Charitable Support Mission: Helping Children in Need!
At Roshambo Eyewear, we believe that everyone should have access to affordable and quality eyewear, regardless of their budget. That's why we offer a wide range of styles and sizes that are flexible, adaptable, and durable. Our glasses and sunglasses are perfect for kids, babies, and adults alike. And because we know that every family is different, we offer a variety of styles and sizes that are perfect for any occasion.
Our company name, ro•sham•bo, is a reference to the nostalgic game we all grew up playing (aka rock, paper, scissors). It also pays tribute to our charitable support mission: special education teachers have told us that playing ro•sham•bo with children with autism can be a valuable teaching tool when they need a quiet, calming personal interaction. We also have autism in our family, so giving back to our community will always will be a pillar of our business!
Our charitable support mission is to donate a portion of every sale to children's charity! In 2022, we will be expanding our charitable donations to include a variety of other children's focused non-profits, notably Gigi's Playhouse (down syndrome) and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (childhood cancer), in addition to our historical partner, Surfers Healing (autism).
About Surfers Healing
We take kids with autism surfing. We paddle out together on tandem boards to catch the waves that come our way. That's what we do; that's what we love.
On the surface, our contribution seems simple: each year, our volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach. But go deeper, and you'll see that a quiet revolution is taking place. Through the simple act of riding waves together, we're defying the status quo.
When we help kids get up on a board, we're challenging preconceived notions of capability. When we encourage participants to dive in, we're empowering them to engage with the world. And when we ride the waves together, we're affirming that every person is a gift.
Many children with autism struggle with sensory overload; in other words, simple sensations can overwhelm them. The weightlessness and rhythms of the ocean offer a therapeutic experience, a respite from the constant assault on their senses.
Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we've been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn't a 'cure', or even 'traditional' therapy. It's a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.
Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we've seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it's all about what their kids can do.
About GiGi's Playhouse
With over 50+ brick and mortar locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world, GiGi’s Playhouse is the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, we provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational, and career training programs for 80,000+ children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, and their communities.
Down syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet, it is the least funded. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, we make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed!
Through free programs and through our #GenerationG Campaign for global acceptance, we empower families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. To ensure lasting acceptance, we must show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are truly capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. Our program outcomes help advance this vital social impact goal.
"What I like best about GiGi’s Playhouse programs is that I get to meet new people and gain friendships I didn’t realize I needed!" said Cyd Devore, member of Gigi's Playhouse Canton and customer of Roshambo Shades. "Attending GiGi's programs forces me to take a break from the hectic daily schedule and catch up with other moms who go through the same struggles. We compare notes, we give each other tips/ suggestions on different methods to try with our kids, etc. We bond, we laugh, we cry and most of all, we encourage and celebrate our kids’ wins!"
About Alex's Lemonade Stand
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.
Every day, 700 children worldwide are diagnosed with childhood cancer. Yet, childhood cancer research only receives less than 4-percent of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget. It is up to all of us to fund research and find cures, so that someday these children are cured.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million.
Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $200 million so far, funding over 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.
"Our daughter is a retinoblastoma survivor and has been struggling with light sensitivity, so her prescription Roshambo sunglasses have been wonderful! Retinoblastoma is a type of cancer that starts in the retina, which is the very back part of the eye. It is the most common type of eye cancer in children." - Kari P.
Start Your Own Roshambo Fundraiser
We've also created a fundraising program so you can also fundraise for things that are important to you! Your school, sports team, church, charity, non-profit...you name it! Our "SUNdraiser" gives your network 10% off our entire website (including prescription glasses!), and at the end of each month we tally up all the sales using your code and send you 10% of the total! Easy as that. The more your friends, family and community buys, the more your cause gets! No limit to how much you can earn. If you are a part of a special needs non-profit or charity, we can provide your group with 20% off prescription glasses.
Zappos Adaptive Partner
In keeping with our mission to support individuals with special needs, in 2019 we started a partnership with Zappos Adaptive. Zappos Adaptive caters to the needs of people who have challenges getting dressed every day with a range of "adaptive" clothing and shoes. The items featured in the Zappos Adaptive line are designed for people with a range of conditions including autism, diabetes and mobility issues. Within the range are brands including 4Ward, Independence Day, PBS Kids, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, and now ro•sham•bo eyewear!
“Thanks so much for your help designing our new prescription glasses - no lenses were ever going to hold up for a year against one of my five year old twins. To say that the boys are wild tornadoes is an epic understatement. I’m impressed that they held up this long. I recommend your company to everyone. My boys having sensory seeking needs and are a lot to handle. I was terrified once Garrett needed glasses because I couldn’t figure out how he wasn’t going to break a pair weekly and/or hurt himself or his eyes with the plastic. Your frames really changed things for the best for us and my worry levels! Off to purchase a second pair because we need the sun protection of transition lenses since we live outside during the summer at the beach.” - Anne K. Knapp