Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR)

Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) is here when you need to rebuild.

Optometry's Fund For Diasaster Relief

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Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief has changed the lives of many optometrists by providing immediate financial relief for critical and urgent needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Disasters are unpredictable and can be life-altering; it is our goal to ensure that the fund is always poised and ready to help, so doctors can get back to doing what they do best.

Qualifying disasters include but are not limited to hurricanes, tornadoes, civil unrest, earthquakes, floods, and fires. Qualifying disasters include but are not limited to hurricanes, tornadoes, civil unrest, earthquakes, floods, and fires. OFDR is available to aid doctors who have experienced property damage to their home or business due to a disaster situation.

Applying for a disaster relief grant is the first step to recovery. If you have recently experienced the effects of a catastrophic event, please read the grant criteria and complete the OFDR application and  Form W-9 in its entirety.

Apply for aid here. 

Optometry students are now eligible to receive financial assistance of up to $250 from Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief.  Please note that our fund is set up to cover property damage to an optometry student’s home or possessions. 

We make every effort to respond to your application within 5-7 business days. However, the application will not be considered complete until you submit at least one photo of the damage. We appreciate your patience and quick response to any follow-up questions we or the committee have about your application. 

*Please note that our fund is set up to cover property damage to an optometrist’s home or practice.
Though we do not discount the significant impact of lost income, we cannot currently cover such a loss. 
 

Check out the recent AOA news story on OFDR. 

“Thank you to Optometry Cares and OFDR for the grant. It allowed me to reorder the new glasses and contact lenses that burned in my office (due to the Hawaii wildfires) while awaiting pick-up by patients. Luckily, I was able to contact most of them and get their new addresses (mostly post-office boxes because all their homes burned) and mail them. A few were so anxious, they picked up their glasses at my home.” -Rae Nagahiro, O.D. 

Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief has provided over 1.2 million dollars in aid to over 500 optometrists across the country. 

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