In today’s fast-paced digital world, reliable access to news and information is crucial to our everyday lives. Now imagine trying to keep pace without the ability to see. MWE serves more than 5,000 blind and low-vision residents in Maryland, Virginia, and DC each year, providing them with immediate, independent access to essential news and information. Radio broadcast, webcast, and a telephone dial-in service are available 24/7, allowing listeners to “read” numerous major print publications. In the evening, volunteers take requests by phone to look up classified ads, stock quotes, sports scores, and more. And because the arts, too, should be accessible to all, MWE offers enriching audio description of live performances at ten local theaters. All services are provided free of charge. Your support helps ensure that visually impaired people are well-informed, fully productive members of their families, their communities, and the world.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   5,200
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   385

Awards & Recognition



  • Washington Ear Helps Blind Hear the Newspaper
    Thu May 25 2017, The Falls Church News Press  
    The Metropolitan Washington Ear enlists help from 385 volunteers to read periodicals to DC area residents who have vision challenges.

Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Metropolitan Washington Ear is: Less than $500k

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About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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