What is Project Vision?
Project Vision is a student-run volunteer service organization at UC Berkeley that provides free, one-on-one, vision care referrals to communities in Berkeley and Oakland with limited access to healthcare. Our goals are to reduce barriers to healthcare access among the medically underserved, while giving undergraduate students the hands-on opportunity to meet and help these communities.
What Do We Do?
Throughout the year, Project Vision organizes vision outreach events at local homeless shelters, churches, health fairs, and other community centers. At these events, we sit with and match individuals and families with local and national eye care programs that provide low-cost, or even free, eye exams, glasses, and eye disease treatment. In the months afterwards, we follow up with the participants in the months afterwards to ensure that our services were, in fact, of use. Our members are thoroughly trained in the referral and follow-up process.
Why Project Vision
In the US, about 50 million people (16% of the country's population) lack health insurance while 25 million more are "underinsured." As a result, many individuals, especially in Berkeley and Oakland, do not regularly see medical professionals. Common eye diseases are easily treated by eye doctors but may have serious adverse affects, such as blindness, if left undetected and untreated. Project Vision members have helped people who have not seen vision care professionals in years, and even decades, but who are in dire need of that care and don't know where to go or who to turn to for high-quality, low-cost care.
Organizations & Community Centers:
We love to work with new organizations to schedule events throughout the school year. If your organization is interested, please contact:
Bonnie Ho and Vasudha Doijode, outreach directors:
We are always looking to train new students every school year. Please see our Membership page. If you have any questions, contact: Amanda Thai, Director of Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org.