"We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need, because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences."
-Miya Yamanouchi

Our Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of New Eyes for the Needy.

Their energy and enthusiasm fuel the recycling program that provides eyeglasses overseas. They acknowledge the generous donations of glasses, jewelry and giftware from people all over the country. They operate the Fabulous Finds Jewelry & Giftware Boutique that helps pay for eyeglasses for poor U.S. residents. They provide administrative support for our staff so that New Eyes’ resources are dedicated to services rather than administrative tasks.

New Eyes is blessed with over 200 adult and 55 student volunteers. In addition, many civic, corporate and religious groups come to New Eyes to sort and test glasses.

Our volunteers are a diverse group: retirees, homemakers, and students; individuals and groups; volunteers who come for one day or 50 years.

Each volunteer shares a genuine commitment to helping poor children and adults have a clearer and brighter future.

New volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Scroll Down to learn more about the different ways you can volunteer 



Interested in volunteering at our Short Hills, NJ office? 

Contact Sally Golding, our volunteer manager


Email Sally

The Different Ways You Can Volunteer:



New volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Volunteer sessions are scheduled during the week. 

Eyeglass Sorting (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings)
Acknowledging Eyeglass Donations (Thursday mornings)
Public Relations (Mondays at 1pm)
Thrift Store Pricing (Tuesday mornings)
Thrift Store Sale (Thursday afternoons and select Saturdays)
Giftware Pricing (one Monday per month)
Administrative Support (schedule varies)


Many local youth clubs, civic organizations, professional organizations, corporations and groups from houses of worship volunteer at New Eyes to sort, test and box glasses for our overseas program. Some groups come once a month, others come once a year.

Groups can schedule special sessions lasting a half day or full day on Thursday or Friday. 


High school students (age 14+) volunteer at New Eyes after school on Thursdays or during the summer to sort, test and box eyeglasses for our overseas program. New Eyes provides training and adult supervision. We log student volunteer hours and are happy to document those hours as needed.

In 2013, 29 high school and college students volunteered hundreds ofhours during their summer vacation. They sorted, tested and re-packaged thousands of pairs of donated eyeglasses for distribution overseas to poor people in developing countries. They helped with administrative tasks and spruced up the exterior of New Eyes by weeding, pruning and watering plants.