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June 19, 2013

OCNY Receives Support to Help Those in Need in New York City

The Optometric Center of New York (OCNY), the philanthropic arm of the SUNY College of Optometry, recently received a $25,000 grant from the Allene Reuss Memorial Trust in support of the College and the University Eye Center’s efforts to provide eye and vision care to indigent patients throughout New York City.

Meanwhile, the OCNY has also received a series of recent grants to assist in establishing a unique partnership between the College and the Bowery Mission in New York City that will help to provide high-quality eye and vision care for many of the city’s homeless population. A total of $30,000 in grants from The Lydia Collins deForest Charitable Trust, The Chatlos Foundation, the Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation and the Tides Foundation will help to directly build on an existing, volunteer collaboration between faculty and students at the College and the Bowery Mission. This fall, students will begin rotating through the Mission to provide care to hundreds of homeless and transient patients in New York.

Both of these vital initiatives need continuous support in order to provide much-needed care. To make a tax-deductible gift please visit our website.