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Announcing Start of NJCURE Pilot Program

April 22, 2013

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

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