How to Collect Usable Glasses
A Club Guide for Collecting Used Glasses is a helpful tool to use whether your club has a collection program in place or is planning to start one.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller
The people in your community are valuable partners in your eyeglass collection project. Keep them well informed and engaged, and show your appreciation for their support. They can donate their usable glasses, host collection boxes, attend your club's events and tell others about your club.
Parents, service group leaders, corporations, businesses and others may contact your club to offer their support to your eyeglass collection project.
- Students want to collect and learn about what happens to the glasses
- Corporations want to give back to the community by organizing an eyeglass collection drive.
- Eagle Scout candidates often incorporate an eyeglass collection into their service projects.
- Optical shops may offer a supply of discontinued frames.
- Businesses and communities offices offer to host an eyeglass collection box for your club.
Provide them with a prompt and helpful repsonse. Consider ways they can participate and help your club's collection efforts.
Set up Collection Locations
Partner with community offices, businesses, organizations, places of worship and schools. Invite them to support your collection by hosting collection containers.
- Establish and maintain contact with these partners.
- Schedule regular pick ups.
Use Recycle for Sight Resource: LCI has developed a variety of resources. Use them to organize and promote your eyeglass collection.
Promote your collection activity.
- Online PR Guide
- Public Relations Club Guide
- Sample Press Release
- Add club collection locations on LCI's website
- Include your collection locations on your club's website.
Send collected eyeglasses, sunglasses, reading glasses and frames to one of the official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs) for processing.
Report your eyeglass collection activity via the online Lions Club Service Activity Report.
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