INTRUST Bank Donates $150,000 To Further Employment Mission Of The William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center

July 12, 2018
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that it has received a $150,000 donation from INTRUST Bank to support the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center. The center, which is housed on the fifth floor of Envision’s Wichita headquarters, was launched in February to train people who are blind or visually impaired, place them into skilled positions and provide accessibility inclusion expertise to businesses around the United States. It is a joint effort between Envision and LCI in Durham, N.C., the largest employers of people with visual impairments in the country.
 
“The mission of the BVI Workforce Innovation Center aligns perfectly with INTRUST Bank’s tradition of supporting organizations that not only improve educational and economic opportunities for individuals and families, but also assist the communities where our employees live and work,” said C.Q. “Charlie” Chandler IV, INTRUST Bank chairman and CEO. “It is with great pride and respect that we contribute to this initiative that will lead to the betterment of so many people who are blind or visually impaired.”
 
INTRUST Bank, one of the largest independent banks headquartered in Kansas, and Envision share a long history. The relationship dates back to Envision’s founding in the 1930s, when C.Q. Chandler II, president of the bank that would eventually be known as INTRUST, made a donation and invested in the development of new products made by individuals with vision loss.
 
“INTRUST Bank has been a stalwart partner throughout Envision’s history, and we’re honored to have that support now extend to the BVI Workforce Innovation Center,” said Michael Monteferrante, Envision president and CEO. “We exist today because of the early and ongoing commitment of the Chandler family to our mission. We are grateful for this generous gift and for our longstanding collaboration with INTRUST Bank to improve lives.”
 
The INTRUST Bank donation follows a $300,000 gift from The Sunderland Foundation, a $750,000 challenge grant from the Tulsa, Okla.-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation and major contributions from the LCI Foundation and Carl and Gigi Allen of Allen Exploration.
 
“The William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center is poised to significantly decrease the 70 percent unemployment rate among individuals who are blind or visually impaired and make great strides toward creating more accessible workplaces,” said Heather Hogan, senior vice president of Foundation & Mission Services at Envision. “Through training, job placement and direct employment programs, we will activate the immense, untapped potential of these individuals to meet the ever-increasing demand for professional workers throughout the country. We are grateful to INTRUST Bank and all of our supporters for helping us execute our goals.”
 
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and sign unveiling held last month celebrated the completion of construction of the BVI Workforce Innovation Center offices. Fundraising for the $5.1 capital campaign continues through December 2018. To make a gift or receive more information, contact Heather Hogan at heather.hogan@envisionus.com or (316) 440-1517. Donations may also be made online through the Envision Foundation at envisionus.com/donate.    
 
Additional details about the BVI Workforce Innovation Center are available at www.workforceforall.com.
 
About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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