VSP Vision Care charity programs fund more than $8.7 million in aid in 2011

Rancho Cordova, Calif., March 5, 2012 – VSP® Vision Care (www.vsp.com) announces that in 2011 the organization invested more than $8.7 million in free eyecare and eyewear for 86,594 adults and children in need throughout the United States.
As the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States, VSP has a long-standing commitment to giving back to the community, having launched its first charity program, Sight for Students®, more than 15 years ago. Today, VSP has three charity care programs that benefit both patients and doctors which include: Sight for Students®, VSP Mobile Eyes® and Eyes of Hope®
Since 1997, through these programs and through relationships with organizations including the American Red Cross® and Prevent Blindness America, VSP has invested  $143 million in free eyecare and eyewear for 747,615 adults and children in need throughout the United States.
“Good vision increases opportunities for a person to reach their full potential,” said Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care. “At VSP, it is a priority for us to give back, and we are proud to continue offering programs to support those who are underserved or affected by a disaster.”
Mobile Eyes 
About Program: Provides community outreach and disaster assistance by loaning, at no-cost, three mobile eyecare clinics and portable ophthalmic equipment to doctors in the area to provide necessary eyecare.
Number of mobile eye clinics: 3
Gift certificates provided to American Red Cross: 3,100
People helped through on-site disaster relief services: 5,000
Number of VSP eye doctor volunteers: 242
Number of clinic events across the U.S.: 103
Disaster relief was a major focus of VSP Mobile Eyes, program following the devastating flooding in the mid-west and tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Joplin, Mo. in May 2011
”Natural disasters do not discriminate, and missing something as critical as a pair of glasses can make the rebuilding process even more difficult,” said Lauri Rhinehart, Vice President of Development Operations from the American Red Cross. “Partnering with VSP to provide free eyecare and glasses has been invaluable to those affected by the disasters and adds another layer of aid to those in need.” 
Sight for Students
About Program: The longest running VSP Charity program, provides a comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, glasses to low-income, uninsured children.
Children helped through program: 43,448
Children with signs of chronic disease detected: 63
Percentage with signs of diabetes detected: 60 percent
Number of community partners participating in program (such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National Association of School Nurses): 14 
“It was hard for Allison to pay attention in school and, as a result, her grades were suffering,” said Amy Fournier, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, whose daughter received free eyecare through Sight for Students.  “Since she received her new glasses, her grades have improved and she is more motivated inside and outside of school.”
Eyes of Hope
About Program: An eyewear donation program, through which VSP partners with communities across the U.S. to help serve the more than one billion people globally who can’t afford or don’t have access to eyewear.
Number of glasses collected: 27,813
Since inception of program:  117,558
Mission Trips supported: 4
Distribution locations: Dominica, Haiti, Ethiopia
To learn more about all of the VSP charity programs, go to www.vspglobal.com and select Global Outreach.
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM includes VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 57 million members; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity®/Officemate® which offer innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.  






Pat McNeil