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OneSight/H.O.W.

Updated on May 29, 2014
We even provide non prescription sunglasses!
We even provide non prescription sunglasses! | Source

This article is in response to Bill Holland's (aka billybuc) newly formed site: H.O.W. Humanity One World,"A site dedicated to helping the less-fortunate in this world. A site dedicated to bringing us all closer. A site dedicated to...loving one another."

I want to thank Bill for conceptualizing this site and opening it up to all of us at hubpages. My contribution is only one way in which we can make the world a better place. Wait until you see the rest of the contributers articles!

"The world needs the sense that we are all in it together."~Jean Houston, philosopher and author.

I work for one of the greatest companies in the world. Many people don't like hearing me say that because it is a large coorporation and like most of coorporate America, it has its foibles. That being said, when I was looking for a job 6 years ago, I picked this company because of it's humanity. I work for the Luxottica Foundation, a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear. we have over 7100 retail stores throughout the world.And, that is only a part of their business. One very special part of their business is OneSight, a non-profit organization. "For more than 20 years, OneSight has been committed to providing clear vision to millions in need through the hand-delivery of primary vision care and eyewear. We also donate millions of dollars to fund research towards the prevention of optical diseases."

And, I, as an employee of Luxottica, have the privilege of being part of this amazing foundation!


Giving the Gift of Sight

This foundation was originally called Gift of Sight and in 2008 they united with Community I-Care and became OneSight. What an appropriate name. We are still giving the gift of sight but we are also working towards a vision. A vision that enables us to help the world see. My first experience with OneSight was in 2006. Throughout the world, we have a special day called OneDay. In the US, it is currently held on the second Tuesday of December. On this day, all of our stores and doctors provide free eye exams and eye wear to children and adults in need. we partner with other charitable organizations to help provide the best possible care. Each store takes care of the logistics on their own but it is big and exciting. The company provides us with a very large frame selection and our labs make all the glasses. They provide us with informational products as well. The rest is up to us. Each store celebrates in their own way.In our store, we like to make it a celebration with treats, balloons and goody bags. I came up witth the goody bag idea a few years ago. The premise behind it was that i wanted it to feel like a celebration when they got their glasses but there was an ulterior motive, too. I don't just fill the bags with goodies, I also fill it with coupons or gifts from local businesses. Many companies will give a free meal to each family. Some companies will donate treats to eat while they are waiiting and for our volunteers. Others will share some of their promotional items. Every year, my family and I purchase the goodies that go into the bag and make the bags up. It has become a family project as we watch for interesting things to buy throughout the year. I especially love to buy the halloween eyeballs. It never gets old!

one of our vision van recipients sporting his new glasses!
one of our vision van recipients sporting his new glasses! | Source
A map of where we go.
A map of where we go. | Source

Who are the recipients?

In 2012, we will conduct 12 Clinics in 6 countries. To date, OneSight has completed more than 200 Clinics in 37 different countries, helping more than 3.5 million people.

In 2012, OneSight will conduct 12 Regional Clinics across North America helping thousands of children in need.

In 2012, OneSight has 23 Vision Van Clinics planned across North America with a goal of helping thousands of children see more clearly.

And they have taken the vision vans to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Writing the rx!
Writing the rx! | Source

OneDay is not the only way that I have been involved. Last year I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana on one of our global clinics. We saw over 9000 patients! What an amazing, overwhelming experience! An experience I wouldn't have had if not for the generosity of OneSight and Luxottica. you can read about this incredible journey.This year I also had the opportunity to participate in my first vision van. Another amazing opportunity. I left that 2 day experience so much richer than I had entered it!

