Vision To Learn Hits the Road in Northeast Iowa

Vision To Learn is officially on the road to helping students see more clearly in Northeast Iowa. Since January, the mobile clinic has traveled to 17 elementary schools to provide vision screenings* to students identified by school screenings. So far, in 2017, the clinic screened 291 students and prescribed glasses to 220 students. Each of these kids will receive two free pairs of glasses. Additionally, 18 children have been referred on for further vision care to address more significant vision problems. 

“It’s amazing to see how many kids the clinic has helped so far,” said Nancy Van Milligen, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Giving kids the tools they need to succeed in the classroom is such a gift and we are thankful to have wonderful community partners supporting this work.”

Last year, Vision To Learn and the Community Foundation partnered to pilot the vision program in eight Title I schools in Dubuque and Jackson Counties. Nearly 180 students received free eye exams and 90 students each received two free pairs of glasses. This year, the pilot program is expanding to serve 40 schools in Allamakee, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties where it has the potential to serve more than 700 kids in need of vision care. The clinic will continue its journey through these counties during the remainder of the school year.

This program is made possible through donations from Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto, Klauer Optical Co., Steve and Elaine Kahler, Vision To Learn and CFGD. 

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Caption: This year, the Vision To learn pilot program will be visiting 40 schools in seven counties, with the potential to serve more than 700 kids in need of vision care. 



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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.