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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 Dr. Jeffrey Yocum!

Thank You Dr. Jeffrey Yocum!

Today I would like to recognize Dr. Jeffrey Yocum for his many years of support for I Care International. We consistently receive boxes of donated glasses from Dr. Yocum. I reached out to thank him and I learned that he has been involved with this organization for...

Thank You To Brookline Senior Center in Brookline Massachusetts

Thank You To Brookline Senior Center in Brookline Massachusetts

A big THANK YOU goes out to Judy Chasin, friend of I Care International, and the Brookline Senior Center. The senior center members did a fantastic job collecting used eye glasses. Judy went out of her way to collect the hefty donation and ship the glasses to I Care...

Our Bags are Packed

Our Bags are Packed

From Bill Aplington, I Care International Board Secretary  The last I Care clinic at which I had the pleasure to work alongside Dr. Phil Ortiz was, surprisingly, way back in late February and early March of 2017, when our team set up shop in Agua Escondido Guatemala...