks County is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services, works closely with the Bureau of Blind and Visual Services, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.

Vision Resource Center of Berks County LogoFor over 85 years the Vision Resource Center of Berks County has helped prevent blindness, increase awareness and enabled visually impaired residents to lead independent and productive lives within the community.

The VRC Advantage:

• Yearly Service to over 400 Blind and Visually Impaired Berks County Residents

• Over 3000 FREE Children's Vision Screenings Completed Annually

• FREE Social Activities and Informative Events Each and Every Month

• Employment Opportunities and Professional Business Help

Support the White Cane Fund

Monetary gifts from individuals and groups like yours provide VRC with unrestricted funds to provide services and programs for our clients. Partner with us to make our Berks communities a better place for our neighbors in need.

For additional information, including more on the services and programs that benefit from your generosity, please click HERE.


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VRC Activities and Events

  • Lunch Bunch at The Pourhouse American Grille
    April 15, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    3341 Pricetown Rd, Fleetwood, PA 19522, USA
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  • Sight Loss Support Group
    April 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    2020 Hampden Blvd, Reading, PA 19604, USA
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  • Caregiver’s Support Group
    April 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    2020 Hampden Blvd. Reading, 19604
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President's Message

Lori Schermerhorn, President/CEO

Ninety years ago it was determined that a need to help the blind and visually impaired of Berks County was so great, the Berks County Association for the Blind, Inc. was established. The need for our services grew so our current building at 2020 Hampden Blvd. in Reading was erected by the Lions Club in 1957 to better serve our clients. That ever growing need for help continues to this day.
While our name may have changed, the vision and mission of our agency has not. People who are blind or experiencing low vision still want to live as independently as possible. Often times we take our sight for granted. Can you imagine not being able to read the newspaper or use the computer? How about giving up our car keys and the independence to hop in the car and drive to the grocery store? You would need to find new ways for assimilating to life with a visual impairment, and that is where we come in. We are able to help people and provide support to our clients and their families as these changes happen.
Please call 610-375-8407 if you know someone who may benefit from our services. Here’s to a wonderful 90th Anniversary!

Until next time….

Community Impact
Community Impact

Free vision screeningseducation programs and special events to aid in vision awareness and help prevent visual impairments in Berks County.

Business Opportunities
Business Opportunities

Get competitive, fair pricing for packaging and assembly services while providing meaningful jobs to visually impaired individuals in the community.

In-Sight Newsletter

PDF and audio download files of Vision Resource Center's popular quarterly publication, In-Sight

Articles and References

News, events and timely information related to low vision, blindness and other health related issues