Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Offices Set Their Sights on Preserve Vision
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Looking for ways to help support your local community? A visit to the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office this month offers customers a convenient way to give back.
Throughout March, the Tax Collector’s office is teaming up with Preserve Vision Florida, a non-profit organization that offers vision education and related services to Floridian adults and children. Funds are raised through voluntary customer contributions collected during motor vehicle and driver license transactions. The cause also receives support from sales of vision-related items like lens cloths, sunglasses, and stuffed animals with secret storage for glasses and contact lenses available for purchase at most Pinellas Tax Collector locations. All proceeds and funds raised go to Preserve Vision Florida.
Preserve Vision Florida also benefits from the sale of the “Bikers Care” specialty motorcycle plate. Currently, over 15,000 Floridians sport this patriotic red, white, and blue specialty plate.
According to the CDC, vision disability is a top disabling condition among both children and adults. The CDC also reports that an estimated 93 million American adults are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half have been to an eye doctor in the past year.
“Vision is vital to the work that we do, as it’s a necessary component of safe driving. In fact, every citizen must pass a vision exam to earn and keep a Florida driver license,” said Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas. “By teaming up with Preserve Vision we’re able to support a cause that provides adults and children with much-needed vision care, helping our future drivers and making our roads safer.”
This is the second Florida nonprofit the Tax Collector’s offices have worked with for 2021, the first being the Florida Heart Research Foundation. Each year, the offices support six Florida nonprofits, chosen from submitted applications based on the organization’s mission and local impact.
ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. For more information, visit taxcollect.com.