The VOSH Mission Statement


We believe in the freedom to see.  
We provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.  

We facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.  

Our goal is to increase our global impact whenever possible by supporting sustainable eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educators in areas lacking sufficient eye care.


According to VOSH International, Over 2.5 billion people in the world need glasses due to a refractive error. Of those with clinical need, 1.1 billion, or one in seven people, lack access to glasses.The dedicated people of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) have made it their mission to bring this much-needed care to the under-served people of the world.  They share that mission with several student chapters at schools and colleges of optometry throughout the country.   CooperVision is pleased to make an annual contribution of $1,000 to each school and college of optometry with a Student VOSH chapter. We know that these organizations are made up of faculty and student volunteers and this is our way of thanking them and supporting their efforts to bring better eye care to patients around the world.

CooperVision shares these students’ vision to support organizations that deliver vision care to those who otherwise may not have access to it.  We are also a proud global sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight and have employees in over 30 countries participating in global fundraising campaigns and locally organized activities.  

This month, CooperVision proudly contributed to 22 Student VOSH chapters: Caption: A child in Ecuador receives glasses from SVOSH 

  • Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Indiana University College of Optometry
  • Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity - Michigan
  • Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity - Arizona Chapter
  • MCPHS University School of Optometry
  • New England College of Optometry
  • NOVA Southeastern University Inc.
  • Northeastern State University Foundation, Inc.
  • Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity – Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Pacific University College of Optometry
  • Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity of Southern California, Inc.
  • Southern College of Optometry
  • Faculty Student Association, SUNY VOSH
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry SVOSH
  • University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
  • Foundation for Education and Research in Vision, Inc., Houston University
  • University of The Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • University of Waterloo School of Optometry

We applaud the hard work and dedication of these student groups in providing eye care to those in need and we look forward to continuing our support of their mission for years to come.   

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