Montclair, VA - Azalea Charities, Inc. and the Lions Club of Montclair recently presented Montclair resident Hollis “Holly” Frisch, President of Volunteers for the Blind, Inc., (VFB) checks in the amount of $1,000 and $500 respectively.
”These generous contributions will enable VFB to continue and to expand shopping and reading assistance to Prince William County residents who are blind,” said Ms. Frisch.
Totally and congenitally blind, Ms. Frisch has a long history of providing volunteer services. She worked with children, primarily in schools and camps. Her most memorable experience with a child involved helping a terrified adolescent boy in a mental institution who was struggling with his adjustment to recent and totally unexpected blindness.
Ms Frisch spent 11 years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, splitting her time split evenly between two positions. First, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a specialty counselor with people who had traumatic brain injuries. Later, she worked at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Throughout her tenure in both positions, she placed her clients in volunteer positions. These assignments provided them invaluable experiences and frequently helped them obtain meaningful positions in the competitive employment market.
Ms. Frisch also spent nine years as a journalist. She was the features editor of Dialogue, a magazine for the blind, deaf blind and anyone with a disability which precluded reading standard size print. The primary medium was auditory. Volunteers recorded the entire magazine in the Dialogue studio. Ms. Frisch’s responsibilities included screening, training, coordinating and supervising these volunteers as well as the ones who provided support to other staff editors who were blind.
When Ms. Frisch moved to Washington, she obtained a position as the writer for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. She learned to read, understand and summarize legal cases. Assigned to a detail at the Army Engineer Center’s public affairs office, she wrote human interest features about members of the Fort Belvoir military community. The employee who read for her could not accompany her on detail; so Ms. Frisch recruited, trained and supervised volunteer readers. Without them, the detail would have been unsuccessful.
Most recently, Ms. Frisch was the public relations specialist for an organization in Alexandria which helps people with disabilities live and work as independently as possible in their home communities. She and her dog guide shared an office with her friend, the executive director, who did not have time to write. Instead, the executive director dictated her thoughts to Ms. Frisch, who captured them for a monthly newsletter.
About Azalea Charities
Azalea Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Prince William County, Virginia. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers who donate their time, talent and money. Azalea Charities raises funds for its community charities and Aid for Wounded Soldiers through membership fees, private donations and sponsorship of special events such as the Marine Corps Marathon and the Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational Golf Classic, the organization's keystone event held each May. Beyond minimal expenses, all the funds they raise go to their charitable core causes.
About the Montclair Lions Club
The Montclair Lions Club is a community service group, part of an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries. These clubs are known for working to end preventable blindness. The Montclair Lions Club provides many public services and events, including eyeglass collection for the disadvantaged locally and throughout the world.
For more information, contact:
For more information, contact:
Frank Lasch, Chairman, Azalea Charities, Inc.
President ofVolunteers for the Blind, Inc.,