Every night nearly 1 billion people go to sleep hungry, according to USAID. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Nearly 100 years ago, our founder, Melvin Jones had a vision of community leaders coming together to solve global problems like hunger. Today, his vision lives on as Lions Clubs International.
This January make a difference in your community by joining the Lions Worldwide Week of Service. The week-long celebration of service honoring the birth of Melvin Jones kicks off January 10th and is the perfect opportunity to sponsor a service project addressing hunger in your community.
Not sure how to get started? January is Relieving the Hunger Month, and Lions clubs everywhere are sponsoring service projects helping to ease hunger around the globe. Whether it’s donating to a food bank or delivering meals to older members of your community, there are countless ways to make a difference this January.
And remember, your club can earn a special Centennial banner patch with gemstone design when you participate in the Lions Worldwide Week of Service in January by sponsoring a service project impacting one of our Global Service Action campaigns.
For project ideas and more information on Relieving the Hunger, download the project ideas list. Then visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service in January website to learn more about the celebration and to download the flyer to share with your club. Together we can ensure that no one in our communities has to go to bed hungry.
Start planning your project and make a difference today!
Today’s guest blog post was written by Annabelle Regan. Annabelle and her fellow university classmates created this video, “Noelene from Lions,” as a part of a group project to create a short documentary about an unsung hero in their community. For more information, follow the Lions Clubs of Australia on Facebook, and stay up-to-date on their current projects and activities.
Thirty-four years of service to Lions Club Australia is no small feat. Noelene Heggart and her fellow Lions at the Lions Club of Mayfield Waratah for the Blind and Vision Impaired, have a passion and generosity that has driven them to work tirelessly for other people for so many years. And they show no signs of slowing down just yet.
Joining the Lions Club in 1979, Noelene worked hard to move from being a “Lions Lady” to the first female district governor of 201N3. During her period as governor, she was instrumental in the chartering of the Lions Club of Mayfield Waratah Blind and Vision Impaired in 1997, and has been to every meeting since. The club was formed on the idea of allowing everyone, no matter what their ability is, to contribute to making their community a better place. Seventeen years later, that ideology still remains.
They give wherever they can. Last year donations were made to 24 different causes, nationally and globally. They never set any focus on monetary goals, instead focusing on contributing where they can. In every charitable project, everyone participates in whatever way they are able. From Christmas shoebox appeals, charity raffles, lucky envelopes to larger projects supporting Special Needs children in the Kiribati islands; sending over educational supplies as well as measured canes for the blind and vision impaired children. These Lions’ wish is only to help those less fortunate.
I met Noelene after a search to record a short documentary about an unsung hero in my community. After first meeting with her, it was immediately evident that she possessed a kindness and positive spirit that was simply unparalleled. She was the heart of her local Lions Club. She welcomed me into their club like I was one of their own and inspired me with their love for their community and desire to see positive change.
Meeting Noelene and her fellow Lions was truly inspirational. Her selfless nature was immediately evident upon first meeting her. Listening to her speak of her efforts and achievements was never an individual effort, but work achieved through the Lions community of which she was a part. Her passion for the Lions club and helping those less fortunate in her community resonated with me. She truly encapsulates the Lions spirit: selfless, generous, passionate and constantly working to better her community.
The four minute film “Noelene from Lions” was made by April Linacre, Siobhan Kelly, Hunter Powell and Annabelle Regan as a University group project. Our aim was to showcase Noelene’s amazing generous spirit.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has earned its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for its effective fiscal management and its commitment to accountability and transparency.
Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator is the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in the United States. Charity Navigator examines the financial health, accountability and transparency of charities to determine its ratings. Financial information is based on each charity’s 990 tax filing in the United States. Ratings show how well evaluated charities have sustained their programs and services over time.
LCIF’s 4-star rating indicates that it consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 12 percent of the charities evaluated earned a third consecutive 4-star rating. This exceptional distinction means that LCIF outperforms most other charitable organizations in the United States. LCIF donors can be confident their donations are being used in support of the programs for which they are intended.
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About Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.
About Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
LCIF is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million men and women members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide. Since 1968, LCIF supports Lions by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts, including preventing avoidable blindness on a global scale for more than 20 years through LCIF’s SightFirst program. To date, Lions are investing US$415 million in SightFirst’s local capacity building efforts and have helped restore sight to millions worldwide. Learn more at www.lcif.org.
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In the special edition December LION Magazine, read first-person stories from Lions around the world about what being a Lion means to them.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
Between the months of December and January, we are encouraging Lions to get involved and help relieve world hunger through participation in the Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign. We encourage Lions to not only plan hunger relief projects during these months, but throughout the year.
Learn the best ways of working with our partners, Feeding America and Global Foodbanking Network, and local partners such as food pantries, soup kitchens, restaurants, schools, senior centers and more.
Check out our webinar, “Working Together to Relieve Hunger” for ideas, stories and best practices for working with our food banking partners to relieve hunger.
During these months we will highlight hunger projects such as:
Lions worldwide are working towards serving 100 million people by 2017 through their participation in the Centennial Service Challenge with projects that focus on youth, vision, the environment and hunger. Our goal is to benefit 25 million people through hunger relief, with a special goal of serving 10 million with ongoing food assistance. Report your club’s activities to MyLCI, and don’t forget to share photos of your project on social media sites with the hashtag #LIONS100.
How will your club relieve the hunger?
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