Every year 5,000 low-income 1st grade students enter the Denver Public School System without ever seeing an eye doctor. More than 1,900 of them need glasses. The Denver Public School System currently has more than 27,000 low-income students who need some level of vision correction. Von's Vision was formed on these statistics.
VON'S VISION DAY
The flagship outreach program of the foundation is Von’s Vision Day. This outreach program provides children from across our target markets, identified and invited through our relationships with schools, after-school programs, and community organizations, with access to free eye-screening and, if needed a free eye exam conducted by volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists. Von’s Vision Day also includes an optical center with frames provided through donations secured from regional, national and international manufacturers and retailers for use by children identified as being in need of corrective/prescription lenses. Through our industry partnerships, Von’s Vision fulfills the prescription lenses and delivers a final pair of prescription glasses to the program recipient.
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VON'S VISION DAY CELEBRATION AT MILE HIGH STADIUM
Each spring, all children and young adults in Denver who participated in a Von’s Vision Day program the prior year (with the exception of the Von’s Vision Fest) will be invited to a special Von’s Vision Day Celebration at Mile High Stadium. This program celebrates those impacted by the foundation and gives Von, himself, an opportunity to interact with these individuals, in some cases putting their glasses on them for the first time.
VON'S VISION CENTER
The newest program of the foundation, Von’s Vision Centers allow in-need students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the burden of transportation. These new centers are a customized optical center kiosk, located at local Boys & Girls Club and Texas A&M University, that hold fashionable eyewear and accessories, creating a unique and exciting optical center on wheels. In partnership with Hero Practice Services, volunteer medical providers will use portable equipment to conduct on-site eye screenings and exams at each Von’s Vision Center location. Children and young adults in need will “shop” for fashionable eyewear from the Von’s Vision Center and their fulfilled glasses will be delivered back to the participating Von’s Vision Center location. The Vision Center also holds Von’s Vision swag for the students to access, such as branded lens cleaning clothes, lens cleaning wipes, wrist bands, glasses cases, and more.
Von's Vision Exam Day at Texas A&M University
As an extension of the Von's Vision Center program, Von's Vision hosts 'Exam Days' on the campus of Texas A&M University for undergraduate students attending Von's alma mater on financial aid. Hosted at the new Von's Vision Center in the Student Health Services building, students are able to register for these monthly Exam Days, where the receive no-cost vision screenings, eye examinations and a new pair of prescription glasses. The program aims to ensure that subpar vision is not a barrier to students exceeding in the classroom and achieving a college degree. Texas A&M students interested in participating in this program can learn more by clicking here