Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity
-New England Chapter-
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VOSH is an international organization of dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to eliminate preventable blindness and to assist those who cannot obtain or afford vision care both in the USA and in underdeveloped countries around the globe. Our services include eye exams, glasses, and medications. When possible, we also facilitate donations of equipment and textbooks to fledgling optometry schools and help establish and support permanent eye care programs run by local populations.
The vision for Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH), originated with Kansas Optometrist Franklin Harms, OD, in 1972. Today, VOSH/INTERNATIONAL has 35 regional Chapters and 25 student Chapters around the globe, including our own New England Chapter, VOSH-ONE .VOSH-ONE (Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity of New England) got underway in 1998 when Joe D’Amico, OD, Lee Lerner, OD, the late Phil Richmond, OD, and Harry Zeltzer, OD, formed VOSH-NECO (Volunteers in Optometric Service to New England ), with board representation from the 6 New England states. In addition to a cadre of dedicated optometrists, VOSH volunteers today include ophthalmologists, medical personnel and trained lay personnel. Volunteers have no political or religious agenda, but we do sometimes work with religious or government groups that are committed to tolerance.
VOSH volunteers pay their own way when going on trips. Their reward is the satisfaction derived from helping others. The experience is so self-rewarding that many volunteer year after year. VOSH-ONE is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization so all donations are tax-deductible.
In Memoriam: Jacqueline and Philip Richmond
It was with much sadness that we learned of the passing of Jacqueline Richmond of Newton, MA earlier this year. Many of you will remember Jackie's husband, Dr. Philip Richmond, who was an active participant in VOSH as well as in the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.
Phil Richmond served on many VOSH trips and was one of the four founding members of VOSH-ONE (then VOSH-NECO) during the mid 1990s. He authored the initial by-laws for the Chapter, served as its first president and did much of the writing for those first issues of the Chapter's newsletters. While Jackie did not directly participate in VOSH trips, she was supportive of the time and effort Phil put into our organization and attended some of our local gatherings.
Phil passed away shortly after the Chapter got underway. Jackie continued her support by making annual donations to the Chapter right up to the time of her death. Relatives of the Richmond family have also made donations to the Chapter for many years, including a donation that was just made in honor of Jackie and Phil by their grandchildren. We would like to express our appreciation for their recent donation.
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