by Jean Mann
Happy New Year from the Monthly Monetary Support (MMS) Committee! We hope all of you had a very happy and blessed holiday season. You’ve probably been bombarded with charitable organizations asking you to generously support their worthy causes, but please don’t forget the American Council of the Blind (ACB). We need you too!
If you read this magazine on a regular basis, you’ve seen previous articles from us. If you come to national conventions, you’ve heard us speak on the floor and seen us in the exhibit hall. But in case you aren’t familiar with the MMS program, here’s how it works.
Every month, the amount of money you designate (a minimum of $10) is either charged to your credit card or withdrawn from your checking account as a tax-deductible donation in support of the American Council of the Blind. One hundred percent of your contribution may be given to ACB, or you can request that up to 50 percent of what you donate go to an affiliate of your choice. If you’d like to contribute to more than one affiliate, you can do that also. Sign up as many times as you like. Each time you do, up to half of the amount you donate will go to ACB and the other half will go to the affiliate you choose. If you’re already contributing through MMS, we sincerely thank you. Please know that you do not have to be a member of ACB to participate in this program.
There are several ways for you to join. You can visit ACB’s website, acb.org, tab to the Donate Now button, and then tab to the MMS Program. Or you can call the ACB office in Minneapolis at (612) 332-3242 and they’ll help you fill out the necessary forms to get you started.
If you sign up as a new contributor, or increase your monthly donation by at least $5 a month before the end of the annual convention in Schaumburg this July, you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of several great prizes. Jeff Thom and Adam Eakin are glad they did. After the 2019 convention, Jeff won a 43-inch Toshiba Amazon Fire TV and Adam won an Amazon 2nd Generation Echo. You could win something just as nice.
In closing, let me once again thank those of you who have signed up for the MMS program thus far. Your contributions continue to help ACB accomplish all the work that it does. If you are not an MMS member but think you might be able to spare at least $10 a month, please consider signing up. You’ll be glad you did.