VisionCorps Business & Industry Group
For 95 years, VisionCorps has been producing quality products and providing employment for people who are blind and vision impaired. Our Business & Industry Group is a comprehensive business partner in the commercial and government sectors. We are part of a national consortium of nonprofits who work with the National Industries for the Blind to employ people who are blind and vision impaired under the AbilityOne Program. Our vision is simple: we see a world where vision loss is not a barrier to personal and economic independence.
The Corps Business Model
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VisionCorps relies on support from the community. With a variety of ways to give, VisionCorps works with donors to individualize giving opportunities. Beyond monetary donations, the community can support special events, like the Eye Drop Rappelling Event held annually, or volunteer. These fundraising programs help secure the future of VisionCorps services as the need is expected to grow significantly with an aging baby boomer population.
Rehabilitation Programs and Services
By 2050, the number of people who are blind in The United States is expected to double from what it was in 2010. Residents in VisionCorps’ service area rely on the comprehensive services provided to them by specialized staff—and that need will continue to grow with the anticipated increased demand. VisionCorps is the only private nonprofit providing these services in the counties it calls home—Adams, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. Long-term support of these services is critical to the independence of residents of South Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Business & Industry Group
The Business & Industry Group fulfills contracts with manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and distribution. In addition to manufacturing, group capabilities also include food processing and administrative services — contract management, specifically. Contracts are held both commercially and with government agencies such as Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and the PA Turnpike Commission. VisionCorps’ Lancaster Business & Industry Group is ISO 9001:2015 certified, consistently providing products and services that meet stringent customer and federal regulatory requirements.
When you make a purchase from VisionCorps, you’re not just buying a product; you’re providing opportunity. All products manufactured, packaged, and shipped from our ISO 9001:2015 certified facilities are the end result of the heart of VisionCorps’ Mission: To empower individuals with vision loss to attain independence. Employees who are blind have meaningful employment and receive competitive wages by fulfilling orders. The revenue generated from your purchase also helps to pay for services to community members living with vision loss so they may regain and maintain their independence. Your purchase is an investment in the community where we live, work, and play.
The unemployment rate for people who are blind nationwide is 70%. VisionCorps Business & Industry Group employs individuals who are blind in manufacturing, administrative, and leadership roles—with more than 75% of the direct labor for our products performed by employees who are blind. Upward mobility is encouraged through ongoing training and educational opportunities to promote growth from within. VisionCorps employees are proud to maintain meaningful employment and give back to the community at the same time.
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Empowering individuals with vision loss to attain independence
We believe that those who are blind and vision impaired should have no limits when it comes to career opportunities. VisionCorps lives out this mission every day, from ensuring availability of the latest in accessible technology, to providing skill advancement through our Upward Mobility Training Program. We prepare our employees for success during their career at VisionCorps and throughout their lives.
VisionCorps’ contracts provide labor in the areas of textile sewing, chemical bottling, food processing, co-packing, and professional office positions. We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for the blind in conjunction with our national partner agencies.
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of direct labor under the AbilityOne program is performed by people who are blind.
The products and services we provide help support the mission of our Services Group.
Visit our Community Outreach, Rehabilitation and Education Group site to find out how our nonprofit agency helps those who are blind and vision impaired through rehabilitation, community support, and more!
Want to support our work in the blind community?
Learn more about our foundation, ways to donate, and how to get involved through volunteering.
Weaving a story of possibilities.
VisionCorps is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania.
In 1926, a group of six people created a small workshop for several blind individuals in a few rented rooms at 218 East King Street in Lancaster, PA. The group hired a shop supervisor who taught workers skills such as basket making and chair caning/weaving. The products were then sold in a store. Today, we have more than 150 employees across four locations and continue to grow our products and services. Our product lines and reach have expanded greatly since the 1920s, from serving local commercial customers to being an essential provider of food for the U.S. military. We look forward to serving our customers for another 95 years and beyond!
The AbilityOne Program and National Industries for the Blind provide a network that supports our mission.
VisionCorps is proud to be one of the nearly 100 associated nonprofits under National Industries for the Blind, or NIB. NIB creates, sustains, and improves employment for people who are blind and vision impaired. Alongside SourceAmerica, NIB works under the AbilityOne Program, a federal employment program for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. The AbilityOne Program was created as a result of the Javits Wagner O’Day Act, a U.S. federal law requiring that all federal agencies purchase specified supplies and services from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other significant disabilities.