Kids Vision for Life Orange County
|Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years||No|
|Employer Identification Number||33-1174387 --|
Mission StatementMORE »
To eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.
To eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences.
Essilor Vision Foundation is a 501(c)(3) operating public charity, founded in 2007 by Essilor of America, with the mission to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences. To fulfill the mission, EVF has established strategic, local partnerships in communities throughout the United States to increase access to vision screenings, eye exams and new prescription eyeglasses. In 2008, EVF’s first program, Kids Vision for Life, was launched, and since then EVF has added an Employee Engagement program as well as Special Initiatives, which supports collaborative efforts with groups engaged in vision health. Employee Engagement fosters a “Culture of Giving” for Essilor employees through volunteering, partnering and donating. To-date, over 120 employees have contributed their time and talents to programs nationwide. EVF Special Initiatives offer opportunities for EVF to partner with organizations looking to provide or enhance a current vision services program impacting students. EVF partners with Special Olympics, where they provide the prescription lenses for glasses and sports goggles to all participating athletes through the Opening Eyes initiative led by Lions Club International.
Kids Vision for Life—the cornerstone community program of EVF—was launched in 2008 and provides vision services to low-income students at no cost to the family through mobile clinics at the schools, school vision days, community vision fests and other special events. In addition to increasing access to vision services in local schools, Kids Vision for Life trusts that correcting vision early in a child’s life will help bridge the gap between a child’s ability to see well and the child’s ability to read and learn at capacity.
Whether in directly serving the needs of underserved students through Kids Vision for Life, fostering our employee-based culture of giving or supporting other vital community programs, EVF works to expand its outreach to eliminate poor vision and its deleterious effects.
Kids Vision for Life Orange County seeks to achieve the following goals: Increase access to vision services for low-income, underserved students in targeted public schools in Orange County, Raise community awareness about the vision needs of children and the importance of maintaining good eye health and Improve the vision and academic potential of disadvantaged children in these communities
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision impairment is one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the US. Research from the Vision Impact Institute indicates that 25% of school age children have a vision impairment. Nearsightedness, or myopia, is the most common refractive error of the eye, and it has become widespread in recent years. With early detection it is estimated that upwards of 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. However, detection is often limited by basic access to services, as research from the Campaign for Educational Equity reports that low income youth are at a greater risk of unrecognized and untreated vision problems and have a higher rate of unmet needs for vision care services.
While vision screenings are widespread in the nation’s schools, these efforts often lack follow-up because of barriers common to low-income families. Limited financial resources, insufficient insurance coverage and lack of transportation are primary barriers to access for many low-income families.We specifically have funding needs to continue and expand vision services for area youth and for transportation costs to bus students between the optometrist or central examination location. We estimate it costs upwards of $100.00 per child to connect vision services directly with the students. This cost will provide, a vision screening, an eye exam and a new pair of prescription eyeglasses to students in need.
Funding supports expansion within Orange County schools to provide additional exams for students in need. As EVF strives to build programs to combat poor vision and its lifelong consequences, new partnerships. volunteers and funding are vital to strengthening the health of Orange County students and their learning opportunities.
No matter what your level of experience is, we need volunteers at our vision screenings and clinics. We need help with registration of students and assisting our various professionals in the many tasks throughout the day.
If you are interested in a more technical role, we provide vision screening certification courses.
To volunteer: https://www.essilorvisionfoundation.org/myevf/volunteer.php
It is through the many generous donations, both large and small, that provide opportunities for our programs across the nation.
