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National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia


#NFBWV16 Convention Info


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Braille Peer Tutoring Project

Provided by

The National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia


If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia can and will help. 

We are looking for interested individuals around the state who would like to learn to read and write Braille.  You will be paired with a trained peer tutor who will teach you to read and write Braille in your home or another location which might be more convenient to you.  You will be provided instructional materials, tutoring on a weekly basis, as well as money to cover the cost of transportation should you prefer to travel to the peer tutor. 

This program is funded by a grant from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services and is provided at no cost to you. 

If you are interested in learning braille, please contact Ed McDonald, first vice-President of the NFBWV, at (304) 788-0129 or e-mail Ed at




Spread the word about our vehicle donation program. Watch this cool video promoting it.

General Questions about Vehicle Donation

What are the benefits of donating my car to the NFB?

The NFB benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events.

You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus, you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.

What can I donate?

You can donate almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. They do not have to be currently running. Your vehicle donation will be sold at an auction or to salvage depending on condition.

What do I need to donate my car?

The title to the car must be in your name. We will also need some information about where the car is located and the condition of the car. This will assist us in scheduling appropriate towing arrangements.

What paperwork do I need?

The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. Have your title with you when you call-in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates the title is in the name of the donor without a lien].

Will you pick up my car?

A towing company will call you to schedule the pick-up of your vehicle. You will need to give the driver the keys to the vehicle, as well as your signed title.

Does my car have to be running to donate it?

In some cases we can take your car whether it is running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at our toll-free number, 1-855-659-9314, to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?

We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will contact you within two to four business days. Call our representatives at our toll-free number, 1-855-659-9314, with any questions, or to start the process.

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?

No, special arrangements for pick-up can be made by calling our representative.

Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?

No, you do not need a smog certificate. You may donate your vehicle without these documents, even in states that require smog certificates or safety inspections.


If you have more questions, just call toll-free 1-855-659-9314.


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Check out the new NFBWV Brochure with lots of useful information about getting to know the blind.




About This Page

Welcome to the on-line home of the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, NFB of West Virginia. This is our starter page, and in the months to come you will see an expanded and fuller featured home on the web. Mean while; please use the information and links below to learn more about the NFB of West Virginia.

Contact Us
President: Charlene Smyth
401 East Olive Street, Suite 1-A
Bridgeport, WV 26330
PHONE:  304-841-1111


Our Chapters

The NFB of West Virginia has chapters in the following communities. If you are interested in joining one of the chapters of the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, please use the following information to contact the chapter president and/or board member as well as learn meeting times and locations: 

Eastern Panhandle Chapter (Martinsburg) - NEW!!!!!
President:  Keryl L. "Lil" Rustin
111 W. Race Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
PHONE:  304-260-6326

Kanawha Valley Chapter (Charleston)
President:  Sheri Koch
833 Chapell Rpad
Charleston, WV 25304
PHONE:  304-925-2942

Harrison County Chapter (Clarksburg)
President:  Charlene Smyth
401 East Olive Street, Suite 1-A
Bridgeport, WV 26330
PHONE:  304-841-1111

Huntington Chapter
President:  Brad Hodges
1011 Chesapeak Court
Huntington, WV 25701
CHAPTER PHONE: 304-691-0632

Wheeling Chapter
President:  Jack Yahnke
47 Alice Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003
HOME: 304-242-4207
CELL: 304-550-4905
WORK PHONE: 304-232-4810

Members at Large Chapter
President:  Ed McDonald
151 South Mineral Street
Keyser, WV  26726
PHONE:  304-788-0129


West Virginia Braille Literacy Division
President:  Karen McDonald
151 South Mineral Street
Keyser, WV 26726
PHONE:  304-788-0129



More coming SOON!!!


Additional Resources

Follow these links for additional resources

NFB National web site

NFB Talk Mailing List

NFBWV Talk Mailing List

NFBWV Constitution

National Association of Blind Merchants

Information on Guide Dog Use

Blindscience Youth in Blind Science

West Virginia Library Commission Special Service for the Blind

NFB NewsLine, read your paper free by phone

NFBWV Brochure ( text only )

Allen Sprinkle Scholarship

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