VOSH-ONE Member have traveled all over the world to bring eye care to those in need. Countries serviced by VOSH-ONE members in the past include Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, India , Romania, and Armenia.
Glasses Recycling Project at MCI-Norfolk
In 1999, to meet the demands of the vast number of used glasses that needed sorting and cleaning, we established the Prison Recycling Project which utilizes the labor of prison inmates at the Norfolk Massachusetts Correctional Institution. Two inmates have worked with us since the beginning of this project and have become quite adept at the skill. Donated glasses are shipped to the prison and the inmates sort them, discarding badly damaged frames or scratched lenses. They then verify the glasses prescription using auto-lensometers and clean the lenses. The glasses are then sorted into different categories (male, female, child) and boxed up for use on eye care missions going to locations around the globe.
In 2011, a scholarship fund was created for worthy optometry students at the New England College of Optometry. Two $1000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate true potential for leadership and volunteer initiative. Most applicants are very involved in student VOSH-ONE.
For VOSH-ONE missions, volunteers donate their time and travel expenses to help those in need. For those who cannot afford to travel or who do not have the time, there are other ways in which you can help. All you need to do is contact us to get involved. VOSH-ONE can be an exciting and fulfilling addition to your life. In developing countries, most people are not fortunate enough to have access to the health care that we have here in the United States. For many of these people, the VOSH-ONE mission team may provide the only eye care they will ever have. In small villages and towns around the world, VOSH-ONE has provided quality eye care to thousands of deserving patients. Patients of all ages are thankful to have the chance to see again.