Trenton, April 1, 2013 — The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization that is run by unpaid volunteers, is pleased to announce the start of the NJ CURE ‘Pilot” Program. The goal of this Pilot Program is to make it possible for any individual in New Jersey, who does not have insurance or does not have the financial ability to pay for an eye exam or a pair of eyeglasses, to receive assistance through NJ CURE with the application help of a local Lions Club and a local Eyecare Provider who is willing to donate an eye exam. NJ CURE will then provide the prescribed eyeglasses to the Eyecare Provider who fits the eyeglasses to the person who received the donated eye exam.
Due to challenging economic times and growing unemployment, the reality is that more people are losing jobs and their vision coverage. According to NJ CURE Coordinator, Alan Brewer, “It is not unreasonable to ask a local Eyecare Provider to give a little time to help someone less fortunate in a town where they make their living– it just makes good sense to give back.” Lions will also benefit from having a network of volunteer Eyecare Providers willing to help area residents.
The NJ CURE Pilot program is designed to “correct uncorrected refractive error”, in other words to correct poor vision, and to assist those financially indigent people who otherwise could not afford to get quality eye care. This “grass root” effort will also help to reestablish a local Lions Clubs visibility in the community while assisting needy people to secure the “Gift of Sight”. According to President Alan Brewer, “Lions will now have access to their own statewide vision program which is designed to help Lions Clubs assist people in their local communities.” Read more here
NJ Eyeglass Recycling Month Proclamation
Julian Daum completed an Eagle Scout project entitled: Eyeglasses, Sunglasses and Hearing Aid Recycling. His efforts resulted in 582 eyeglasses & sunglasses, 24 hearing aids & 20 hearing aid batteries being collected. To read more about Julian’s Eagle Scout project and see other images click here.
December 20, 2012
The Atlantic City Bangladesh American Lions Club arrived at NJ Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
to take delivery of 12,400 pair (2 Pallets) of recycled eyeglasses which were shipped to
District 315 B4 in Bangladesh for free distribution. Lion Saiful Islam presented a donation
check for $500.00 at the time of the visit.
Thomas Caiazza Boy Scout Troop 139 Howard Beach, New York receives Eagle Scout for NJLERC Project (January 2012)
Thomas Caiazza and Boy Scout Troop 139 Howard Beach, NY
At the age of 15 and a sophomore at the Scholars Academy in Rockaway Park, NY and as a life scout Thomas Caizza began to plan his Eagle Scout Project He had to plan, develop, and give leadership to a project that would be helpful to people in his community. As he researched various topics he discovered the New Jersey Lions Club Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Recycling center. He thought that collecting used eyeglass and hearing aids would help his community recycle products that would be useful to the needy around the world. He then began planning his project “Sight and Sound for the Needy.”
Once his project was approved he began contacting local senior centers and churches to schedule collection drives. He presented his idea to the members of the Rockaway Blvd. Senior Center. Some of his fellow scouts and he set up a collection station at the Rockaway Blvd. Senior Center. The members were both gracious and excited that they could help them find new homes for their old eyeglasses and hearing aids. Two senior centers helped start his project collection with 221 pairs of eyeglasses and 2 pairs of hearing aids.
The second part of his project was to set up collection stations outside local churches during Sunday mass. Notices were placed in the church bulletins notifying people of the eyeglass and hearing aid collection drive. Nativity parishioners donated 209 pairs of eyeglasses and 12 pairs of hearing aids. St Helen parishioners contributed 243 pairs of eyeglasses and 5 pairs of hearing aids.
In total his project was able to collect 672 pairs of eyeglasses and 19 pairs of hearing aids.
In January 2, 2012 he contributed his collection to the New Jersey Lions Club recycling center.
Photos from a medical mission to Guatemala where a team worked in Guatemala City as well as a remote area called Rio Dulce near the Caribbean Sea. They were able to provide 1,600 pairs of glasses away during our trip. Three very remote villages also visited during this time and despite many challenges about 200 glasses were provided to these three villages.