Project Connect Reader Glasses Drive


Do you have any extra pairs of glasses hanging around that you don’t use or need? Please consider donating them to Project Connect. Don’t wear glasses, please consider buying a pair of reader glasses at your local drug store and donating them. This small gesture will help the world come into view and possibly change the life of a child or adult in our community. Project Connect is a one day event being held on September 24 this year at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Event Center to benefit local residents who are struggling to make ends meet.

Your neighborhood Goody’s Candy Stores along with the McDonald’s Restaurants in Redmond, Prineville and Madras are participating in a reader glasses drive to collect as many pairs of prescription and non-prescription glasses to benefit Project Connect in the next week. Drop boxes are at these locations right now.

This one day event will bring together all human and social service providers under one roof so folks who need help will be able to access help and have a better understanding of what help is available to them here in Central Oregon. Other services will include medical and dental onsite treatment, housing information, employment services, veterans support, mental health, clothing, hair cuts, school supplies, veterinary services, hot showers and a good meal. The event is open to everyone and all services are provided FREE of charge.

Dr. Jason Dimmig who has been with Bend Ophthalmology since 2005 is spearheading the vision care efforts at Project Connect this year. He has volunteered his time and surgical skills in Guatemala on multiple occasions to help cure blinding cataracts. “We are so excited to have Dr. Dimmig handling the vision care this year. He is just a wonderful person and has demonstrated his dedication to supporting others throughout his career” stated Marty Betsch, Medical Team Lead for Project Connect.

For additional comments on the reader glasses drive you may contact Marty Betsch at 541-706-2903.

Project Connect contact information:, 541-504-1389.


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