The purpose of the Eyeglasses and Cellphone Initiative is to collect and donate eyeglasses and cellphones to organizations who will use the donations to enhance their programs, For example, the National Federation for the Blind and Lion’s Club International collects eyeglasses and recycle the eyeglasses. The glasses are boxed, entered into a computerized inventory system and shipped to developing countries for international optical missions. Other organizations such as Secure the Call is a 501 (c) (3) charity that provides free 911 emergency-only phones to senior citizens centers, domestic violence shelters and police and sheriff departments which in turn are given back to the community and used to contact police in case of emergency. Donations are to be made at the annual Second District Conference.

SERVICED POPULATION: Members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Second District

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: blindness, vision impairment, domestic violence

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania