Who We Are
We are a group of young idealists with an ardent desire to fight world poverty. We firmly believe in our human mandate to provide assistance to those living in poverty. EYEsee is the result of this conviction.
We understood that poor vision contributes directly to poverty in the Third World countries. Poor eyesight leads to unemployment and the inability to support a family. It keeps a person from achieving economic self-reliance. It reduces individual productivity and diminishes the quality of life. It also adversely affects the quality of education in the poorer countries.
For the world's poor, eye care and eyeglasses are beyond their means. Food, shelter, medicine, and clothing take up all their meager financial resources and eyeglasses are simply held for another time when they hope to have extra income to buy them.
What's anomalous about this problem is that more than 4 million eyeglasses are discarded in the U.S. each year. Despite collection efforts by large service organizations, 3 million eyeglasses remain uncollected. We feel that this is just too high a number to ignore in the context of the desperate need for eyeglasses in many parts of the world. These statistics simply confront us with the reality of the need for a more active and sustained effort to recycle used eyeglasses.
EYEsee was founded in the summer of 2008 as an entirely student-run international health mission. We saw that by collecting as many eyeglasses that are being discarded in the U.S. and then partnering with international humanitarian organizations to distribute those eyeglasses to the world's poor, we can alleviate some of their poverty. We are committed to helping the world's poor experience corrected vision with recycled eyeglasses and in so doing advance their economic wellbeing. We embrace the believe that everyone has the right to see clearly.
EYEsee Leadership Team
Founder & President
"EYEsee is the work of many hands; it shows what a community of supporters can accomplish together in the fight against global poverty."
Regional Chapter Director - Core
415 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
“I started a new EYEsee Chapter in my school for a number of reasons. First, there are no chapters in the state of Pennsylvania or really anywhere in the area, and I hope to help get the EYEsee name out there in a more widespread capacity. In addition, I really enjoyed the work I did in 2012-2013 with EYEsee and I feel that having a chapter in Lancaster will really help to advance the goals of the EYEsee organization in general.”
EYEsee Regional Chapter Director - West
"I am very excited to be a leader of the EYEsee program. I have been wearing contacts and/or eyeglasses for 3 years. It is a blessing to be able to share the gift of sight to less fortunate individuals."
Regional Chapter Director - East
"I joined EYEsee because I wanted to make a positive and meaningful impact in the world. As an individual who wears glasses, I am able to understand the hardships that can deprive others of an enriching life due to an inability to see clearly without corrective lenses. EYEsee's dedicated mission helps to restore the dignity of others by alleviating an obstacle that inhibits productivity and granting opportunity to make a difference in the world."
President, EYEsee Chapter at Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
“I believe that providing sight to people who otherwise can’t obtain it is a goal worthy of anybody’s time. That belief, coupled with my love for entrepreneurship and my ambitious personality, made being president of an EYEsee chapter an appealing activity for me. As NIU chapter president, I hope to expand it as an organization. The goal is to make the NIU EYEsee chapter known to every person on campus and the surrounding areas so that when anyone is changing eyeglass prescriptions their first thought is to donate their eyeglasses to us. We want to become a brand in the same way the Salvation Army is a brand that people look to when they have old clothes to donate. Our first collection drive will be assisted by the programming director of the University Honors Program here and possibly the university president.”
President, EYEsee Chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana
1002 W. College Court, Urbana, IL 61801
“I’m starting a new EYEsee chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana so that I can make a philanthropic effort in my community while also raising awareness of a needthat isn’t well recognized. I hope to gain experience in leading a team towards a common goal and wish to leave a legacy behind for other students.”
President, EYEsee Chapter at Atlantic Urology Associates
495 Iron Bridge Road Suite 11 Freehold, NJ 07728
“I am so excited to take over as the President of the New Jersey chapter of EYEsee. I am dedicated to this great organization which allows students to contribute so much to such a worthy and necessary cause. I am someone who spends a lot of time doing service in my community, as a volunteer tutor, an assistant in a local science club, and as the founder and President of my school's Student of Service club. I think it is so important to do service and give back. EYEsee is a great way to do this!”
President, EYEsee Chapter at Desert Mountain High School
“Being able to be part of such an important mission has changed my life for the better. Being able to contribute to EYEsee has made me feel that I can make a difference and help those who are in need of it. The sense of sight is one of the most vital components needed to live life fully, and being able to aid those who have trouble with sight is a rewarding feeling unlike any other. I have introduced my friends to EYEsee and they have grown just as dedicated to it as I have, and I plan to further my chapter in the near future.”
Co-President, EYEsee Chapter at Conant High School
“When I was was first introduced to EYEsee, it sounded like so much fun to be involved with. Being able to do the smallest thing to make a huge difference was something I wanted to do. Now that I have started a chapter at Conant, I can't wait to see how it grows and I hope more and more students become a part of this amazing organization! ”
Co-President, EYEsee Chapter at Conant High School
“When I first discovered EYEsee, I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be a part of. Knowing that a pair of glasses I held in my own hands would eventually reach someone who really needed them was one of the coolest feelings I've ever had. My favorite teacher always told me that the things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. ”