VOSH Northwest 2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016 and upcoming Missions in 2017 and 2018
Uganda:  October 2018:  Mission in progress.  Dr. WiilowThompson and Dr. Jeff Forrey leaders.
Project Homeless:  January 2018: 
-Kitsap County - 125 patients seen 
Nepal:  October 2017:  This five day mission, led by Jeff Forrey and Willow Thompson was successfully completed with nearly 2000 patients seen.l
Mexico:  November 1-11:  This five day mission was led by Debbie McDonald.  2300 patients were seen
Cambodia:  January 1 - 16, 2016: VOSH NW  flew into Phnom Penh and the team was transported to Sihanoukville for four days of work.  R&R after the mission was at the amazing Ankor Wat. 
Seattle King County Clinic October 22-25,2016:  Lynn Girdlestone planned and organized the Vision Clinic and with the help of many volunteers, over 1300 patients were provided an eye exam and many received new glasses.
Project Homeless:  2014
-Everett - 240 patents seen
Coapinole, Mexico - June 18-28, 2014.  This five-day mission was lead by Ed and Carole Rich.  over 2000 patients were served.
Cambodia -  Nov 23- Dec7 2013 Dr. Chris Barry lead this team, which saw over 1500 patients
Philippines - February 1-15, 2013.  This mission has been cancelled.
Project Homeless:  2013 
- Tacoma - 200
- Seattle - 225
- Everett - 250 patients seen
- Bremerton - 120 Patients seen
Uganda, Africa - 9/10/12 - 9/25/12 - This 5 day mission was led by Dr. Willow Thompson and successfully completed after seeing 2200 patients
Project Homeless:  2012 - 
- Everett - 127 Patients seen
- Seattle - 220 Patients seen
-Tacoma - 250 Patients seen
-Kitsap   - 164 Patients seen 
Project Homeless:  2011 - 
- Everett - 250 Patients seen
-Tacoma - 262 Patients seen
-Kitsap -   108 Patients seen 
Jamaica - Ocho Rios -10/14/11 - 10/24/11  This 5 day mission was lead by Steven Stern and successfully completed after seeing more that 1500 patients
Mazatlan - 9/16/11 - 9/26/11  This 5 day mission was lead by Ed and Carole Rich and was successfully completed after seeing more than 2500 patients. 
Project Homeless:  2010 - 
- Everett - 223 Patients seen
- Seattle - 278 Patients seen
-Tacoma - 250 Patients seen 
Jamaica - 9/18/10 - 9/28/10 - This 4 day mission lead by Steven Stern was successfully completed.  Over 1800 patients were seen.
Puerto Vallarta 5/19/10-5/29/10.  This 5 day mission to the Coapanole area of PV was lead by Ed and Carole Rich and was successfully completed after seeing over 2,500 patients.
Ecuador:  2/27/10-3/14/2010.  This 3 day mission to Guayaquil lead by Dr. Milt McCrum was successfully completed. Approximately 1000 patiens were seen.
Jamaica - 9/18/09 - 9/28/09 - This 4 day mission lead by Steven Stern was successfully completed.  Over 1800 patients were seen.   
La Ceiba, Honduras - 5/15/09 - 5/24/09.  This 10 day trip included three days of clinic at two sites, seeing over 1,000.  Dr. Chris Berry lead this mission.  
Thailand:   November 2008.  This four-day work trip was lead by Dr. Ed Worthen.  The Team worked four days and saw nearly 2000 patients.  Congratulations to the VOSHNorthwest Thailand team and in-country volunteers.
Samoa:  8/4/08 to 8/15/08.  This trip was lead by Dr. Mike DeRosier..
Coya, Peru - 2/18/08 to 2/21/08.  This trip was successfully completed and a beautiful lane of of optometric equipment at a small clinic in Coya.  was set up by Paul Caletti and his team.  They also saw approximately 125 patients while there.  
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - 11/8/07 to 11/18/07.  This trip was successfully completed.  The team, lead by Ed and Carole Rich saw 2,266 patients, which included 90 patients seen as at Puerto Vallarta prison.
Coban, Guatemala - 2/18/07 to 3/3/07.  The trip was successfully completed.  1600 patients were seen.  Congratulations to Team Leader Paul Caletti and his team.  
