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A LOOK BACK AT 2015-16

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

Our 2015-­16 fiscal year brought lots of work and excitement thanks to the enormous effort and support of so many: individual donors, foundations, corporations, and New Eyes’ devoted staff and volunteers. It was a year that allowed New Eyes to provide over 9,900 new prescription eyeglasses to United States residents living at or below the federal poverty level, a 50% increase from last fiscal year. In addition, New Eyes shipped over 245,000 pairs of used glasses to our partner missions for distribution to the poor in developing countries. Our results tell us a lot about the vibrancy of New Eyes; the work ethic of our board, staff and volunteers; and the commitment of all our supporters. Most of all, it tells us about the enormous need for our services, the need for the basic necessity of clear vision for so many disadvantaged people both here in the U.S. and abroad. 

As New Eyes approaches its 85th anniversary next year, we remember our founder, Julia Lawrence Terry, and how her personal mission to provide clear vision to society’s most vulnerable has helped over 8.5 million individuals since 1932. There’s still so much work to be done and our challenges for next year inspire us to create, innovate and do more. As the English writer and philosopher William Hazlitt said, “The more we do, the more we can do”.

New Eyes will do more. 


Jean Gajano

Executive Director

Jean Gajano, Executive Director

Jean Gajano, Executive Director

The more we do, the more we can do. ­

-William Hazlitt 


New Eyes by the Numbers



People whose vision has improved since 1932 thanks to New Eyes 


Eyeglasses purchased in the U.S. since 1932


Used eyeglasses distributed overseas in 2015-16


People in the U.S. who received eyeglasses in 2015-16


Volunteers: sorters, admins, acknowledgers, jewelry pricers, jewelry sales, high school students, corporate groups


Board Trustees hailing from AZ, CA, MA, NJ and WA


College Interns 


Staff Positions 


Mission: Eyeglasses



All expenses are in USD

2015-16 Programs Highlights

  • 9,910 new eyeglasses for U.S. residents in 49 states and the District of Columbia

  • Partnerships with 402 social service agencies in the United States and 1831 optical dispensers

  • Decrease in wait time from 4 weeks to 48 hours for New Eyes clients to receive a voucher thanks to new online eyeglass voucher application.

  • 248,945 used glasses for distribution overseas in 41 countries

  • 134 overseas mission partners in 41 countries. 


New Eyeglasses for Over 9,900 People!

In 2015-16, New Eyes' voucher program provided 9,910 new prescription eyeglasses for children and adults in financial need living in the United States, an increase of 50% from last year. 

Used Eyeglasses for Over 245,000 People Overseas in 40 Different Countries!

Special Events 


New Eyes held its 3rd annual EyeRock concert at Hard Rock to a sold­out crowd of 700 attendees. Many thanks to our special guest performer, Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister and to our sponsors and musicians who made it a great success, providing thousands of glasses to people in need! 

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Kids Rock for Vision


Local teen musicians performed at the 8th annual Kids Rock for Vision concert, raising $8,300 for new eyeglasses for children, bringing the total amount raised since its first concert to an astounding $55,000­ over 1,300 children helped in the U.S.! 

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We couldn't do all we do without them!

Special Recognition

Our one and only Jake Dalton, Board Member Emeritus and New Eyes Overseas Program Manager, received the prestigious Lifetime Service Award from the New Jersey Governor's Jefferson Awards for Public Service, considered the Nobel Prize of volunteerism. Jake, who celebrated his 90th birthday in March, has been an integral part of New Eyes for over 20 years!