Lions are leaders in service—both in their communities and around the world. That’s why, this October 4–10, Lions everywhere are coming together for a special international event. The Lions Worldwide Week of Service in Sight is a service event designed to eliminate preventable blindness and improve sight by helping to ensure that everyone has access to quality vision care.
There are tons of ways your club can join in the fun—from helping friends and neighbors get access to adequate vision care through health fairs and education, to providing free vision screenings for school children in your area.
Need a few more ideas? Visit the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight website for a list of projects ideas to get your club started. And consider hosting your project on October 8 to join in the World Sight Day celebration.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! Help us reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by hosting a service project, and your club will be eligible to receive a special Centennial banner patch when you report your activities on MyLCI.
Visit the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight page to learn more and start planning your project today!
Lions Clubs International and Lions Clubs International Foundation have partnered with Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., for “Anthem Volunteer Days,” a month-long community service event being held nationwide this October.
Local Lions will host Anthem employees and their families for service projects designed to improve communities and promote healthy living. Projects will be held in 17 cities around the USA, including Indianapolis, Indiana, the home of Anthem, Inc. headquarters.
As part of the partnership, Anthem, Inc. will donate US$250,000 to Lions Clubs International Foundation to support its humanitarian work.
“This event is a great example of what can be achieved when partners work together to strengthen their local communities,” said Lions Clubs International President, Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada. “We’re looking forward to working side by side with Anthem volunteers to serve our communities in October.”
Service projects will be developed by individual Lions clubs and tailored to the needs of the communities they will impact.
“At Anthem we are committed to supporting community initiatives that help create a healthier generation of Americans,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director for the Anthem Foundation. “We’re proud to join forces with Lions Clubs International Foundation, and the hard working Lions who are serving throughout the country, to improve the communities we all call home.”
Anthem Volunteer Days builds on Anthem’s commitment to year-round community service and extends its impact by partnering with the largest service club organization in the world. Lions from clubs around the USA will engage over 1,000 Anthem employees and family members in projects benefitting people in 17 different communities.
Anthem Volunteer Days impacts communities in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, and Virginia.
An international refugee crisis is unfolding before our eyes, as hundreds of thousands of people from Syria and parts of Iraq flee violence in their homeland, seeking safety in Europe. Many European nations have agreed to take in refugees, but some governments are not equipped to handle the massive influx of people – most carrying with them all their worldly goods in one or two suitcases.
Lions – I chose as my presidential theme “Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.” The current refugee crisis is a humanitarian tragedy of epic proportions. Now is the time to act.
I challenge Lions in all countries that have taken in refugees to contact your local and federal government to offer your assistance. Your government can tell you where the need is, and how best to help. I also challenge Lions in other nations to contact Lions in the countries hosting refugees. There may be opportunities to provide support.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded grants for Lions-led relief efforts in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. Please consider making a donation today so that LCIF and Lions can continue providing humanitarian aid and promoting harmony around the world.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Photo Credit: Kyodo via AP Images
Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) can help Lions change lives in your community? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s USA/Canada Forum, September 17-19, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. LCIF will have representatives on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!
This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:
Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.
You can read about LCIF’s activities at the Europa Forum in the upcoming weeks.g weeks.
With funds raised through Campaign SightFirst II, SightFirst is able to support new project areas aimed at providing “vision for all.” These include vision rehabilitation and education for those who are blind or have low vision, as well as vision research initiatives. While research is different from the traditional SightFirst strategies of service delivery and capacity building, it has the potential to improve these core program activities and enhance blindness prevention efforts worldwide.
During a recent SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting, five grants were approved for research projects, totaling US$436,667:
“Yaounde Urban Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness with Diabetic Retinopathy Module”
Brien Holden Vision Institute
“Rapid Assessment of Refractive Error in Bogota, Colombia”
Joslin Diabetes Center
“Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness with Diabetic Retinopathy Module in Region 3, Philippines”
University of Hyderabad
“Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness in the Maldives and Timor Leste”
SightFirst funds operational and evaluative public health research projects. Projects must relate to improving SightFirst programs by identifying needs and assessing program strategies, especially related to equity, capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of eye care. Expanding the monitoring and evaluation budgets of existing SightFirst projects are also considered.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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