New Glasses, New Eyes, New Lives

Join the New Eyes Challenge: Help us raise $60,000 to earn our $-for-$ match, doubling our impact and ability to provide eyeglasses for 900+ people in need.
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Jean Gajano
Health
Short Hills, New Jersey
United States
2 Team Members

New Eyes provides free prescription eyeglasses to those less fortunate in the US, and has been offered a generous dollar-for-dollar matching gift of $60,000 that only you can help us achieve.

If you wear glasses, try to get through one day without them. Make your meals, drive your car, catch your train or bus, do your work or go to class. Attend to all your responsibilities and see how you do.  Me? I know my day would be a non-starter without my glasses. I’d be hard-pressed to find my way out of bed.

But I’m lucky, and maybe you are too. I have the resources to buy my glasses so I can lead a full and productive life. But not everyone is so lucky. Decisions are made when finances are squeezed: pay the heating bill or buy glasses; feed the kids or buy glasses; pay the rent or buy glasses. Glasses lose out every time. Clear vision is a luxury that people in financial need cannot afford  - but those glasses are the key to a productive and meaningful life. You can help break the cycle!

Since 1932, New Eyes has provided new prescription eyeglasses to those in financial need living in the United States.  We give children and adults the tool they need to navigate their way to a successful life - a basic pair of glasses. It’s simple yet powerful.

Right now, New Eyes has over 900 individuals on our wait list who need eyeglasses. The sharp increase in applications for new glasses has outstripped our funding and for the first time in our history, New Eyes is not accepting new applications except from a few states for which we have specific limited funding.  We know there are literally thousands of people who need our help, but we just do not have the funding to assist them.

An anonymous donor has generously offered a $60,000 matching gift to New Eyes to help these 900 people and more, but we need your assistance to receive that gift. Please give - your donation will change lives!

What We Need & What You Get

New Eyes needs $60,000 (in conjunction with our matching $60,000 gift) to purchase new prescription eyeglasses to clear our wait list of over 900 disadvantaged individuals  and to meet the need for new applications. The average price for a new pair of prescription glasses in the United States is $244. New Eyes pays an average of $56 per pair. We work through a voucher system where approved New Eyes applicants receive a voucher. With that voucher, they can go to any optical dispenser to have their eyeglasses made as long as the dispenser is willing to accept our reimbursement rates. The voucher represents full payment for the eyeglasses. It can not be used as a partial payment - the voucher is meant for the absolute neediest individuals who have no other resources with which to buy eyeglasses.We have a wide network of optical dispensers who work with New Eyes; in our fiscal year of 2012-13, we helped people in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

If we do not meet our matching, we will use your donation to buy new eyeglasses for the needy and your money will go directly to the individuals who have been waiting longest. We may not be able to clear our wait list, but your financial gift will buy glasses for someone in need in the U.S.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR PERKS!

 

 

Click on links below to learn more about some of our perks!

Suja Juice

Stuff You Already Know*

EyeRock Concert at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square

The Impact 

New Eyes glasses change lives by enabling our recipients to have clear vision, a basic need to live an independent and productive life. Since 1932, New Eyes has helped over 395,000 people in need in the United States. The best way to know about our impact is to hear from our clients themselves:

Other Ways You Can Help

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New Eyes also recycles and distributes used glasses to the poor overseas. If you cannot help us financially, please consider sending up your used glasses, those pairs you no longer need at the bottom of your purse or in the back of a drawer. Or better yet, conduct a collection drive in your community on behalf of New Eyes. You can click here for more information on how to sponsor a used eyeglass collection.

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$60,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 21, 2014
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  • $28USD
    New Eyes Glasses Pin

    $28 purchases half a pair of prescription glasses. You will receive a one-inch wide New Eyes Eyeglasses Pin to commemorate your contribution to New Eyes.

    2 out of 275 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $56USD
    Suja Elements Coupon & Pin

    $56 purchases one pair of prescription eyeglasses. You will receive a coupon for a free bottle of Suja Elements, organic cold pressed fruit and vegetable juice. Suja is a donating corporate partner to New Eyes. You will also receive a one-inch wide eyeglasses pin.

    1 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $112USD
    Collectible Trinket Box

    $112 purchases 2 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. Receive a miniature eyeglass case porcelain hinged trinket box including a miniature sunglasses ornament to display on your desk at work or your dresser at home.

    0 out of 140 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $112USD
    New Eyes Reusable Tote

    $112 purchases 2 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. You will receive a large reusable New Eyes tote bag that makes a wonderful alternative to in-store packaging and fits more too! Boast your support for New Eyes while running your errands.

    0 out of 26 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $280USD
    Case of Suja Elements

    $280 purchases 5 people their prescription eyeglasses. Enjoy a delicious and healthy case of Suja Elements 24 Karat organic smoothies. Drink well while doing good!

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $560USD
    Copy of Stuff you Already Know

    $560 purchases 10 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. Receive a copy of, "Stuff You Already Know...And Everybody Should", an inspiring, wise and generous book filled with 437 nuggets and accompanying stories that will make you smile, make you think and motivate you to live more fully than ever before. New Eyes staff members and volunteers have been inspired by this amazing and moving book. Share it with us and feel its impact!

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,120USD
    2 Tickets to Eye Rock Concert

    $1120 purchases 20 pairs of prescription eyeglasses. Receive two complimentary tickets to the exclusive New Eyes-EyeRock Concert on March 29, 2014 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Join us for a night of Rock 'n' Roll as we celebrate New Eyes amid professional and amateur musicians working in the vision industry with other celebrity musicians (TBA). These tickets will be much in demand, so get yours now!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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