Malawi, Africa - July 2006.  The trip was successfully completed.  The team lead by Dr. Joe Dolezal saw 1100 patients.  We congratulate Dr. Dolezal and his team.  
Guatemala –  6/29/05 to 7/11/05. This trip was successfully completed.  The small team led by Dr. Rich Ryan saw 800 patients on this pre-surgical mission. 
Peru – 4/30/05 to 5/14/05.  This trip was successfully completed.  1200 patients were seen - we congratulate Dr. Brian Reeh and his team. 
Guatemala - 3/3/05 to 3/13/05.  This trip was successfully completed.  1600 patients were seen - we congratulate Dr. Jenna Fukushima and her team. 
El Salvador - 1/28/05 to 2/7/05.  This trip was successfully completed – we congratulate Dr. Ken Henderson and his team.
VOSH- Northwest
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH): Offering vision for a better world
VOSH Northwest The primary mission of VOSH-Northwest (a Chapter of VOSH-International) is to facilitate the provision of vision care worldwide to people who can neither afford nor obtain such care. The VOSHNorthwest Chapter covers the states of Washington and Idaho but boasts membership throughout the United States and the World.
       Dr. Ed Worthen, 1953-2016
In memory of Ed, who passed away December 4, 2016.  He was a devoted VOSHNorthwest member and one of the founders of the Puget Sound Chapter.  He will be dearly missed.   This is Ed at work on one of his many VOSH missions..
2018 VOSH-Northwest Membership Dues
$35.00
(Click here or go to the How To Join VOSH pick on the left )
How To Makes a Tax Deductible Contribution
2017 Work Party Schedule and location
VOSH Work parties take place at the VOSH Worksite located at the Starbuck Headquarters building on 1st Ave. S. in Seattle.  The Building address is:  2401 Utah Avenue South, Seattle WA 98134.  The worksite is located on the 2nd floor of the building.  Upon exiting the elevator, turn to the right and walk to the first door on the left where you will see posted a list of phone numbers to contact for entry. (Note this sign is posted only during the hours we are working.)
Work Parties are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and run from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.  
1.  Mission Document-English to Spanish Phrases
Mission Documents:
How To join VOSH Northwest.
Link to VOSH International Web Site
Link to PHOTOS of VOSH Northwest Missions 
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2018 Schedule
Wednesday January 10  Completed   
Wednesday January 24 Completed         
Wednesday February 14 Cancelled
Wednesday February 28 Completed
Wednesday March14  Members Meeting - RSVP                                           Required 
Wednesday March 28  Completed           
Wednesday April 11     Completed                 
Wednesday April 25     Completed
Wednesday May 9       Completed                
Wednesday May 23   Cancelled No VOSH Tonight 
Wednesday June 13   Completed     
Wednesday June 27   Completed         
Wednesday July 11     Completed           
Wednesday July 25                
Wednesday August 8           
Wednesday August 22              
Wednesday September 12     
Wednesday September 26 
Wednesday October 10          
Wednesday Oct.  24  
Wednesday November 14 
Wednesday November 28                             
Wednesday December 12  Holiday Party      
Wednesday December 26  No Work Party
VOSH Northwest 2018 Work Party Scheduled 
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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THESE 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018
 CONTRIBUTORS.
-A very special thanks to Nitze-Stagen for helping with our rent at the Starbucks Center for the past sixteen years (since 2001)
-The Alfred & Tillie Shemanski Turst Fund (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
-Walman Optical (Kent, WA), Essilor Vision Foundation (Farmers Branch, TX), and Central One Optical (Youngstown, OH) for their invaluable assistance in providing new eyeglasses for our missions.
-Vanguard Charitable 
--Frank Martin, Alaska Airlines waiving 30 bag fees for our 2014 Mexico mission.
--Spectrom Opthalmics, Inc. 2013 (donation of Topcon VT-SE Refractor)
-Jay McManus - for the VOSH Shelving Units (2011)
--Carol and Myron Richards (2006, 2009,2010)
Any questions regarding how to donate or the status of a donation can be directed us via the "E-Mail Me" tab to the left.
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Eye Lane Donated by Vosh Northwest to Clinic in Coya, Peru (2/08).  Jimmy the Optometry Student from Coya in picture.
Coapinole (PV, Mexico) 2010
Coapinole (PV, Mexico) 2010
Coapinole (PV, Mexico) 2010
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