Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity
-New England Chapter -
* Upcoming meeting *
April 17, 2016
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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.
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