Sept-Oct Newsletter: 9 Million People Helped, Thanks to You!

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Dear Partners and Friends,

As the holiday season begins, I am reminded of so much that we have to be grateful for. We have our health, our friends, and family. And we have you, our partners and sponsors, who have chosen to join us in this quest to help people in need see their world more clearly. For this, we are truly grateful.

This newsletter marks the end of another successful quarter for RestoringVision. We have now, with your help, provided clear vision to over 9M people since we started. Our goal of helping 20M people by 2020 is still ways away. But we are making great progress towards that target.

I also want to let you know that #GivingTuesday is coming up on November 28. Just like we did last year, we will be turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay. We’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 to help 25,000 people in need. In addition, we’ll have a promo code for our partners taking glasses in the field. Be on the lookout for a special email just for you. In the meantime, please be sure to add #GivingSightDay to your calendars.

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support. I know we couldn’t do it without you.

Best regards,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision.org


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July-Aug Newsletter: Almost 8 Million People Helped, Thanks to You!

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Dear Partners and Friends,

Thanks to you, it’s been an exciting year thus far. Together we’ve already helped over 1 million people and are nearing 8 million people helped since 2003. With your support, we’re on our way to reaching our goal of helping 20M people by 2020.

Much of what we have accomplished has been through raising awareness about the need for and impact that glasses have on people’s lives. With increased awareness, more and more people are taking glasses to the field and providing them to people who need these most. On October 12, World Sight Day, we will have an opportunity to raise more awareness together. World Sight Day is a call to action for people around the world to think about their vision as well as others’. This year we’re joining the movement and invite you to get involved by participating in our social media contest. This is no ordinary contest, it’s one in which every participant can win! To learn how to get involved, click here. Together, we can spread the word and help the millions of people who live with near vision impairment.

Lastly, if you need to order glasses for an upcoming mission trip, now would be a great time. We have lots of new, high-quality, reading glasses and sunglasses available. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the quality.

Thank you again for your support. As always, we couldn’t do this without you!

Best regards,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision.org



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Press Release: Impacting 20 Million Lives by 2020

RestoringVision announces a new goal to restore sight to 20 million people by the end of 2020

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.(May 30) —RestoringVision, an optical non-profit organization dedicated to providing new reading glasses and sunglasses to people in need around the world, has set a goal to help 20 million people by the end of 2020.

Since 2003, RestoringVision has been focusing its efforts on creating access to glasses for those earning less than $2 a day. To date, the organization has helped over 7 million people, and it is now raising the bar to impact 13 million more lives over the next four years.

“I’m very excited about our organization’s commitment to helping 20 million people by 2020,” said RestoringVision Founder Mark Sachs. “The need for glasses and the lack of access to them in disadvantaged communities is a problem that affects over 500 million individuals living with near vision impairment. Near vision impairment impacts their ability to work, learn, cook, and carry out daily tasks.”

Over the last two years, RestoringVision has built a capacity to distribute 5 million glasses per year. “With our strategic partnerships and distribution capacity in place, we are in a unique position to make a difference,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director. “To achieve this goal, we are looking to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones.”

The lack of access to available, affordable reading glasses in developing countries is one of the biggest global health problems affecting 1 in 7 people. In addition to the support of its 1,400 partners, RestoringVision is looking to raise awareness about the problem and get more people and organizations involved. “We are inviting everyone to join us and make this goal their goal. Charitable organizations and groups, corporations and individuals. Anyone can help,” said Mark Sachs.

To get involved or to learn more about RestoringVision, visit: www.restoringvision.org/20-million-2020, or contact them at info@restoringvision.org.

Watch this 3-minute video to see the work that RestoringVision does and the impact that it has on people’s lives.

Mar-Apr Newsletter: New Goal: 20 Million by 2020!

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Dear Partners and Friends,

Thanks to all of you for another great two months! We are on track for our best year yet. More and more people around the world are being able to see clearly thanks to you.

But to quote William Shakespeare, “What is past is prologue.” During the past 13+ years, we have together changed the lives of over 7 million people. With an estimated need of over 500 million people, we are challenged to do more.

