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Community Outreach and Charity Initiatives

At Drs. Jacobs and Diaz, Optometrists, community is a driving force behind all we do.  Blacksburg, and the entire NRV is an amazing place, filled with warm, wonderful, and committed people.  We can’t help but want to do what we can to support it, and particularly reach out to those of our neighbors in need.

Our efforts include visits to Warm Hearth Village and Heritage Hall bringing eye care to those unable to travel to see us; providing ultra low or no-cost eye care and services for those referred through our local Lions Clubs, VISION USA, and To Our House (serving homeless men during the winter months); raising awareness and funds for VICCC and NRV Cares (two local non-profits dedicated to some of our most vulnerable community members) thru our Annual Trunk Show and Local Charity Fundraiser; and providing $1000s of dollars a year in support for a wide array of local organizations.  For our whole staff, community service is a vital and rewarding part of every day.

Dr. Jacobs was recognized as a Leading Light – Community Volunteer of the Year in 2014.  He is currently, or has recently been involved with the following civic and charity organizations.

Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club – 25+ year active member
Blacksburg Jewish Community Center – Former office holder and current Board member
New River Valley Cares – long time Gala Committee member
Hillel at Virginia Tech – past Community Advisory Board member
New River Community Action – Head Start Health Advisory Committee member
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc – member
Blacksburg Partnership – member/investor


Dr Steve Jacobs NRV Leading Lights awardees

Dr. Jacobs Receives the 2014 NRV Leading Lights Community Award

Dr Steve Jacobs speaking at NRV Leading LightsAt a gala event held at the German Club Manor, our very own optometrist Dr. Steve Jacobs, was recognized for his many years of service to the NRV community. Also  receiving awards were:

  • Jim & Lenna Moore Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave & Merilyn Armstrong of Dublin;
  • Community Award: Mary Susan Vehorn of Radford
  • Collegiate Award: Chelsea Hall, Virginia Tech
  • Youth Award: Rebecca Kay Stephens, Giles High School

We're proud to be affiliated with this great organization and to work with so many selfless volunteers whose sole purpose is to give back to our wonderful community.

More information and pictures at New-River-Valley-Leading-Lights Facebook Page