If you are with a foundation or organization that is interested in partnering, please contact Jayci Giaccone at [email protected]
Throughout the United States
|Kids Vision For Life is a program that provides free vision care for children who otherwise can not afford it. We work with low-income elementary schools in a particular market where we can bring together business leaders, other non-profits, companies and volunteers to form a coalition of people who all believe the children in their community need to be provided good vision care. We work with the local schools to identify those schools who need assistance with annual vision screenings and for those children who do not have any vision insurance and who have failed their state vision test, we bring a local eye doctor to the school with portable examination units, or transport the students to a central location for exams. The children who need eyeglasses are fit with new frames. The frames are sent to an Essilor of America laboratory for manufacturing and returned to the school and adjusted for each student.|
|Category||Health Care, General/Other Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services|
|Population Served||Children Only (5 - 14 years)|
|Program Short-Term Success||All students who are screened and require a vision exam and glasses will receive services at no cost to the family.|
|Program Long-Term Success||With funding, we can expand our program to many low-income elementary schools throughout the US and eliminate vision impairment in elementary age students.|
|Program Success Monitored By||Monthly report cards to the Board and the Advisory Committee|
|Examples of Program Success||
Through early intervention of vision correction, we intend to enhance the student’s academic ability—when a student’s vision is corrected his capacity to see is improved and ability to learn may be increased. In a recent study conducted by Southern Methodist University, researchers analyzed and compared changes in attendance rates and test scores over a two-year period of students who received eyeglasses through the Kids Vision for Life program. Attendance and test scores were compared between 63 students who received eyeglasses and 107 control students. The study concludes that receipt of eyeglasses had a positive impact on attendance, reading scores and math scores of children diagnosed with vision problems. We anticipate a similar benefit for students in Orange County who receive services through Kids Vision for Life.
|CEO/Executive Director||Kimberly Schuy|
|CEO Term Start||2016|
|CEO Email||[email protected]|
|External Assessment or Accreditation||Year|
|Number of Full Time Staff||16|
|Number of Part Time Staff||0|
|Number of Volunteers||300|
|Number of Contract Staff||8|
|Staff Retention Rate %||--|
|Staff Professional Development||Yes|
|Ethnicity||African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
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Other (if specified): --
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|Organization has Fundraising Plan?||Yes|
|Organization has Strategic Plan?||Yes|
|Years Strategic Plan Considers||--|
|Management Succession Plan||--|
|Organization Policies And Procedures||--|
|Business Continuity of Operations Plan||--|
|Whistle Blower Policy||--|
|Document Destruction Policy||--|
|Directors and Officers Insurance Policy||--|
|Management Reports to Board?||--|
|CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency||-- --|
|Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency||-- --|
|Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency||-- --|
|Board Chair||Mr. Bob Colucci|
|Board Chair Company Affiliation||Chairman|
|Board Chair Term||-|
|Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation||--|
|Board Co-Chair Term||-|
|Mr. Bob Colucci||Chairman of the Board||Voting|
|Ms. Donna DeVarona||Member||Voting|
|Ms. Liz DiGiandomenico||Member||Voting|
|Mr. Patrick Esquerré||Member||Voting|
|Dr. Raymund King||Member||Voting|
|Mr. Eric Leonard||Member||Voting|
|Mr. David Milan||Secretary||Voting|
|Mr. Kevin Rupp||Member & Treasurer||Voting|
|Ms. Kimberly Schuy||Member||Voting|
|Mr. Joel Shannon||Member & Treasurer||Voting|
|Ethnicity||African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Not Specified 0
|Board Term Lengths||--|
|Board Term Limits||--|
|Board Meeting Attendance %||--|
|Written Board Selection Criteria||Yes|
|Written Conflict Of Interest Policy||Yes|
|Percentage of Monetary Contributions||60%|
|Percentage of In-Kind Contributions||0%|
|Fiscal Year||Jan 31, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016|
|IRS Letter of Exemption|
|Indirect Public Support||$0||$0||$0|
|Investment Income, Net of Losses||$225||$169||$106|
|Payments to Affiliates||$0||$0||$0|
|Total Revenue/Total Expenses||0.79||1.30||0.98|
|Program Expense/Total Expenses||79%||86%||84%|
|Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue||6%||6%||9%|
|Total Net Assets||$1,476,105||$1,480,533||$884,324|
|Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities||0.86||3.86||1.62|
|Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets||0%||0%||0%|
|Are you currently in a Capital Campaign?||No|
|Capital Campaign Purpose||--|
|Capital Campaign Dates||-|
|Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount||--|
|Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?||--|
|No Other Documents currently available.|