UnitedHealthcare Employees Experience Life Without Sight

April 8, 2010

Deb Krause, Director Social Responsibility, UnitedHealth Group; Dr. Elly du Pré, Executive Director, Lighthouse of Broward; Dale Hirsch, Executive Director, Volunteer Broward.
Deb Krause, Director Social Responsibility, UnitedHealth Group; Dr. Elly du Pré, Executive Director, Lighthouse of Broward; Dale Hirsch, Executive Director, Volunteer Broward.
Volunteer Broward, an agency that connects volunteers with needy organizations, on April 7 matched several dozen UnitedHealthcare employees attending a South Florida convention with clients of the Lighthouse of
Broward to create a better understanding of how people with visual impairment have rich, independent lives.
With the support of more than 30 clients who have completed independent living training at the Lighthouse, the UnitedHealthcare employees were blindfolded and led to participate in three sensory activities:
Dr. Elly du Pré, Executive Director Lighthouse of Broward;  José Lopez; Assistant Director of Development;  Artist Wanda Marti.
Dr. Elly du Pré, Executive Director Lighthouse of Broward;  José Lopez; Assistant Director of Development;  Artist Wanda Marti.

1. Rosemary Blumberg, a horticultural therapist who conducts a monthly work shop at the Lighthouse, brought in various plants, flowers, and seeds to show how the sense of touch and smell can be used to enjoy and participate in sensory gardening. The seeds the participants planted will be transplanted into the Lighthouse of Broward’s Sensory Garden.

2. Artist Wanda Marti was on hand to teach participants how to create a tactile art piece to be displayed at the Lighthouse.

3. Rosemary also did an exercise to show how people with visual impairment can learn how to assemble fresh flower centerpieces.

Ellen Ewing, UnitedHealthcare; Doris Johnson, Lighthouse of Broward client; Sander Schrants Volunteer Broward; Stacey Lutz, UnitedHealthcare
Ellen Ewing, UnitedHealthcare; Doris Johnson, Lighthouse of Broward client; Sander Schrants Volunteer Broward; Stacey Lutz, UnitedHealthcare

Lighthouse of Broward
The Lighthouse of Broward is a 501 ( c ) 3 charity that serves blind and visually impaired babies, adults and seniors. All services are tailored to meet individual needs, based on assessments conducted by certified professionals. These professionals identify the exact skills needed for the Lighthouse client to achieve maximum independence.
 

Arnold Hayden, Lighthouse of Broward Client; Bruni Mercado, Volunteer Broward
Arnold Hayden, Lighthouse of Broward Client; Bruni Mercado, Volunteer Broward
Accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC), Lighthouse of Broward is a United Way partner agency and member of the Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind and is sponsored by State of Florida, Department of Education/Division of Blind Services. Operating funds are raised through grants and donations from individual and corporate supporters.
 

If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired or would like to make a donation, contact the Lighthouse at 954- 463-4217 or 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 or donate online: www.LHOB.org.

In back: Tina Ahigrim, American Family Mutual Insurance Company; Shirley Ernst (white shirt) Lighthouse of Broward; Chris Hoey, Volunteer Broward
In back: Tina Ahigrim, American Family Mutual Insurance Company; Shirley Ernst (white shirt) Lighthouse of Broward; Chris Hoey, Volunteer Broward

 Volunteer Broward
Volunteer Broward is a non-profit organization that provides meaningful, hands-on volunteer experiences for civicminded South Floridians in order to positively affect change in Broward County. We connect people who want to help with volunteer opportunities that make a difference in our community. We refer individuals and groups to over 600 nonprofit organizations in Broward County, Florida. For more information, visit www.volunteerbroward.org.
Chelsea Bolton, Lighthouse of Broward Client; Jessica Kostner, UnitedHealthcare
Chelsea Bolton, Lighthouse of Broward Client; Jessica Kostner, UnitedHealthcare

 UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 600,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

Kristina DaSilver;  Dale Hirsch, Executive Director, Volunteer Broward;  Dr. Elly du Pré, Executive Director, Lighthouse of Broward; Wanda Marti, Workshop Artist; and Rosemary Blumberg, Horticultural Therapist Sandy Lynch, UnitedHealthcare; Karen Liebster. Lighthouse of Broward Client; Jeannine Rivet Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group Marion Vale, Lighthouse of Broward Client, and  David Lehmann, UnitedHealthcare
Kristina DaSilver;  Dale Hirsch, Executive Director, Volunteer Broward;  Dr. Elly du Pré, Executive Director, Lighthouse of Broward; Wanda Marti, Workshop Artist; and Rosemary Blumberg, Horticultural Therapist Sandy Lynch, UnitedHealthcare; Karen Liebster. Lighthouse of Broward Client; Jeannine Rivet Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group Marion Vale, Lighthouse of Broward Client, and  David Lehmann, UnitedHealthcare

 

Contact:
Ellen Schulman
eprosep@bellsouth.net
954.895.3152


Kristina DaSilva, Volunteer Broward
Kristina@volbrow.org
954-233-1300, ext. 1293
 

Photography by: LILA PHOTO / www.lilaphotos.com

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