Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence,
to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · info@miamilighthouse.org 

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Miami Lighthouse is among top 2% of nonprofits in the nation

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Upcoming Events

May 6, 2015 Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit

Support 20/20 vision and celebrate free eye care for children on Wednesday, May 6th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Eighth Annual Music Under the Stars: Bon Appétit Miami at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired located at 601 SW 8th Avenue.

 
May 30, 2015 Happy and Healthy Living at Miami Lighthouse

Join Miami Lighthouse for an informative, thought-provoking and life-changing day of discovery and learning. The day will include workshops and activities, free demos and giveaways, free eye exams, pharmacy consultations, and healthy mind, body & spirit presentations, including art, barre yoga, sexy fitness and special musical performances.

 

In the News

Florida Blue Names Miami Lighthouse Winner of 2015 Sapphire Award
We are so excited to announce that Miami Lighthouse has been named the winner of the Florida Blue Foundation's 2015 Sapphire Award honoring an outstanding nonprofit organization in community health care. The award goes to an organization whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievements in community health.

Penny Shaffer, Market President at Florida Blue, said "The Sapphire Award embodies our desire to recognize excellence among organizations, programs and individuals that have made a significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida's at-risk people and communities. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has demonstrated excellence and serves as a model for others to emulate addressing their community's needs with unmatched dedication and courage."

Finalists were selected by an independent panel of experts with state and national expertise in community health best practices. The announcement was made during a luncheon ceremony at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston.

We are honored to have received such a distinguished recognition.

Miami Lighthouse Received Beacon Award in Education
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired was recognized at the 13th Annual Beacon Awards on April 2, 2015, presented by the Beacon Council. Miami Lighthouse was selected as the recipient of the Beacon Award in Education. Beacon Council Chair Donna Abood noted that "Miami Lighthouse is both an employer and enables the visually impaired to be employed, and helps drive Miami's economic engine through capital improvement projects." We are honored to receive this recognition and express our sincere gratitude to the Beacon Council and our community.

Click here to watch Virginia Jacko’s interview for the Beacon Award.

Publix chooses Miami Lighthouse for “Day of Service”
Publix, where “shopping is a pleasure,” made Friday, April 17th a true pleasure for Miami Lighthouse by selecting us as the recipients of their “Publix Serves Day.” Publix founded in 1930 and Miami Lighthouse founded in 1931 are celebrating their 85th anniversaries, and Publix is celebrating by giving back to the community.

Comcast Brings Voice Guided Television To Miami Lighthouse
Comcast today announced it is partnering with organizations dedicated to serving people with visual disabilities, including Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, to bring the company’s new voice guidance technology to more people. The “talking guide” is a feature on the X1 platform that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings, giving users the freedom to independently explore and navigate thousands of shows and movies.

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired Accredited By The National Accreditation Council
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce that is has been accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services. Accreditation is a significant milestone in Miami Lighthouse’s ongoing process of seeking to employ best practices and deliver services that focus on positive outcomes for consumers of blind and low vision services.


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Miami Lighthouse first sought and received NAC accreditation in 1978 and has consistently achieved NAC accreditation to the present time having received six commendations with its five year accreditation renewal.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned a 4-star rating for seven consecutive years from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

 

2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

                 

Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Children's Vision Program received the bronze medal for their service to thousands of under-served children in public schools at the 2012 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

 

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.