Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals, including our fellow colleagues at the University of Houston College of Optometry, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and Nova Southeastern University. These were historic hurricanes, creating unprecedented damage. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and to respond to Hurricane Irma, the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) worked together to develop a disaster relief fund for optometry students.
“As the storms played out, we couldn’t help but be concerned for our colleagues and classmates in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida,” said AOSA President Andy Mackner (Pacific University College of Optometry. “That sense of uncertainty and the shattered sense of security they must have been experiencing can be overwhelming and it is especially important at these times that the optometry family reach out to show our support to those who face losses.”
“Together, the AOA and AOSA are working to establish support and assistance for the students impacted,” Mackner said. “With a second hurricane causing widespread destruction in Puerto Rico and Florida, we must all step up and contribute to assist our fellow colleagues.”
How You Can Help
Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, a program of Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, is optometry’s exclusive financial support program to provide immediate assistance to doctors and now students who are in need in the wake of natural disasters.
To support your friends and classmates, please consider making a donation today by clicking here, and selecting “Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief for Students” as the Program Designation.
If You Need Help
Optometry students are now eligible to receive financial assistance up to $250 from Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief. The Student OFDR Application is available online only. Click HERE if you are student impacted by a recent natural disaster.