Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a listing of volunteer opportunities for ODs, opticians, and support staff. 

If you woudl like your event to be listed here, please send information to  opw@eyes.org

The Millionair Club - Eye Exams

The Millionair Club Charity connects people experiencing homelessness and poverty with dignified jobs and support services.One of the important no-cost services offered is vision care, with free eye exams and a pair of glasses.We are looking for volunteer optometrists to help us provide this much needed service.
Our volunteer OD's work only 2 Thursday mornings a year. We are located in the Belltown neighborhood of downtown Seattle.

Please consider joining our group of dedicated volunteer optometrists.For information please contact Dr. Cynthia Ruggeiro.  cpr@ruggeiro.com


Special Olympics is updating their list of eye care providers through the state who are able and excited to see those with intellectual disabilities (ID). The end goal is to know the eye doctors in each region who we can refer athletes to when they need follow-up care or are simply looking for a doctor who has some type of training to work with patients with ID. Right now, this list is extremely limited - I know there are many more ODs out there who would love to see this population in their offices. 

If you would like to be on this list, please do the following:
(1) Fill out Provider Interest Form 
(2) To brush up on examining those with ID in your office, SOWA will then contact you to take their free online Inclusive Health Training modules (recommended but not mandatory to be on the list). You can earn 1.5 hours of category 5 CE Credit by completing the two modules "Special Olympics Health" and "Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities". After completing the modules, forward the completion email to Katie Hash (katiehash1@gmail.com) for your CE certificate. 
SOWA is just beginning to open up sports and events again this summer, but the next Opening Eyes volunteer event is not yet scheduled until 2022. Feel free to email   Katie Hash (katiehash1@gmail.com)  with any questions.

Date Posted: July 14, 2021


As we hunker down, waiting for a vaccination, getting back to outdoor activities as the smoke clears, I find it beneficial to think about the opportunities that will arise in the future:  Places to travel.  People to meet.  Humanitarian work to be done. 

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) Northwest is a registered non-profit organization whose members give their time and skill to deliver vision care to people in need throughout the world.  Our VOSH trip to Peru has been cancelled for September 2020, but that does not mean it will not happen at a future date.  We have hope that 2021 will see us there.   

Other future opportunities include Kenya and Mazatlan.  The need is great. I would love for everyone to experience the joy of doing volunteer work in the world. 

Please watch our video about our VOSH trip to Uganda in 2018.  Get inspired.  Join.  Donate.  Start planning for the future.  Down time is great planning time.  Keep your spirits up. 

Together we will get through this.  https://www.voshnorthwest.org/

At the bottom of the website page is the VOSH Uganda 2018 Mission Trip video Click the "Get Involved" button to join or donate.

Date Posted: September 29, 2020

Special Olympics of Washington - Follow up care providers

Like for many of us, 2020 has yielded a new set of challenges for many Special Olympics athletes. Sports have been cancelled, and with it, healthy athlete screenings. This has reduced access to care for many.

We're in the process of updating our state Provider Database: health care professionals who are excited to see those with intellectual disabilities (ID) in their office. If you have an interest in providing eye care to this population, please fill out this survey to be added to our list.

You will be invited to complete a short online learning module about ID as well.

I will keep you all updated on 2021 events and screenings. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Katie Hash, O.D., FCOVD