I probably should have mentioned here that all Luxxotica employees are encouraged to participate. OneDay happens in all stores, labs and offices in the world. The vision vans, regional and global clinics do require an application process. There are many more interested employees than there are spots to fill so the process of applying is not taken lightly, once chosen, the company assumes all responsibility and covers all required expenses.There are also fundraisers and fundraising opportunities throughout the years as well as an opportunity to collect gently used eye wear and take cash donations at store level. Employees can also donate through their pay or in lieu of anniversary gifts.


patiently awaiting their turn.
patiently awaiting their turn. | Source
Volunteer extrodinaire, Ellie with a proud recipient!
Volunteer extrodinaire, Ellie with a proud recipient! | Source

Please take the time to visit the other hubs in this series:

From lrc7815: http://lrc7815.hubpages.com/hub/HOW-Organizing-for-Human-Rights-and-Social-Justice#comment-11116340

From billybuc: http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Social-Issues-Poverty-In-The-United-States

From Lord De Cross: http://lorddecross.hubpages.com/hub/HOW-A-new-hope-For-our-Country-Giving-Back-with-J

From tillsontitan:http://tillsontitan.hubpages.com/hub/The-HOW-Movement

From brave warrior: http://bravewarrior.hubpages.com/hub/HOW-Do-We-Save-Our-Poverty-Stricken-Children

And this is only the beginning. There is a whole community of hub authors out there who are thrilled to be a part of this worthy cause, HOW. You can keep current by checking us out on hubpages and joining our facebook page.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."~Margaret Mead

A little Update.

I am honored to have been chosen for my second OneSight Clinic. This spring I will be going to Detroit! I am looking forward to giving the gift of sight! As this is the 25th anniversary of OneSight, all of the 2013 clinic participants received a commerative OneSight Flag. Very cool! Thank you, OneSight!

OneSight 25th Anniversary Commemorative Flag

This flag represents 10 of the countries we work with!
This flag represents 10 of the countries we work with! | Source

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, JustSilvie, I appreciate the visit and your wonderful comments! I hope you are seeing the world much more clearly now! Thank yoyu for the votes and shares!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Wonderful Hub! I have had two cataract surgeries and know personally how wonderful the gift of sight is and how lucky one is to be able to have the health care to help restore it. What a wonderful organization and what a giving person you are to take part.

      Voted and up and sharing and sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Eddy! I just found out that this year I will be going to Michigan here in the US. Not quite as exciting but once you are in the clinic, it is just as rewarding! Have a great day!

      Randi

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read and your obvious hard work has certainly paid off.

      I wish you a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Louisa for stopping by and commenting! There are so many great clubs and orgsnizations that contribute. We also partner with the Lions Club!

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      What a great contribution your company makes. I know of Rotary Clubs who also help with eye tests and providing glasses. Thanks for writing about this.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martie for reading and your very generous comments! It is a great thing they do and I am proud to be affiliated with them!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      What a marvelous, admirable service by OneSight! Thank you, btrbell, for sharing your company's non-profitable mission to create and maintain healthy societies.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That is so great, bravewarrior! When companies take a stand, they can do so much more! How cool that you got to be a part of it! Thank you so much for reading and sharing! I agree, as part of my company, I have done so much more than I would or could have on my own!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      btrbell, the company I recently quit to work for myself holds 3 community charity effort per year. The employees vote on the charity and they are conducted each quarter on a Friday. The office shuts down and the employees are paid for the day, with lunch provided. We've offered our services to homeless centers where we have organized their supply or 'shopping' areas, provided and cooked lunch, built sheds for Habitat for Humanity, improved cabin structures for camps for the disabled, and my favorite, restoring the oyster reefs of Central Florida's Atlantic Ocean.

      Working for a company that gives to the community is a huge plus!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Audra Leigh, thank you for visiting and your generous comments. I am very fortunate to love my job! Thank you for your votes and check out the newest version....consider yourself linked!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      cloud explorer, thank you so much for stopping by, reading and your insightful comments! I appreciate all you have to say and your "part" of getting the word out is critical! Thank you again!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Randi, it is very nice to meet someone who has worked so hard helping people have site! I am overwhelmed as I read your piece and other people's today! I voted this up and shared!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you healthylife2! I appreciate your visit, comments and the link! It is a great thing that Bill is doing! Thank you also for the follow! I look forward to more of these conversations!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I love all of your selfless efforts to help others worldwide, that you have shared here in your hub.

      Bill is one dude who cares, and I like what he's trying to do to get writers together and all, but there have been loads of organizations such as this one that you speak of, my mother worked for Unicef and I was part of a Youth organization as a child that pretty much trained me to do what I do for the likes of others today, and so I do know that he means well, but there has always been places working such efforts behind the scenes in the globe as a whole and even online as your article pretty much fully encompasses.

