about us


Who We Are

Vision Statement

Empower children and adults in the United States and overseas with the improved vision they need to pursue a better quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.


Our Voucher Program

New Eyes for the Needy purchases basic prescription eyeglasses for people in need in the U.S. through a well-established voucher program. Eligible clients can apply for a voucher through a social service agency, welfare worker or a school nurse. Clients can present a New Eyes voucher to any participating local optical dispenser, who fits the client with the proper prescription eyeglasses. The dispenser then receives reimbursement directly from New Eyes.

In 2014-2015, in partnership with social service agencies and optical dispensers across the country, New Eyes helped 6,668 disadvantaged U.S. residents purchase the eyeglasses they needed but could not afford.


Our Overseas Program

Our Overseas Program distributes used glasses worldwide. We receive  donations of used glasses from all across the country. Our specially trained volunteering teams test and sort the glasses into different categories. After which we distribute the glasses through international charitable organizations and small medical missions. Our Glasses have traveled to over 87 countries all around the world.

Mission Statement

New Eyes for the Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles, and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas.


Our Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of New Eyes for the Needy. They acknowledge the generous donations of glasses, jewelry and giftware from people all over the country. They operate the Fabulous Finds Jewelry & Giftware Boutique that helps pay for eyeglasses for poor U.S. residents. They provide administrative support for our staff so that New Eyes’ resources are dedicated to services rather than administrative tasks. New Eyes is blessed with over 200 adult and 55 student volunteers. In addition, many civic, corporate and religious groups come to New Eyes to sort and test glasses. Our volunteers are a diverse group: retirees, homemakers, and students; individuals and groups; volunteers who come for one day or 50 years. Each volunteer shares a genuine commitment to helping poor children and adults have a clearer and brighter future.


Fabulous Finds Resale Shop

We sell a wide selection of donated fine and costume jewelry, brooches, watches, crystal, china, silver, decorative items, and designer sunglasses. 100% of our sales purchase glasses for the needy in the US. We accept cash, checks, and Visa. NO SALES TAX.


Industry Statistics

Support and Partnerships


Costco has partnered with New Eyes to donate all members’ used glasses from Costco’s Optical Centers in their warehouses throughout the United States. To date, New Eyes has received 100,000 used eyeglasses. Costco has also donated lensometers, special optometric equipment used to determine eyeglass prescriptions, and has recruited affiliated eye doctors to perform free eye exams for children.

Marvel Optics 
To meet the demand from North Carolina, New Eyes has partnered with Marvel Optics, an online eyeglass retailer. NC voucher recipients are instructed to visit the New Eyes portal at Marvel Optics to order their glasses online. New Eyes has negotiated a price level with Marvel Optics that is significantly lower than using a traditional voucher at an optical store. Marvel Optics online service will be available to all voucher recipients in the near future.

New Eyes is one of 20 charities who has partnered with new and an innovative shopping website shop2care.org where a portion of proceeds from customer purchases will be donated to New Eyes children's eyeglasses program.  Customers can shop at all their favorite retail sites including Amazon, Nordstrom, Macy's, Best Buy, Expedia, and more. Supports only need to complete a simple registration form and click on "Children's Causes".

The South Jersey Eye Center
The South Jersey Eye Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free and low cost comprehensive eye care services for the poor throughout Camden County and its surrounding area. As a New Eyes batch agency, SJEC receives a predetermined amount of vouchers for their clients, bypassing the need to file applications for each voucher applicant, providing the neediest individuals with a new pair of eyeglasses as quickly as possible. 

Walmart Vision Center
Corporate-owned Walmart Vision Centers accept New Eyes vouchers from our clients.  This partnership give New Eyes voucher recipients a broad national network to obtain their eyeglasses. New Eyes is always looking to expand our dispenser base and encourage optical dispensers to accept our vouchers and help in our mission to provide clear vision to children and adults in financial need.

New Eyes is grateful for the support of the following foundations:

  • Delta Gamma Foundation

  • Fund for New Jersey Blind, Inc.

  • Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

  • S. Hekemian Corporation & Hekemian Family Foundation

  • The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey

  • William G. & Helen C. Hoffman Foundation

  • The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Good Works Program

  • The Hyde and Watson Foundation

  • Newman’s Own Foundation

  • The Fred C. Rummel Foundation

  • United Way of Northern New Jersey

  • The Shutterfly Foundation

  • SQ Foundation

  • Turrell Fund

  • Vallavbhai & Savitabn Patel Foundation

  • Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement


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Jean Gajano
Executive Director

Having joined New Eyes for the Needy as the Community Relations Coordinator in 2009, Jean was named ExecutiveDirector in June 2013. She is responsible for overseeing the day- to- day operations of New Eyes as well as managing grant writing and fundraising. Jean, a graduate of Vassar College, worked in the banking and finance industry for many years as well as serving in leadership positions on community boards, including the Board of Education of the Chathams and the Chatham Education Foundation where she was a founding board member.

Contact Jean Gajano at jgajano@new-eyes.org.