Lions Clubs – Ready to Help, Worldwide
Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
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Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world's largest service club organization. We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.
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LIONS CLUBS, WHAT THEY DO?
Eye Exams and Glasses – Most Lions Clubs provide Eye Exams and Glasses to financially disadvantaged individuals in their community at no cost to the individuals. The exams and glasses are provided by the eye care professional or paid by the Lions Club. The program starts with a verbal vetting process to ensure eligibility followed with a matching to an appropriate eye care provider.
Eye Therapy or other Eye Corrections - If children are in need of eye therapy or other vision correction procedures, Lions Clubs will work to identify where to go and how to pay for the process. Depending on the situation, there may be funding available through School Districts, locally or regionally. Additionally, Lions Clubs work with the local Blind Association or Vision Resource Centers to provide other assistance.
Corneal Transplantation - When an individual in need of a corneal transplantation comes to a Lions Club, the local club partners with the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware County http://www.lebdv.org to assist the individual in obtaining the Corneas necessary for the operation as well as assistance in funding.
Leader Dogs - If someone is blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind and a Leader Dog could help, contact a local Lions Club. Lions Clubs partner with Leader Dogs for the Blind http://www.leaderdog.org/ to help provide Leader Dogs giving the individual skills for a lifetime of independent travel and opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight.
KidSight – A number of Lions Clubs throughout the United States provide free eye testing to children. The program uses PediaVision Spot Vision Screener and targets Amblyopia, Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism. The testing is usually performed at daycare centers, pre-schools and children’s events.
Beacon Lodge - The Pennsylvania Lions Beacon Lodge Camp http://www.beaconlodge.com/ is a beautiful five hundred and eighty-three acre summer camp for children and adults with special needs including blindness, deafness, and many other physical and mental challenges. It is nestled in the natural woodlands along the Juniata River of Central Pennsylvania just two miles west of Newton Hamilton, near Mount Union. Beacon Lodge was established in 1948 as a summer camp for blind residents of Pennsylvania. It has grown into a favorite retreat for many people with disabilities as well as a conference center for special groups, an educational facility for families, a rental camp for group retreats, and more. The goals of the camp were and are to present a well-rounded program adaptable to all campers and others, regardless of age, race, creed or color. Most Lions clubs will sponsor families and individuals with special needs. A new program, in its second year, sponsors disabled veterans and their families.
Durable Medical Equipment - A number of Lions Clubs maintain an inventory of Durable Medical Equipment that is available to anyone that needs the equipment. The inventory can include; Wheel Chairs (regular and wide), specialized Wheel Chairs, Transfer Chairs, Shower Seats, Tub Transfer Seats, Porta Potties (regular and wide), Hospital Beds, Canes (various types), Walkers (various types), Electric Scooters, Reach Sticks, Crutches, Lift Chairs and other miscellaneous items.
Hearing Aid Program – The Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project (AHAP) enables Lions to provide high-quality, low cost hearing aids to individuals who would otherwise never be able to afford them. Lions Clubs International Foundation has partnered with hearing aid manufacturer Rexton, Inc. to offer three types of digital hearing aids for low-income individuals through Lions’ hearing programs and Lions clubs.
Recycling Programs – Lions collect and recycle Used Eyeglasses (distributed throughout the world), Hearing Aids (for use in the united States), Baseball hats (distributed to countries along the Equator to protect the eyes), Soda/Beer Tabs and Glossy Magazines (given to the Ronald McDonald House), Medical Equipment (those Lions clubs that have a Medical Equipment program) and any Devices that aid the Blind / Vision Impaired.
International Aid and Grants – International Lions approves $6 - $10 Million in grants every month to be used by the local Lions clubs. Examples of these grants include; construction of a Blood bank in Alaska, expanding a center for mentally disabled youth in France, construction of a respite house for disabled youth in Australia, equipping two hospitals in Northern Thailand, expanding schools in India, purchasing transport vehicles for disabled and seniors in Japan, assist in purchasing eye testing equipment in multiple States in the US, purchasing a microkeratome machine for an eye bank in Japan, equipping an ophthalmology center in Canada, establishing a digital library for visually impaired in Macedonia, clean water projects in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Mali, constructing an elementary school in Cambodia, equipping a hospice for children in Denmark, equipping an autism center in China, purchase and equip a mobile women’s cancer screening unit in Taiwan, purchase a newborn ear screening unit in Turkey, equip a neonatal ward in Democratic Republic of Congo, and purchase low vision equipment for an Orphanage in Ukraine. In every case the local Lions club initiates the project finds local funding and applies for assistance from the International Lions Grant programs.
Local Lions Clubs also donate (financially and with service) to community projects, non-profits and schools. If you see a need, call your local Lions Club. If you do not know who to call go to the home page of the Lions International Web site, http://www.lionsclubs.org and “find a club” using the zip code. If you would like to join a Lions Club express your interest to any Lion.