Sights for Hope welcomes Deirdre Federico Snyder as Director of Advancement | The Valley Register

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Sights for Hope announced today that Deirdre Federico Snyder, CFRE, has become its Director of Advancement.Federico Snyder served as director of development for the Lehigh County Humane Society from 2019 to 2021 and earned him his international Certified Fundraising Officer (CFRE) credential in 2021. During his tenure with The Humane Society, Federico Snyder established a fundraising infrastructure, donor stewardship program, legacy giving society, and capital campaign of $4 million. His work supported the opening of a new community veterinary clinic; financial assistance to pet owners; and the rescue, adoption and return of over 3,000 animals.

Federico Snyder also worked as the Development and Special Events Coordinator of the Allentown Rescue Mission from 2015-2018. There, she created the organization’s first fundraising gala; developed its volunteer program, managed its annual WAEB spaghetti dinner hosted by Bobby Gunther Walsh; and led its annual Thank You for Giving food and supply drive, which used 350 volunteers over 10 days. His work has supported the housing of over 2,500 men, the serving of over 100,000 meals, and the placement of over 100 men in the Mission’s Christian Life Program and Clean Team Workforce.

“I am honored to become the Director of Advancement for Sights for Hope. The organization’s dedication to transforming the lives of people with visual impairment inspires me. By providing much-needed services, including basic things that most people take for granted, like transportation,” said Federico Snyder. “The joy of this work for me is to ensure that all people, from childhood to old age, have access to care for their eyesight. From providing eye exams to state-of-the-art vision enhancement devices, Sights for Hope is deliberately evolving. I take up the challenge to support its mission.

Federico Snyder’s primary responsibility will be to drive growth in the Sights for Hope Fund – which consists of donations made by individuals, groups, community and corporate partners, event sponsors, grants, Lions clubs and districtsbequests and inheritance donations, income for the financial year C. Well Sweepstakes, and event attendees. The organization Community Partners program – which launched in 2021, offers businesses the opportunity to pledge support for a 12-month period, receive benefits throughout that period, and collaborate with Sights for Hope on events and services.

“Deirdre will bring to Sights for Hope a mature, detailed and impact-driven approach to driving critical increases in private support,” said Dennis Zehner, Executive Director and CEO of the organization. “We will benefit immensely from Deirdre’s ability to excel in the face of challenges, exceed expectations and appreciate the built-in role of advancement in a dynamic and successful organization.”

Federico Snyder can be reached by phone at 610.433.6018, Ext. 244, and by email at

Sites of Hope blends a service tradition inspired directly by Helen Keller in 1928 with contemporary practices for remove barriers to independence and success caused by visual impairment. Sights for Hope is transforming the lives of people with visual impairments in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County through life skills education, specialized technology, one-on-one support services, free vision screenings for children and community education programs. Sights for Hope services reach over 10,000 people in a typical year and are provided at little or no cost. A total of 85% of Sights for Hope clients with visual impairment come from low-income households. Sights for Hope, formerly known as the Center for Vision Loss, is an independent member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) and is affiliated with Alliance VisionServea network of North American agencies serving the visually impaired.

Information provided by:
Denis Zehner
Executive Director and CEO


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