SHORT HILLS, NJ - After several harsh winters and two bouts with vandalism, New Eyes for the Needy -- an area non-profit that has, since its inception in 1932, brought clear vision to more than 8 million people in need -- saw the exterior of their headquarters building in disrepair, marred by peeling and chipped paint, in need of a thorough scraping and several coats of paint, with its exterior signs vandalized and broken over the past 18 months and needing replacement.
What's more, the non-profit’s initial funding source would not cover the full cost of the repair and refurbishing work necessary, leaving New Eyes to either cancel the project or appropriate funds from its eyeglass program.
New Eyes' home since 1963 located at 549 Millburn Avenue is now, however, boasting a new fresh look thanks, in part, to a $3,180 grant from Investors Foundation.
“New Eyes is grateful to Investors Foundation for completing the funding to refurbish the exterior of our building,” said Jean Gajano, New Eyes Executive Director. “We did not want to divert funds from our eyeglass program for the financially needy”, said Gajano, “but thankfully Investors Foundation filled the gap and allowed us to move forward.”
Founded by Short Hills resident Julia Lawrence Terry, New Eyes for the Needy offers a new prescription eyeglass program for United States residents and a used eyeglass program for the poor in developing countries. “New Eyes has relied on the generosity of local volunteers and businesses to accomplish much of our mission throughout the years and Investors Foundation’s assistance is another example of that, “ said Gajano. “New Eyes is truly fortunate to call this supportive community our home”.
"Investors is happy and proud to assist New Eyes, especially since our grant allows all individual financial donations to New Eyes go towards the purchase of eyeglasses for children and adults in need, both locally and nationally,” said Kim Kaminski, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Millburn Branch Manager. “We know how hard it is for a nonprofit to maintain infrastructure when its mission is its first and foremost priority, and we are glad Investors could help New Eyes.”