To that end, I’m thrilled to announce our 20 Million by 2020 goal. We are setting our sights on reaching another 13 million people over the next 4 years. It is not going to be easy. It will take the ongoing support of people like you. But I believe we can do it.

We have developed the processes and systems needed to get the glasses to you quickly and still affordably so that you can count on us for your next mission trip. We have tools in place to help you set up your dispensaries for maximum impact. Most importantly, we have the top quality, new glasses to change people’s lives.

I’m grateful to you for all you have done to restore vision to people in need around the world. Now that we have a goal of helping 20 million people by 2020, I would like to encourage you to do more, not for you, not for us, but for those in need. Take more glasses on your next mission trip. Refer us to other, similarly minded groups, so they too can experience the joy of giving the Gift of Sight. And consider making glasses part of your annual programming.

Best wishes on the road ahead. Thank you for being our partners on this amazing journey.

Best regards,
Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision


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Jan-Feb Newsletter: 7 Million Thank You’s!

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Dear Partners and Friends,

I am excited to share the latest milestone we have reached together. We’ve now helped over 7 million people see clearly again in 124 countries since we started back in 2003. The numbers continue to amaze me! But, it’s not about the numbers. It’s about the people. People who can more fully appreciate the joys of life and can more successfully support their families and communities.

This accomplishment, of course, is also about you. Without your support we would have never been able to help this many people and reach this many countries. That is why we are making changes and improvements to help you be more successful in your missions. Some changes are small, some are more significant. But all are in the service of getting more glasses to the people who need them through you, our partners in this amazing journey.

To start, we have improved our turn-around time on orders through a more efficient and effective order processing system. We’ve recently streamlined our operations to Ohio and we are now fulfilling orders within 2-3 business days and delivering them to your door in about 5-7 business days. Lastly, we’ve improved our referral process. You can now easily refer us to other organizations and help us get more people involved.

The year has just started and there are more improvements to come and more good news to share with you. For now, we can only thank you for all you have done to give the Gift of Sight to 7 million people around the world. There are more people who need our help to restore their vision, 544 million by one estimate. If we keep working together and getting more organizations and people involved, we will be able to help them as well.

Best Regards,

Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision.org


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Press Release: General Vision Services Partners With RestoringVision

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NEW YORK—General Vision Services (GVS) has announced a new partnership with RestoringVision in an initiative to bring clear vision to people in need.

RestoringVision is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free new glasses to disadvantaged people in developing nations. As of Jan. 1, 2017, every time a GVS member uses their vision benefits via a GVS eyecare provider, GVS will donate a pair of glasses to a person in need.

Right now 2.5 billion people suffer from uncorrected vision impairments. Nearly 544 million of these people live in developing nations and only need reading glasses. RestoringVision has supplied over 6.5 million glasses to people in 116 countries around the world.

Myles Lewis, GVS’ CEO, said he is honored to join forces with this humanitarian initiative. “RestoringVision’s mission aligns perfectly with GVS’ commitment to accessible eyecare. Giving the gift of sight is such a generous, meaningful thing to do. Just by scheduling an eye exam for themselves, our members can change the lives of those in need.”

Mark Sachs, RestoringVision founder, added “We are excited to partner with GVS. With their support, we will be able to reach a greater number of communities and provide clear vision to even more people in need, enabling them to work, read, learn and lead productive lives again.”

Since its inception more than 60 years ago, GVS serves more than 3 million members of unions,HMOs and corporations. GVS continues to be a leading eyecare benefits administrator and preferred provider organization (PPO) provider of eyecare plans nationally.

 

Press Release: LasikPlus Announces New Partnership with RestoringVision

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LasikPlus Vision Centers Announces New Partnership with RestoringVision to Help Patients Around the World Find Visual Freedom

CINCINNATI, OH, January 10, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — LasikPlus, a leading provider of laser vision correction services, is proud to announce a new initiative, LasikPlus Cares, which will expand our scope to help change the lives of those in need through vision correction and humanitarian support throughout the United States and other countries. Through this program, we are launching relationships with, and making material donations to, both a global partner, RestoringVision, as well as many local community charities personally selected by the world-class doctors we are so proud to partner with and our local vision center teams.

