Give a little bit of your time for free
Give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my inventory
See the man with the lonely eyes
Give him sight, he'll be surprised*
Why do you give, donate, or
volunteer? I asked and ECPs responded:
I believe in the cause
It makes me feel good
For the tax write off
My wife makes me
To widen my circle of friends
It comes back tenfold
Giving has no boundaries, shows no prejudice and is
expressed in many different ways, shapes and forums. I
like to believe there's no competition when it comes
to giving, since the focus is on need and never greed.
You might find yourself volunteering side by side with
someone who works for “them”.
"Them" are the good people in this article that know
the act of giving.
Jacqui Pearson runs a small lab in Hokah, Minnesota
called Angel Optical that makes hemianoptic lenses,
Franklin bifocals, prism segs and macular degeneration
lenses. The money that is made on this work goes to
fund an eyeglass charity by providing free lenses for
low income patients. Jacqui is a fix-it herself-er and
can work miracles on lab equipment that others have by
far given up on. Her eyes are set on having a 1-2
person wholesale lab to produce lenses exclusively for
those patients with special needs. To find out how to
join her in this quest, please visit Angel Optical's
Essilor Vision Foundation
Essilor Vision Foundation is on a mission to eliminate
poor vision and its lifelong consequences. As part of
World Sight Day, Essilor employees pledge to raise $1
million over the next three years to provide
eyeglasses to children in need.
Eyes Of Faith Optical
I met Jim & Amy Schneider, the owners of Eyes Of Faith
Optical, in 2009. I think “Give” could be their middle
names. I asked Jim to share with me a brief
description of their work.
"We're not a typical eyewear brand. Our vision is to
design and distribute high-quality eyewear that allows
people to express their faith, and for that purchase
to provide the gift of sight to someone who wouldn't
normally have access to vision care. Wear & Share™ is
the essence of our purpose - when you wear a pair of
Eyes of Faith glasses, you share a pair of glasses,
readers, or sunglasses, depending on the person's
need, in the name of your faith.
"We accomplish the Wear & Share™ purpose through our
partnership with Sight Ministries, who conducts
clinics and delivers eyewear to places like Kenya,
Malawi, Panama, and many others, where entire
communities may never have had the opportunity to see
clearly, or protect their vision with a pair of
sunglasses. Growing the Wear & Share™ program is our
top priority, as a remote community's needs can only
be understood once the mission team arrives. This
program can help ensure that every mission is fully
equipped with enough prescription glasses, sunglasses,
and readers to fit each community member with the form
of eyewear from which they'll benefit the most."
HOYA gives back by sponsoring Optometry Giving Sight,
Prevent Blindness, Transitions/VSP outreach mobile
clinic and various local events that touch the lives
of those in need.
Stephen Rappoport, President of L'Amy America, is
donating the gift of sight with the help of his valued
customers. Beginning in mid October through the end of
December, for every L'Amy America frame sold, another
will be donated to someone in need. The frames will be
donated to one of several highly respected charities
on behalf of the L'Amy customer. A tracking sheet is
available for ECPs to keep record of L'Amy frames
sold. This immensely successful charity effort
previously resulted in the donation of nearly 8,000
Lions Clubs International
For nearly 100 years, Lions Club members have worked
on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore
eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for
hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Partnering with other sight related organizations they
are able to offer services from eye screenings to
cataract surgeries. They accept used eyeglasses,
reading glasses, sunglasses and children's glasses.
New Eyes For The Needy
Since its founding in 1932, New Eyes has helped more
than 7,500,000 people in the U.S. and 87 countries
around the world to see clearly. They accept and
recycle donated eyeglasses for distribution to poor
people overseas. They also raise funding to benefit
their U.S. eyeglass voucher program by selling donated
jewelry and giftware.
As you will see, this doctor's vision for giving back
clearly sets him apart from the rest by offering those
in need a recyclable, spectacle, receptacle.
Dr. Jeffrey Lynch went to Peru with a team of medical
volunteers to perform cataract surgeries on the poor.
Those with vision problems showed up in droves but the
vast majority of them needed eyeglasses and not
surgery. His somewhat frustrating trip lead him in
another direction to offer sight to the needy. Dr.
Lynch founded Respectacle, a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization that uses the power of the Internet to
facilitate redistribution of quality, used eyeglasses
to underserved communities worldwide. Donated
eyeglasses deemed to be in “excellent” or “good” used
condition are cleaned, categorized, and loaded into
their online database based on the prescription.
Rather than shipping a box of used eyeglasses
somewhere and hoping for a match, those in need can
enter in their actual prescription and order a
VOSH/International-Volunteer Optometric Services To
The primary mission of VOSH/International is to
facilitate the provision and the sustainability of
vision care worldwide for people who can neither
afford nor obtain such care. Members include
optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, medical
personnel and trained laypersons.
“Volunteering to improve eye care to the needy does
not mean you have to spend a week in rural communities
without electricity or running water. We have many
levels of opportunity, starting with donating a pair
of eyeglasses.” Dr. Ellis Potter, President, VOSH/International
And there you have it, a starter list of reasons and
ways to give the gift of sight. So loosen up those
purse strings, roll up your sleeves and open your eyes
to the needs that surround you.
If you can't figure out how to give then maybe John
Seegers, the owner of www.OpticianWorks.com can give
you a free lesson or two on what it takes to become a
more competent optical dispensing professional. He
spends countless hours giving help to ECPs in need and
it all starts with you.
I would like to thank the above ECPs, the academy, the
producers and the editor for allowing me to donate
such valuable website information. Those who could not
be reached for comment were out doing great things.
Remember that no donation is too small, except for no
donation. So Give A Little Bit.
"Give a Little Bit" was written by Roger Hodgson,
co-founder of Supertramp.