D.R.E.A.M. Foundation Helps Provide Vision Screenings.

D.R.E.A.M. Foundation Helps Provide Vision Screenings.

D.R.E.A.M. Foundation Helps Provide Vision Screenings to Middle School Students The D.R.E.A.M. Foundation and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation partnered on Oct. 23 to offer free vision screenings and eyeglasses to students at Kappa V (Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy) Middle School, located in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

“Too many students in underserved communities don’t receive the vision care they need. Vision impairment contributes to poor school performance, frequent headaches and other preventable problems. We know students excel when we give them the tools to succeed,” said DeCosta Headley Sr., founder and chairman of the nonprofit D.R.E.A.M. Foundation.

Tzu Chi Foundation’s team of licensed optometrists performed complete eye exams on the middle schoolers. The team also came equipped to provide free glasses from their mobile clinic to students who had poor vision.

For more than four decades, Mr. Headley has partnered with community organizations and corporate donors to help people who struggled to make ends meet. The D.R.E.A.M. Foundation continues that work. In its second year, the foundation has given almost 2,000 turkeys to families and churches, provided nutritious meals at schools, and hosted community luncheons. The foundation also offers a range of free health services, including mental health, through its partnerships with various health care providers.

Tzu Chi Foundation is an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to relieve the suffering of those in need while creating a better world for all through compassion, love and hope. The D.R.E.A.M. Foundation looks forward to assisting many more people through this partnership.