PHMEF, Boling Vision partner

The P-H-M Education Foundation has partnered with Boling Vision Center in Elkhart to bring an innovative program called Kindness to Prevent Blindness to P-H-M School Corporation and throughout St. Joseph County.


  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

  • South Bend Community School Corporation

  • School City of Mishawaka

  • John Glenn School Corporation


On behalf of the four education foundations in St. Joseph County, the P-H-M Education Foundation submitted and was awarded a United Way of St. Joseph County four-year grant that will support the financial expansion of Kindness to Prevent Blindness in St. Joseph County.


“We are thrilled to have been awarded a $45,000 a year grant from the United Way of St. Joseph County. This grant will help expand Kindness to Prevent Blindness to all public schools in St. Joe County. Partnering with Boling Vision and the area education foundation was a natural fit for PHMEF. It is our hope to eliminate barriers so that all children can reach their academic potential,” said Mari Linn M. Wise, executive director of the P-H-M Education Foundation.


Media is invited to an announcement from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Southwest Corner of the Century Center Parking Lot, South Bend. Tours of the Kindness to Prevent Blindness Mobile Clinic will be provided following the brief event. In addition to the announcement, Boling Vision Center will be providing free vision screenings from 9-11am in the Century Center Parking Lot. No insurance required.

Kindness to Prevent Blindness expects to provide more 4,000 students with free glasses in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties during the 2019-2020 school year. Launched in September 2018 in Elkhart County, Kindness to Prevent Blindness’s mission is to diminish obstacles families face getting vision screenings as mandated by the Indiana Department of Education.