Community Service organizations all have different mottos and focus areas - but what they have is giving back to the community and world at large to make a difference in people's lives. This year, the St. Paul Optimist Club is starting a partnership with the Roseville Optimist club and the Lions club to collect eyeglasses/cheaters for kids and people worldwide in need of vision care.
Each year, one of the members of the St. Paul Optimist Club goes to Santa Fe New Mexico to volunteer as a mentor in the world's largest folk art festival. This event features more than 150 Master Artists from 50 countries. For the 15th anniversary festival, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus is serving as honory chair.
The artists may be individual or a representative of artist cooperatives across the globe. Creating textiles, art, painting, weaving and beadwork create eye strain. Mentors for this program are collecting eyeclass readers/cheaters and prespcriptive glasses to distribute to artists to bring back to their country.
The Optimists and local Lion's club collaborated and are presenting 400 pairs of eyeware this July.