These free eye screenings, exams, and prescription glasses during the third annual program at Hands in 4 Youth Camp Vacamas are in thanks to the partnership of Jonas Philanthropies and Vision to Learn.
For the third year in a row, Jonas Philanthropies’ Vision Health program and Vision to Learn are coming together to provide children in low-income communities at Hands in 4 Youth Camp with cost-free eye care efforts, including screenings, exams, and prescription glasses.1 This year’s event is bigger than previous years, as Jonas Philanthropies is more than doubling last year’s contributions, while also bringing additional support from Warby Parker.
As part of a larger partnership between the organizations, the July 26 event is only one that will bring accessible vision care to kids in Camp Vacamas and other summer camps throughout Northern New Jersey, anticipated to provide 1,770 screenings, 533 exams and 453 glasses.
Vision disability plays a role in children's lives into adulthood, interfering with their learning abilities and affecting their socioeconomic status, and is the single most prevalent pediatric disabling condition according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
After the COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to shut down, cutting children off from access to vision health programs provided at schools, Jonas Philanthropies partnered with Vision to Learn to provide an alternative route of accessibility by bringing mobile clinics to summer programs across New Jersey and have continued on in that tradition each year.