Although Spanda Inc., is a newer organization, we have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time! Our team includes a dedicated Board of Directors, staff and wonderful community volunteers who follow these guiding values:
We all are leaders with a clear vision and purpose, and celebrate our accomplishments.
We operate with honesty, we are reliable, we are humble and we are stewards of our community’s resources.
We have enthusiasm, energy and inspiration for our work and service to others.
We operate with compassion, awareness and empowerment for those we are privileged to serve.
Spanda Inc., was founded as a non-profit organization in 2006 by Dr. DeAnn Fitzgerald, a local Cedar Rapids, Iowa, optometrist. Spanda means “movement” and its motto is: “it takes only a single idea, a single action to move the world.” Spanda Inc.’s mission is to combine optometry with other health care specialties to improve the lives of all individuals—regardless of age or personal situations—throughout the world. Spanda Inc., prides itself in partnering with other organizations to further this important mission.
Dr. DeAnn Fitzgerald has a strong history of philanthropic work and experience. In 2006, after meeting, Adele Booysen, Communications Director of Empowering Lives International, Dr. Fitzgerald launched the first mission to Kenya, to deliver eye care services.
In 2008, Dr. Fitzgerald wished to expand Spanda’s focus to include her local community. Spanda Inc., developed and opened Cedar Rapids Vision In Motion, a vision wellness and rehabilitation clinic designed to meet the needs of community members.
The following is a video explaining the "journey" of Spanda Inc., and how the two programs of Spanda Inc., have helped individuals around the world.
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