      So maybe his initial hub was a tad bit off, when he stated that nothing is being done, because there's loads of things being done already to bring effective changes to humanity today, and none of us are all seeing or all knowing to have such insight into it all. But anyhow I get the premise of what he meant to do with it all, and I hope more people take on such a challenge to write from the heart for humanity in general.

      I also hope and wish his campaign to save the world works, but it will take tremendous efforts for sure just as your corporation is doing all it can to make whatever difference it can make today as well.

      Awesome write up and I will continue to follow this effort of his, as I share it with others as my part in the sharing process to get the word out! Awesome hub, and and even much more awesome effort you've already been committed to doing for others beside yourself.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you so much for sharing this information about OneSight. Many of us forget that there are people out there that can't afford glasses in order to just be able to see properly.I also think people forget how amazing it feels to help others and your hub shows us that. Voted up and very happy to link this to my hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Mary! I am proud and, while I know that what we are doing is a great thing for these people, you have no idea how much they are doing for me! Thank you for the votes and sharing!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How great! Not just your employer but you. The pride in what you are both doing shines through your hub. If only other corporations would take up the responsibility of actually helping others what a world this would be! Thank you for telling us about this great company!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and yes, I'm linking it in my hub as well.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      NizBejabbers, thank you for reading, even after the bad press. Wow, I changed your mind! Doesn't get much better than that! Thank you for comments and votes. Here is another little story that I think you will appreciate. A few years back we doing our OneDay program and we had a homeless man who was about 50 years old. He was trying to find a job and needed new glasses. He came in and he was wearing 3 pairs of glasses at the same time and he still didn't have his full rx!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Eddy, thank you for stopping by! You have a wonderful weekend as well!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      This is a very informative hub, and I thank you for putting a positive light on a company that a major network recently played so negatively. It sounds like there is so much more to Luxottica than the one-sided network story. OneSight appears to be a fantastic program. To not be able to see because one can't afford the glasses is a terrible thing. I think H.O.W. is an excellent idea. Voted you up, useful, and interesting because you changed my mind about this company.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant btrbell and so interesting. A great subject and here's to so many more. Have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, Bill, a cliche, but: I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you! Bravo to you for creating this! Yes, I love my job, even when I hate it! Everytime I think, enough, I say, but what about OneSight? Thank you for being here and your, always generous comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Deborah! Idid check out Sunnie's, loved it and need to add it above! Thank you for reading and commneting. It is a great job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a fantastic organization, and one I have never heard of. I love that you are so passionate about your job and the work that they do. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and thank you, Randi, for caring enough to be a part of this movement. Bravo on this hub and bravo for being who you are.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Linda,

      I am so sorry to hear about the macular degeneration. It is a horrible disease! I debated writing about this because coorporate American companies can be so greedy. Then I realized that is exactly why I NEED to write it. So that we know when we purchase something from this company, we are helping to give the gift of sight! Thank you so much for generous praise! You have made my day!

      Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Alex, thank you so much for reading, following and commenting! You don't know how right you are! Sometimes I get up in the morning and I don't want to go to work but then I remember this other part of my job and all the little annoying day-to-day things are worth it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow most awesome job . I love this hub. all of you are doing a great job. you might want to check out Sunnie Days hub.. she wrote on this subject . voting up

      Debbie.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Randi, great job! I lost my vision in one eye to macular degenertion last year. I can say with experience, that we take vision for granted - until it's gone. I am so thrilled to read of your company and it's commitment. Your passion is almost tangible as you described the company. That work is so important and the story is a good reminder that not all is bleak and dreary in our world. There is great humanitarian work being done and it rarely gets any attention. Great people do great things and don't care about getting credit. This one touched that special place and I thank you for sharing this part of yourself. I have more respect for you than ever. I'm linking your hub to my original too. Voted up, awesome, beautiful!

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Now this is when you can get up in the morning and feel really good about going to work! This really shows what a corporation can do when they have a heart - and good people working with them. I'm very impressed! Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! this is unfortunarely, only a small part of my job! The rest of it is consists of selling that eye wear! Thank you so much for your vote and for sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Randi: What a love story. Now I know what you do. This is a company worth working for. So impressed with all the good that you do. Cudos to you...Thanks for this..Voting up and sharing on facebook.