District 20-E2 Eyeglass Reclamation Project
USED EYEGLASS COLLECTION PROGRAM
Collecting unwanted eyeglasses not only helps bring an international effort to your
community, but it also provides a great opportunity for the public to support your service
efforts in a way that does not involve raising funds.
THE NEED IS GREAT: The World Health Organization estimates that ¼ of the populations sight
can be improved through the use of corrective lenses. In developing countries, an eye exam can
cost one months wages. Poor eyesight left uncorrected can force adults into unemployment and
can force children out of the classroom. Lions Recycle for Sight supported by your Club makes a
PLAN YOUR COLLECTION EFFORT: Locate collection boxes in places people often visit or
pass by (banks, grocery stores, eye doctor lobbies, churches, video stores, drug stares, funeral
homes, etc.). Contact the Manager and explain the collection program, its benefits, and your
pick-up schedule. Label each box with Lions point of contact. Place club fliers or brochures
with collection boxes.
PROJECT GOALS: Fund raiser for each individual club and for the District Special Funds
Project. Provides used eyeglasses to needy people outside the U.S. Aids in recycling efforts.
Enhances public awareness of Lions Clubs.
INVOLVEMENT:On average, 35% of
District Lions Clubs are involved in the
District Program. The District Lioness Clubs
are also contributing to the success of this program
EYEGLASS RECLAMATION SYSTEM
- Individual Clubs collect used eyeglasses.
- Clubs send eyeglasses to District Collection Chairman in Canandaigua.
- Canandaigua Club processes eyeglasses - all are counted and sorted from each Club.
Loose lenses and empty carry cases are thrown away.
- Plastic-framed glasses are sent to Lions International Sight First Eyeglass
Reclamation Center in Indiana for distribution to Lions Clubs overseas.
- Metal frames are pooled together with other metal frames collected from throughout the
- When the requisite amount of metal has been accumulated (taking about nine months), it is sent to a processor. The processor prepares
a report of the metals found and returns that report to Canandaigua along with a check.
- The District Eyeglass Chairman distributes the funds - a portion is given to Canandaigua
for processes and expenses; the total number of accumulated frames is divided into the total
dollar amount to determine the value of each frame.
- The number of metal frames submitted by each Club is multiplied by the value per frame to
determine each Club's shore. One-third of each Club's total share is given to the District
Special Project Fund - this amount should be reported on your Club M&A Report.
- Each Club's share of profit is sent to the Club Secretary with a written report of metal
and plastic frames processed in that Club's name. Hearing aids and hearing aid batteries from
your Club are also reported.
WHAT ITEMS SHOULD WE COLLECT ?
- All metal-framed glasses with or without lenses broken or complete.
- Unbroken Plastic-framed glasses with both lenses.
- All types - children's, adults, strong or weak prescription sunglasses, clear glasses,
reading glasses, sport glasses/goggles, etc.
- Hearing aids and hearing aid batteries - we forward them to FLRLHF in the name of the
Club collecting them.
WHAT ITEMS SHOULDN'T WE COLLECT ?
- Lenses without frames
- Plastic-framed glasses that are broken or without lenses.
- Empty cases (cases cannot be reused and are therefore discarded).
- Do not pack glasses in baggies or use rubber bands.
HOW DO WE GET GLASSES & HEARING AIDS TO CANANDAIGUA ?
- Bring to District functions - Canandaigua Lions pick up glasses at most
District meetings/functions. Please call us ahead to be sure we will have a
representative there and let us know the amount you'll be bringing so we can
- Contact Lion Bert Mamula
District Eyeglass Chair
HELPFUL PACKING SUGGESTIONS
(...but not required)
- Pack in sealed cardboard boxes
- Separate metal and plastic into different boxes
- Label boxes with type of glasses (metal or plastic)
- Note number of glasses on outside of each box
- BE SURE TO PUT YOUR CLUB NAME ON THE OUTSIDE OF EACH BOX OR CONTAINER TO
RECEIVE PROPER CREDIT
- Avoid sending junk (i.e. paper, gum, candy wrappers, etc. We have found dentures, a glass eye, chicken bones, and
an American flag mixed in with the glasses!)
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