The Firefly Social fundraiser helps sustain and grow programs and camps for kids in the Charlotte metro area who are blind or have vision challenges. Charlotte Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) programs create opportunities and help level the playing field with their sighted peers – all while giving them unforgettable experiences.
In the spirit of summer camp, join us at Byronʼs South End on August 13th, 2020 for the Firefly Social. Allison Latos, news anchor at WSOC will host our evening. Weʼre planning dinner, drinks and unique experiences for all your senses to explore, plus a great silent auction!
SEE PROGRAMS AND CAMPS CHANGE LIVES
SEE After School in Charlotte links K-12 students who are blind or visually impaired to a wide range of curriculum-focused programs that combine arts and crafts, music, cooking, assistive technology, and independent living skills to foster independence. Partnerships with local churches and schools ensure participants have the opportunities to engage with the Charlotte community. SEE After School helps boost self-esteem, builds confidence and develops skills for work and life.
SEE Camps are located across NC and focus on building confidence, creating adventure and teaching life skills such as cooking, crafts, shopping and use of technology. We also enjoy teaching theater and outdoor activities. Staff includes certified teachers for the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists. For many students, this is an opportunity to learn from the life experiences of adults with adults with blindness and visual impairment.
About IFB Solutions
For many growing up with visual impairments, opportunities for independent living skills, training and interaction with peers and adults with similar challenges are limited. IFB Solutions offers myriad programs, services, and support groups to expand opportunities like this for kids and young adults who are blind and visually impaired. Learn more at ifbsolutions.org.
MEET YOUR HOSTS
Charlotte natives Hayes Hanvey and her mother Jennifer, a local nurse, are excited to meet you at the inaugural Firefly Social – SEE Program Fundraiser. The Hanveys have been a part of the SEE Charlotte After School Program from the beginning. What started as monthly meetings in Mr. Hanvey’s office has turned into a robust after school program for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Twelve year old Hayes has found a community of friends and has learned many new skills since first joining in SEE programs at 6 years old. “We want to do anything to continue this program for Hayes- once she stated participating in SEE she really came into her own” says Jennifer. The Hanveys will share more of their personal experience during the Firefly Social- in the meantime, follow us on social media to stay up to date on SEE Charlotte.