Frequently Asked Questions
What is New Eyes?
New Eyes is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-sectarian volunteer organization whose purpose is to improve the vision of the poor.
Empower children and adults in the United States and overseas with the improved vision they need to pursue a better quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities.
New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas.
New Eyes operates with 200 adult and 55 student volunteers and 3 staff positions.
How many poor people does New Eyes help?
Last year, New Eyes purchased new prescription eyeglasses for 6,006 people in the United States. The number of people we can help depends on our income from donations, grants, corporate gifts, special events and proceeds from the sale of donated scrap precious metal, hearing aids, jewelry and giftware.
We recycled 250,000 used eyeglasses for distribution to poor people overseas during 2014-15.
What happens to your donations?
Cash donations and the proceeds from the sale of scrap precious metal, hearing aids, jewelry and giftware are used to purchase new prescription eyeglasses for the poor in the United States. With $60, New Eyes can purchase a pair of new prescription eyeglasses for a child or adult in need.
Reusable eyeglasses are sorted and tested by volunteers and sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to poor people overseas.
Who does New Eyes help?
New Eyes helps poor people in the United States and developing nations to see clearly. Since our founding in 1932, New Eyes for the Needy has improved the vision of more than 8,000,000 poor people throughout the world.
How does New Eyes help poor children and adults?
- U.S. residents in need are given vouchers which are used to purchase new prescription eyeglasses.
- Reusable donated eyeglasses are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution in developing nations in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Mid-East and Europe.
How can you help?
New Eyes welcomes the following donations:
- Cash contributions. Just $60 buys a pair of glasses for someone in need. Donations are a unique way to honor or memorialize someone special
- Plastic frame eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses in good condition and metal frame eyeglasses in any condition
- Used hearing aids
- Jewelry and giftware
Collecting eyeglasses and other items for New Eyes is a good service project for any size organization. We can provide everything you need to conduct a successful collection drive.