PHILANTHROPIC OPPORTUNITIES

MOA members can give back through the following organizations.

InfantSEE®
InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage.

Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation
Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation is optometry's premier philanthropic and charitable organization, and is the catalyst to making a difference in advancing eye health, vision care and the general well-being of the public through scientific, educational, charitable, and public service activities of the profession of optometry.

Optometry Giving Sight
Optometry Giving Sight funds projects that seek to ensur esustainable, lasting results in three ways:  eye care service delivery (exams, low-cost eye glasses and low-vision devices); human resources (training of optometrists, eye care personnel and their teachers); and infrastructure development (establishment and support of vision centres, eye clinics and schools of optometry).  To date, more than $3 million has been allocated/disbursed to projects that have helped to screen and provide basic eye care services to more than 1.7 million people, train 1550 mid-level eye care personnel and create more than 100 vision centres/optical workshops. 



Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief
The mission of Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief is to assist optometrists whose lives and practices have been disrupted by natural disasters.  The Fund strives to provide all optometrists who have experienced severe damage to their practice and/or home with immediate financial relief.


Partnership Foundation for Optometric Education
The Partnership Foundation for Optometric Education is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1996 by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA). It is separately incorporated to control its own activities, including finances.  The Partnership was conceived as a direct result of the 1992-1994 Georgetown Summit: A Critical Assessment of Optometric Education, which concluded that, with government funding virtually nonexistent and capital needs then estimated to be $1.6 billion, a new vehicle was critical to ensure the future viability of the optometric education enterprise

Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes®
Since 2001, the Lions Clubs International Foundation's generous support has made it possible to expand Special Olympics' Opening Eyes initiative globally. The contribution not only maintains and improves all aspects of the initiative, but also helps provide volunteer support to the organization.

VISION USA
VISION USA can help if patients do not quality for government aid or private health care assistance that covers the cost of routine eye or vision care.  VISION USA provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and their famiies.  VISION USA was established in 1991 by AOA doctors of optometry who donate their services.



VOSH/International - Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity
The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care. In December 2001 VOSH partnered with the World Health Organization and pledged to eliminate preventable blindness by the year 2020.

MONTANA OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION

36 S. Last Chance Gulch, Suite A

Helena, MT  59601

Phone:  (406) 443-1160

Fax:  (406) 443-4614