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I Care International

A 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization

I Care International, Inc.

It is through membership and donations that we are able to fulfill our mission of helping others improve their quality of life with the gift of better vision and health. Please consider becoming a member or renewing your existing membership.

Becoming a member for $I0 per student, $30 per person, or $60 for a family membership per year gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to change the lives of the people we serve. There are many ways to help in addition to becoming a member. I Care needs volunteers to collect and donate used eyeglasses, as well as to clean and sort glasses for our trips. You may also volunteer to take part in one of our clinics. If interested in volunteering for one of our upcoming clinics, membership is required, and volunteers pay their own travel and lodging expenses.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help us continue our mission of helping the underserved people of the world. Please consider a membership with I Care International today!

The following is a form for an I Care International membership.  Please print, fill out, and send the form to the provided address.

I Care International
880 Bedford Road
Morris, Illinois 60450

Our Co-founder

4/15/1936 – 2/15/2022

Philip A. Ortiz, O.D. journeyed into the spiritual realm on February 15, 2022, after a vibrant life. Born April 15, 1936, he was one of nine children born to Benito and Juana Ortiz, undocumented immigrants who as teens fled the violence and poverty of post-revolutionary Mexico. They met in Depue, Illinois at a railroad camp. The family was provided a rail car for housing in exchange for Benito’s labor. Those humble beginnings fostered many happy memories and desires. Phil understood one thing – the only way to get out of poverty was hard work and education, and he applied himself in every way possible.

I Care News

Thank You to Jesse Gutierrez

Thank You to Jesse Gutierrez

I Care International began as an organization on July 12, 1989. When you look back at the history of I Care, Jesse Gutierrez was a vital part of the organization and worked hand in hand with Phil Ortiz. They shared the same dream and worked hard to obtain it. Jesse...

Save the Date – I Care International 35th Annual Meeting –

Save the Date – I Care International 35th Annual Meeting –

Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time via Zoom I Care International will hold the 35th Annual Meeting on May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. central time. During this meeting, the Board of Directors will discuss the recent clinic to El Salvador, 2025...

March 2024 in San Alejo, El Salvador

March 2024 in San Alejo, El Salvador

Testimonial from Mariah Strahm It is hard to believe that it has already been two months since our clinic to San Miguel, El Salvador. We have unpacked the bags, finalized the clinic budget numbers, and started working on plans for next year. It is quite a process from...

2024 Clinic to El Salvador – Complete!

2024 Clinic to El Salvador – Complete!

I Care International completed a successful clinic in San Alejo, El Salvador from March 3-6, 2024. We were hosted by the Rotary Club of San Miguel. This was a special trip for our volunteers with a great clinic followed by some wonderful R&R at Playa Sunzal....