At LasikPlus, our commitment is to change and improve patients’ lives with custom Laser Vision Correction (commonly referred to as “LASIK”) that helps eliminate the daily hassles of glasses and contacts. Our daily mission and promise is to provide every patient with state-of-the-art, industry-leading technology, amazing patient care and customer service from some of the most experienced LASIK doctors and health care professionals in the country, and great visual outcomes.

Speaking about LasikPlus Cares, Craig Joffe, CEO of LasikPlus, said, “LasikPlus Cares expands our ability to change and improve peoples’ lives through visual freedom, allowing our teams to build a more global and local philanthropic presence. Building off our long history and heritage in vision correction, we are humbled to play a small role in helping many people reclaim their lives both through the amazing work RestoringVision does providing reading glasses and sunglasses to those in need around the world, as well as providing support to our communities closer to home. Having already helped nearly 15,000 people through an initial pilot of the program in late 2016, we expect this initiative to touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in 2017 alone.”

RestoringVision Founder, Mark Sachs, added, “We are excited to welcome LasikPlus as a corporate sponsor, and grateful for their support. Through this partnership, we will be able to restore sight and profoundly impact the lives of more people in need, enabling them to work, read, learn and live productive lives again.”

 

RestoringVision distributes new reading glasses and sunglasses to charitable organizations serving disadvantaged people in developing countries. Approximately 2.5 billion people worldwide suffer from uncorrected vision impairment. 544 million people only need non-prescription reading glasses to correct their vision, but live in developing countries with limited or no access to glasses. Since 2003, RestoringVision has partnered with over 1,400 organizations and distributed more than 6.5 million glasses to people in 116 countries around the world. For more information about RestoringVision, please visit www.restoringvision.org.

LasikPlus Vision Centers was founded in 1995 by Dr. Stephen N. Joffe and his wife Sandra. Over the last two decades, the world-class surgeons we are so proud to partner with at LasikPlus have performed over 1.5 million laser vision correction procedures, helping so many Americans achieve 20/20 vision and enjoy freedom from the daily hassles of glasses and contacts. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, LasikPlus operates over 50 laser vision correction centers across the United States. For more information about LasikPlus or the new partnership with RestoringVision, please visit www.lasikplus.com, or contact Barb Kise at bkise@lasikplus.com or at 513-354-5847.

Happy Holidays from RestoringVision!

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MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER:

Dear Partners and Friends,

Gosh, it’s that time of year isn’t it? The time when we reflect and give thanks. When we count our many blessings and remember friends present and absent who’ve meant so much to us during this year.

I certainly have many blessings to count and be thankful for. Among those is the gift you all have given to us at RestoringVision. For as gratifying it is to see the pictures and hear the stories, we all know it would not be possible without your commitment of time, energy and money. Your boundless generosity allows us to continue to help others.

My New Year’s resolution to you is as long as you continue to want what we offer, we’ll be here to help your mission trips be more effective, more gratifying and more meaningful for you and the people you serve. With your help, the best is yet to come.

Happy Holidays to you all and my very best wishes for a wonderful 2017!

Sincerely,
Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision.org


THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT AN EXTRAORDINARY 2016!

RestoringVision Launches #GivingSightDay Campaign for #GivingTuesday

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—RestoringVision is turning this year’s #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay.

On behalf of the more than 2.5 billion people living with vision impairment and 500 million people who need reading glasses but lack access to them, RestoringVision aims to raise awareness and funds to provide reading glasses to people in need.

Funds raised during the #GivingSightDay campaign will be converted into glasses delivered to people in need. The first $5,000 raised will be matched by National Vision and 2020 Quest. All early donation will be doubled and an amount as little as 60 cents can help 2 people who need reading glasses.

To donate and see the number of people that will benefit from the donations visit restoringvision.org/donate. Watch the video below to learn more about RestoringVision and their #GivingSightDay efforts.