Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the USA), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Did you know that the vast majority of LCIF’s grant funding is made possible by donations from Lions clubs and individual members worldwide? LCIF does not receive any portion of Lions membership dues. Did you also know that there are multiple ways to donate to LCIF?
Donate when you shop!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support LCIF every time you shop online, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to LCIF.
Donate when you take photos!
For every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to LCIF’s Sight for Kids program, up to US$40,000. Each photo you donate via the app (once every day through January 15, 2017) will help provide eye health education, vision screening and access to a professional eye exam to a child.
Donate when you exercise!
Now, you can walk or run to raise money for Sight for Kids wherever you are in the world. Simply download the Charity Miles app on your smartphone, select “Sight for Kids,” and take a walk! LCIF will receive a donation for every mile logged. Lions have been walking, running and cycling to raise money for Sight for Kids since our International Convention in June 2016.
Make your donation go further!
Maximize your impact through workplace giving. Many employers will match your donations to LCIF. Neighbor to Nation connects caring donors with trusted charities and Thrivent Financial helps citizens support meaningful service projects. Click here to see if your company will match your donation.
Making a difference has never been so easy. Celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a fun and unique donation to LCIF!
Thank you for supporting LCIF. Together, we are making the world a brighter place.
There remains much work in the fight against measles, but Lions have the power to help eliminate the disease. By contributing to LCIF, Lions are helping children in all countries where measles remains a heavy public health burden. Lions’ donations are combined with all donations to the Measles Initiative in order to have a greater impact around the world. Watch this video to see how Lions are taking a stand against measles, then consider making a donation to support the cause.
As Lions, we SERVE – which means we spend a lot of time and energy organizing service projects or fundraising events.
Successful service projects, whether they involve cleaning up a river, feeding the hungry or building a school, require good project managers and a well-defined process.
If you ever hoped to learn a better way of managing your club events or service projects, Leadership Development’s Project Management webinar would be beneficial to you.
Discuss the skills necessary to be an effective project manager, and examine the phases of project management:
Lions have long been deeply involved in the global effort to relieve hunger.
It’s a big fight: poor nutrition contributes to the death of more than 3 million children every year, and close to a billion people go hungry each day. To ease such misery, Lions battle hunger daily in their own communities.
Some distribute holiday food baskets; others volunteer at local food pantries or organize soup kitchens for the homeless. Typically, the help comes not from a distance, but close-up and personal. In Baggao, Philippines, Lions bring food to Taytay Elementary School to ensure impoverished students get a hot meal. In India, members of the Howrah Greater Lions Club bring food to elderly people “who don’t have anyone to look after them,” explained club member Pawan Kumar Berry.
Many Lions know firsthand what it feels like to suffer from lack of food. “I think hunger is the number one catastrophe in the world,” said Past International President Eberhard J. Wirfs, who served in that post from 2009 to 2010. Born in Germany during the Second World War, Wirfs hasn’t forgotten the post-war years in a shattered country, when he and his family were “hungry and barely able to get by.”
Because hunger can stunt a child’s ability to learn and grow, Lions work particularly hard to help hungry youngsters. Although free school lunch programs help U.S. children during the week, the Hamilton Lions Club in Indiana, USA—worried that local children were going hungry on the weekends—threw its support behind the Boomerang Backpack program, which sends students, who might otherwise not have enough to eat, home on Friday nights with backpacks filled with food.
“It makes me feel really good and happy to know that they’re not going hungry” on non-school days, said Hamilton Lion Jean Griffin Howard.
Thousands of miles away, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gerard Mulimbi, a member of the Kinshasa Tshangu Mwinda Lions Club, echoed the same sentiment. Through his group’s efforts, he said, “We are helping children who are suffering from malnutrition.”
There are many fronts in the battle. Lions in Kenya are fighting famine in Africa with food packages. When war in Lebanon drove many people from their homes, Lions opened a “charity restaurant” that fed a thousand people a day.
In South Africa, Lions have been fighting to reduce hunger for more than 40 years by providing meals to impoverished and hungry people, many of whom either have HIV-AIDS or are children who have lost parents to the disease.
Although victory over hunger remains far in the future, Lions say the fight is worth waging. With the backpack program, said Indiana teacher Randy Shoemaker, “We’re fighting childhood hunger. And if everybody comes together and we pool resources, then the children will win.”
Join us for the Worldwide Week of Service to Fight Hunger, January 9-15, 2017. Start planning your hunger project today, and invite your community to change the world with you!
LDUN was an unforgettable experience. We heard many different speakers on gender equality and peace. One speaker talked about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. We decided that this sounded like something that Leos could do and help make happen by 2030. We brought this idea back to our club, and we all thought it was a good idea. Our Leo club along with our local Lions Clubs, are committed to support all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Some will be tricky, but we believe that we can do it. We will also be using the information influenced by the other speakers (Carter Center, Syrian Refugee Crisis, etc) to help us come up with ideas to achieve these goals.
We fundraised our trip by selling candy bars of different varieties. We also went to different community groups such as the Waconia Lions Club and Cologne Fire Department and asked for donations towards our trip. Not only is this a great and effective way to raise money, but, you get to interact and converse with other clubs in your area! If your club is looking for a way to fundraise, we definitely suggest asking clubs for donations and selling a lot of candy bars!
As we started our fundraising, we were always asked “What are you raising the money for?” After we said it was for Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN), there was always the follow up question of “What is Lions Day with the UN?” It was hard to fully explain LDUN as we had never been to an event like LDUN before. We tried our best to share what little knowledge we had of LDUN to those who asked us. Even after we came back from LDUN it was a little difficult to explain what it was, but not for the same reason as before. It wasn’t the fact that we had a lack of experience at LDUN, it was because we felt that you had to be there to fully understand it. We shared our stories about what we did that day, but we believe that in order to really comprehend LDUN, one would have to experience it for themselves.
To experience LDUN for yourself, register online today! The registration fee for Leos is US$60.
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