Youth Villages AmeriCorp volunteer at Lighthouse RecEYEcling Center

Despite the gloomy and rainy weather this morning, 14 Youth Villages AmeriCorp volunteers braved the storm to volunteer in our Lighthouse RecEYEcling Center at our Chamblee headquarters. At last count, the team had just passed over 1200 pairs of eyeglasses washed and showed no signs of stopping. WOW! Thanks to their brave team, those in need overseas will have the opportunity to receive a pair of prescription eye and sunglasses that they so desperately need to work and protect their vision.

About Youth Villages AmeriCorp 

“Since 2000, the Youth Villages AmeriCorps program has provided literacy and life skills tutoring, afterschool and summer programming, service learning, and classroom assistance to students at the Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus. Youth Villages AmeriCorps also supports local nonprofits and community organizations through projects on Service Fridays, in addition to acting as first responders for disaster relief in the state of Georgia.

Recently selected as Volunteer Team of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and as a finalist for both the America’s Service Commissions’ Innovation and Leadership Award and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Service Impact Award, Youth Villages AmeriCorps embraces a strong ethic of service and commitment to support each other, the children served by Youth Villages, and our greater community. ”

Source: Youth Villages AmeriCorp Facebook

Fun Fact from Today!

One of the AmeriCorp volunteers happened upon a pair of recycled glasses that just so happened to be her prescription! Take a look on our Facebook to see some of the pictures from today’s event!

Thank You!

We would like to take this time to thank the volunteer from the Youth Villages AmeriCorp for spending the morning with us washing glasses for those in need. We love our AmeriCorp VISTAS and all their hard work  and it is always an awesome sight to see other AmeriCorp groups doing so much good for those in need.

Connect with the Lighthouse!

If you or a group are interested in volunteering with Lighthouse, please visit our Get Involved page on our website at, and connect with us on social media like Twitter and Facebook VIA @LionsLighthouse #GLLF

Could anti-HIV medication could prevent blindness?

Thanks to the visionary research doctors at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences’ study on “dry” age-related macular degeneration in mice, has shown a widely-used class of drugs used to treat HIV called NRTIs could prove effective in treating older adults with AMD in the neighborhood of 50 years of age and older.

According to University of Kentucky ophthalmologist vice chair, Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, in findings during a National Institute of Health-funded (NIH) study, “macular degeneration affects an estimated 50-million people worldwide,” WOW!

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people 50 years and older and is more common among Caucasians, people who smoke, or have a family history of the condition. Over time, AMD progressively damages a part of the eye called the macula, which is a light-sensitive part of the eye needed for crisp, clear vision.

Vision loss, to any degree, sounds pretty scary and can negatively impact a person or families.  If untreated, AMD can rob people of their ability to work, drive, read, cook, or even see their children or grandchildren’s faces.

Uses and effectiveness of the drugs are still the laboratory testing phases; however positive results in laboratory mice suggest a bright future for the drugs enhanced uses.

To ensure healthy and clear vision throughout you and your family’s lives, the NIH to discuss your eye health with a physician and to have an eye exam each year.

If you know someone in need of vision care, but cannot afford it, Georgia is home to one of the largest charitable care network in the country.  Charitable organizations like the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provide sight-saving eye exams, eyeglasses, eye surgeries (e.g. AMD, cataracts, and glaucoma) to undeserved Georgians across the state.

For more information on how to support the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation’s mission to provide vision surgeries to those with AMD, please visit our website to make a donation to help those less fortunate.