Melvin Jones Foundation, Lions Clubs, Goodwill Donate Brailler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An area resident has received some assistance on her journey of learning braille.

Through the Melvin Jones Foundation, with contributions from the Canfield Lions Club, Boardman Lions Club and Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries Inc., Patty Poorman, who is visually impaired, received a Perkins brailler and paper.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the Canfield and Boardman Lions Clubs through the Melvin Jones Foundation to donate these items to Patty Poorman,” said Mike Muder, manager for Youngstown Radio Reading Service. “This will help Patty to become more independent by learning and utilizing braille. Patty has dedicated herself and is working hard to learn, and we are thrilled to be able to help her with this endeavor.”

Poorman has been an active listener of the Youngstown Radio Reading Service since 2016, volunteers with Goodwill and attends monthly support group meetings for visually impaired people.

Pictured at top: Patty Poorman tests out her new Perkins brailler. Sitting next to her is Ted Filmer, a Canfield Lions Club member. Standing are, from left, Andy Dzuracky, Melvin Jones Foundation promoter; Joy Mistovich, Boardman Lions Club and Goodwill board member; Mike Muder, Youngstown Radio Reading Service manager, and Mike Bosela, former director of Youngstown Radio Reading Service.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.