SARASOTA, Fla. (October 5, 2022) – US Eye, the management company of multiple local ophthalmology groups, including Center For Sight and Southwest Florida Eye Care, is proud to announce the establishment of the US Eye Better Together Employee Relief Fund, a program providing charitable financial support to employees who have experienced significant loss during Hurricane Ian.
To support its employees during this time, US Eye launched the initiative with a commitment to match the first $50,000 in donations. Furthermore, US Eye’s Founder and CEO, David Shoemaker, M.D., generously offered to personally match an additional $25,000.
Within 24 hours of the donation campaign announcement, US Eye employees pledged over $50,000 in individual contributions for fellow employees impacted by hurricane Ian. The initial pledge milestone will be fully matched by US Eye and the company is hoping to significantly surpass that number in the coming days and weeks.
Speaking of the effort, Kinga Huse, President of US Eye, shares, “Unfortunately, the need is immense, and we would like to help as many of our team members as possible. Many of our vendors, colleagues and community members have reached out to us looking for ways to help. We decided to extend the opportunity to donate to the fund to the public for those who feel inclined to support. We hope this can provide much needed relief to our team members during this time.”
US Eye is a patient centric, physician led network of over 60 eye care practices across the southeastern United States. The company employs more than 300 individuals who live in the regions most devastated by the disaster and operates 25 eye care clinics across Southwest Florida, 17 of which were in the direct path of Hurricane Ian.
The employee relief fund is administered by E4E Relief, a 501(c)(3) organization. E4E Relief will accept employee grant applications, review submitted requests to make award determinations and process grant payments to the employees in need. Employees will receive a cash payout to cover any expense incurred as a result of the hurricane.
If you wish to support a US Eye team member, fill out the pledge form here: https://tinyurl.com/USEPledgeForm. No contribution is too small, and 100% of each tax-deductible donation will go directly towards helping US Eye families recover and rebuild their lives. Donations are accepted via ACH, check, or donor advised fund. Credit card processing will be available in the coming days.