Vision-Ease Lens Builds Another Home With Habitat for Humanity


More than 70 employees donate time and talent to the project

RAMSEY, MINN. (Oct. 3, 2012) – In its tradition of commitment to the community, Vision-Ease Lens (VEL) recently partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to construct a home in Coon Rapids, Minn. It’s the fourth year that employees of the Ramsey, Minn., based ophthalmic lens manufacturer volunteered their time with the organization to create a new home for a local family, who expects to move in spring of 2013.

Over the course of a week, 73 employees worked on the home, in conjunction with the city of Coon Rapids and Habitat for Humanity. The overall build involved renovating the home and leveling the garage before rebuilding it. Vision-Ease volunteers spent time:

  • Building the garage, from framing to putting up walls, the roof, shingles and wrap
  •  Demolishing areas of the home, including removing kitchen appliances, cabinets and flooring
  • Tearing out sheetrock and replacing it with insulation for interior, outside-facing walls
  • Removing and replacing windows, doors and sheetrock in the living room ceiling

“Vision-Ease Lens and its employees are dedicated to our local communities, and our work with Habitat for Humanity this year and in years past is one way we can give back in a very tangible way,” said John Oyen, VEL director of human resources. “It feels good to know that at the end of that week, a local family was that much closer to owning their own home.”

Besides hands-on work, VEL made monetary donations, and provided food and refreshments for those assisting with the project throughout the week. Vision-Ease Lens supports other charitable organizations throughout the year, including Toys for Tots, the United Way, and ABC Food shelf in Anoka, Minn.

For pictures of the VEL volunteers at work, visit

About Vision-Ease Lens

Headquartered in Ramsey, Minn., Vision-Ease Lens is a manufacturer of quality ophthalmic lenses including LifeRx® light-responsive lenses, Coppertone® polarized lenses, SunRx® polarized lenses, and Illumina® progressive line-free lenses. Vision-Ease Lens products are sold through independent opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists, as well as many retail chains and dispensing markets across the country. For more information about Vision-Ease Lens and its products, visit

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  1. Great story, thanks for sharing and kudos to the people from Vision-Ease for doing this, looks like it was hard, hard work!

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