Atlanta Vision Nonprofit Awarded $75,000 Grant to Serve Rural Georgia
ATLANTA – January 20, 2021 – Atlanta-based Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation (“The Lighthouse”) announced today its receipt of a $75,000 grant from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation intended to bring vision care to more rural Georgians.
Even with more than 13 percent of its population uninsured, Georgia – particularly outside Atlanta – faces a critical shortage of local providers and affordable, high-quality care options. The Lighthouse seeks to eliminate those barriers to vision and hearing care by partnering with a statewide network of volunteer medical providers to offer free and reduced-cost services to qualifying Georgians.
“Georgia’s already-serious healthcare problems were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a sharp uptick in unemployment and, therefore, job-sponsored insurance,” said Lighthouse Executive Director Edwin Link. “The Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation’s generous grant will help us help Georgia get back on track in the coming months.”
The grant will also greatly enhance The Lighthouse’s ability to reach underserved Georgians by funding mobile vision clinic operations in rural communities in Calhoun, Clay, Dade, Effingham, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Macon, Stewart, Taliaferro, Telfair, and Turner counties.
To learn more about The Lighthouse, please visit lionslighthouse.org.
Founded in 1949 by members of three Georgia Lions Clubs, The Lighthouse’s mission is to bring Georgians in need back into a world of sight and sound by providing comprehensive vision and hearing care to the state’s uninsured and under-insured. The Lighthouse is headquartered in Atlanta and, with the help of a statewide network of audiologists, optometrists, and ophthalmologists, operates a mobile clinic serving all of Georgia.