Creating Great Futures in Partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Working Together with BGCA
A pair of glasses is so much more than frames and lenses – for many children, being able to see clearly can change their life. Grades can improve, confidence can increase and social activity can even be more positive.
That’s why we’ve created a partnership that’s the first of its kind with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – bringing access to affordable eye care directly to children who need it most. This partnership operates in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs healthy lifestyle programming with a focus on preventive care and wellness – helping children and young adults form healthy habits at an early age and be aware and take control of decisions regarding their health.
Our national multi-year partnership with BGCA aims to build on what each of us can do best. America’s Best provides trained associates to perform free vision screenings, exams and glasses if needed (completely free!), while Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide knowledgeable staff, a supportive community, and a safe, comfortable place to complete vision screenings and introduce eye care education to their kids.
Our partnership kicked off in 2016 with a pilot in 25 Clubs across the U.S. that were each paired with one of our 500+ America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses locations. In the coming months, our associates will visit 51 additional pre-selected Boys & Girls Clubs to give children across the country a chance to see their best, maybe for the first time.
How does the program work?
Administer a vision screeningVision screenings are the first step in determining whether someone may need vision correction. Local America’s Best store associates travel to Clubs that have been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to participate in the program to perform these free screenings, so children are in a familiar and comfortable place during this quick assessment.
Refer for an eye examBased on screening results, children may be referred to see a licensed optometrist at an America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses location for a free eye exam.*
Provide glassesAfter the exam, if needed, the child will receive a pair of single-vision uncoated plastic prescription lenses and a frame – all for free.
Looking Towards the Future
To date, America’s Best associates have screened more than 1,200 BGCA kids and nearly 25% received an eye exam. Nearly ALL of those children that received a comprehensive eye exam required glasses – and we were able to provide them, at no cost to their family.
We’re honored to support the great work of BGCA because we know that a simple pair of glasses can change the course of a child’s life. To learn more and donate to this partnership, please click here.