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Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)

(VOSH-NECO) is the student chapter of VOSH-International. VOSH-NECO’s mission is to provide eye and vision care to the underserved population who cannot afford or lack access to care. Student clinicians, along with practicing optometrists, travel to underserved populations in countries, usually within the Latin American region. Typically on these missions, every patient seen receives a basic eye care examination, and is given a pair of prescription eyeglasses for vision correction, sunglasses and/or eye medications when required. Referrals are made for further treatment such as cataract surgery. One international mission is planned in the Spring Term each year.

Locally, VOSH-NECO participates in vision screenings. Students also participate by collecting, sorting, and classifying donated eyeglasses which are dispensed to patients in need during VOSH missions. Numerous fundraising events are held throughout the year to help offset expenses for each member who participates on the annual trip abroad. These include the VOSH Annual Alcon Night, social fund raising activities, garage sale and bake sales to name a few.

NECO students are encouraged to join VOSH to provide humanitarian assistance to an underserved population, to enhance their cultural awareness and knowledge, and to understand inequities in health care. Participation in VOSH provides a rewarding experience and chance to provide services to local and world communities.

Major VOSH Events

  • Garage Sale (August/Early September)
  • Welcome Back Social (September)
  • White Coat Embroidery (September)
  • Thanksgiving Raffle (November)
  • Jewelry Sale (December)
  • Alcon Night Casino Fundraiser (January)
  • Holiday Luncheon (Halloween/Valentine’s Day)
  • Parking Lot Fundraiser (June/July)
  • Bake Sales (~Monthly)
  • Annual VOSH Trip (April)

Current Student President: Micaela Gobeille, Class of 2018  
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bina Patel

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vosh trip

Vosh Trip

VOSH trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

I forget just how fortunate I am to be living in Boston and attending optometry school. Student organizations like VOSH are great reminders of what you can do to give back.
Stephanie Adams, OD/PhD '18