LQ: Lions Vision Center

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“They now can see things they didn’t see before. And we’re so very proud of that. It really makes us feel good.”

Every year, the Arizona Lions Vision Center serves close to 15,000 people and provides 13,000 pairs of eyeglasses. The Lions offer free vision screenings at schools to help children see better and learn better; they offer affordable and oftentimes free eye care to low-income people across the state; and they expanded their reach to provide care for people in remote areas.

Watch the above Lions Quarterly video segment to learn more about how the Lions Vision Center has been serving communities in Arizona for more than 50 years. You can also download the entire Lions Quarterly to share at your next meeting or event.

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Worldwide Week of Service in Sight

You’re Invited: Lions Worldwide Week of Service in Sight

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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!

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Lions Announce New “Volunteer Days” Partnership

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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.

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Lions Respond to Refugee Crisis

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Dear Lions,

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.

Donate to LCIF


Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada


Photo Credit: Kyodo via AP Images

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Visit LCIF at the Upcoming USA/Canada Forum

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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:

  • On Friday, September 18, learn about Lions Quest, LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students, 10 a.m.
  • Later that day, at 2 p.m., be sure to attend the “LCIF Updates” session.
  • Also on Friday, September 18, there will be a session on “How to Apply for an LCIF Grant” at 3:30 p.m.

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.

forumrevisedYou can read about LCIF’s activities at the Europa Forum in the upcoming weeks.g weeks. 

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