They're bringing vision care, eyewear, clothing and fashion accessories to those in need.
(Press Release) RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A charitable collaboration, first developed through Hurricane Harvey outreach, is now taking formal shape in a year-long effort to provide access to comprehensive eye exams, prescription glasses, beauty and fashion items where they are needed most. VSP Global, which includes the nation’s largest not-for-profit vision benefits company, and GLAM4GOOD, the award-winning empowerment platform and non-profit organization, announced that they are joining forces to make a greater impact in the communities they serve.
After Hurricane Harvey, VSP Global joined GLAM4GOOD in Houston, TX, to help 750 teachers and educators who had lost everything. GLAM4GOOD organized a “shopping spree for free,” and local VSP network doctors, all of whom had practices damaged or destroyed by the hurricane, volunteered to provide no-cost eye exams with prescription glasses made onsite with the VSP Global Eyes of Hope mobile eye care clinic.
This year, the two organizations partnered again in San Juan, Puerto Rico, eight months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. San Jorge Children’s Hospital patient floors were transformed into eye exam rooms and mini-boutiques filled with clothing, accessories, toys and designer eyewear for pediatric patients and their families.
“GLAM4GOOD helps empower individuals faced with hardships like homelessness, domestic violence, illness and natural disasters; circumstances where our mission to empower dignity, hope and joy teamed with providing new wardrobes, beauty services and personal care essentials can go a long way towards setting a path forward,” said Mary Alice Stephenson, founder of GLAM4GOOD. “Teaming up with VSP Global has allowed us to offer those we serve access to eye care and eye wear that is critical to their overall health and well-being and ultimately their future.”
Additional initiatives where VSP Global and GLAM4GOOD are partnering include a recent outreach event in New York City, where 150 seniors at the High School of Fashion Industries had the opportunity to shop for workwear and receive eye exams from local VSP network doctors who volunteered their services and glasses from Nine West Eyewear, helping set them up for success as they journey into the world of style.
“Our collaboration with GLAM4GOOD enables our organization to broaden access to care for those who need it most in a truly unique way,” said Michael Guyette, president and CEO of VSP Global. “Our complementary missions have seamlessly come together to combine the joy of fashion with the transformative effects of an eye exam and glasses to help communities in need.”
This fall, the two organizations, alongside the New York City Administration for Children's Services, will host an adoption day celebration in recognition of those who help make adoption a reality. For more information about VSP Global Eyes of Hope charitable programs, visit globaleyesofhope.com.