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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

I Care International – 2023 Fundraiser Announcement

I Care International – 2023 Fundraiser Announcement

I Care International - 2023 Fundraiser (9/30/23 – 10/18/23)  The I Care International 2023 Fundraiser will benefit costs for our 2024 clinic such as emergent in-clinic needs and specialty custom lenses made post-clinic for selected patients with unique prescription...

Eyeglass Sorting – Complete

Eyeglass Sorting – Complete

  The American Legion in Sheridan, Illinois opened their doors in July for our annual eyeglass sorting. We had 16 people attend and they all came ready to work. They all did a fabulous job! Thank you! Jesse Gutierrez brought along four or five boxes of glasses that he...

Update on I Care Board of Directors

The I Care Board of Directors met at the Annual Meeting on May 7 and again on June 13 for the annual discussion on board nominations and the election of officers. Here are the highlights of changes that were made: Please welcome three new additions to the I Care Board...