Envision Receives $300,000 From The Sunderland Foundation For Construction Of William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center

May 21, 2018
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that it has received a $300,000 gift from The Sunderland Foundation, a group that supports construction projects undertaken by nonprofits in Kansas City and other Midwest markets. The gift is earmarked for the construction of the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center, a facility making its home on the fifth floor of Envision’s Wichita, Kan., headquarters that will be dedicated to training people who are blind or visually impaired, placing them into skilled positions and providing accessibility inclusion expertise to businesses around the United States.
In announcing the launch of the BVI Workforce Innovation Center in February, Envision simultaneously kicked off an effort to raise $1.5 million by December 1 to receive a $750,000 challenge grant from the Tulsa, Okla.-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. The Sunderland Foundation contribution and major gifts from LCI Foundation of Durham, N.C., and Carl and Gigi Allen of Allen Exploration, are helping Envision close in on that goal as fundraising continues.
“We are honored and extremely grateful to The Sunderland Foundation for their very generous gift in support of our program,” said Heather Hogan, Senior Vice President of Foundation & Mission Services for Envision. “This donation, combined with others we have received and others we hope to generate, will make it possible for us to create a permanent home for the BVI Workforce Innovation Center, a space where industrious, ambitious individuals with vision issues can tap into a host of resources designed to help them secure jobs and advance their careers.”
Lester T. Sunderland, a highly respected leader in the cement industry who served as president of the Overland Park, Kan.-based Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years, established the Sunderland Foundation in 1945. The foundation continues to carry out its mission under the guidance of Sunderland’s descendants, making grants to 501(c)(3) organizations to cover planning, design, construction, renovation, repairs and restoration of facilities.
“Supporting Envision and the construction of the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center falls right in line with the tenets of our foundation to help build places where communities can come together for inspiration,” said Kent Sunderland, president of The Sunderland Foundation’s board of trustees. “We are proud to help make this center a reality, and we look forward to seeing the completed facility advance the cause of securing enhanced employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.”
The capital campaign for the BVI Workforce Innovation Center is being conducted through the Envision Foundation. To make a gift or inquire for more information, contact Hogan at heather.hogan@envisionus.com or call 316-440-1517. Donations may also be made online at envisionus.com/donate.
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 for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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