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Do You Want to Make a Difference in Your Community?
Consider joining a local Lions Club or starting a new Lions Club!
Lions Clubs make a difference in their communities and you can be part of that difference. Across the world, Lions work hard to serve those less fortunate in their communities. We have an impact in our individual communities, across our states and across the world.
What type of person joins a Lions Club?
Any person who is interested in helping those less fortunate can be part of a Lions Club. Members are comprised of men and women of all ages who have expressed an interest in being a part of something bigger than themselves. Lions also sponsor Leo Club members; young people between the ages of 14 and 30 who want to provide service in their community. Our Clubs are filled with people from all walks of life who are committed to providing service.
What types of events do Lions Clubs hold?
Every Lions Club is different. In Massachusetts, you'll find Lions Clubs holding food drives, sponsoring youth sports teams and donating books and coats to those less fortunate. In addition, Lions Clubs hold a variety of fundraising events. You'll find Lions Clubs members flipping pancakes, holding meat raffles, sponsoring trivia nights and standing at intersections collecting donations for Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund.
What is the primary focus of Lions Clubs?
Lions Clubs primary focus in eradicating preventable blindness. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) the number of people who suffered blindness that could have been prevented in 2010 included:
Age related macular degeneration – 2,069,403
Cataracts - 24,409,978
Diabetic Retinopathy - 7,685,237
Glaucoma - 2,719,379
Lions have been focusing on preventable blindness since 1925. It was on June 30, 1925 at the International Convention, held in Cedar Point, Ohio that Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs members to become her knights of the blind. Hear Helen Keller's Speech
How do Lions work to prevent blindness?
Lions work tirelessly to prevent blindness. In Massachusetts, Lions work hard to raise money annually to fund grants to leading eye research facilities. We make grants to these important facilities to encourage researchers to find innovative ways to learn more about the leading causes and treatments of eye disease. We also work on other programs including:
Providing eye screenings - Lions across Massachusetts offer regular eye screenings in their communities. They do this by providing mobile units known as "Eyemobiles" or "Sight Mobiles" that provide free eye screenings. These are not full eye exams; however, they can help you learn about problems with your eyes early.
Diabetes awareness - One of the most common causes of vision loss is diabetes. Lions across Massachusetts provide information to their communities about diabetes. In addition, you'll find that local Lions Clubs sponsor young diabetes patients attendance at The Elliott P. Joslin Camps for Children with Diabetes and The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
Eyeglass recycling programs - Did you know that your old eyeglasses can help those in other countries? Every year, Lions Clubs members collect thousands of pairs of prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and they distribute them to countries that allow this type of program. These glasses are then fitted to someone who cannot afford glasses; helping give them the gift of sight.
Lions all over Massachusetts are committed to serving their communities. Here are some of the other things you may not know about Lions:
Fundraising efforts - Per the charter of Lions Clubs International, every Lions Club in Massachusetts (and the world) raise money for various charities. Funds that are collected for fundraising, outside of the costs of the event, are donated to charity. None of these funds are used for the administration of the Clubs, all administrative funds come from dues and raffles held during club meetings.
Service projects - Every Lions Club holds signature service projects. These projects may include feeding the hungry, service to the elderly and service to youth in their communities. Lions in Massachusetts also provide opportunities for youth including offering students opportunities to participate in a band, speech and essay contests and getting involved in Leo's Clubs.
Community cleanups - Lions participate in community cleanups during disasters and day-to-day. You'll find Lions participating in highway cleanups, recycling bottles and cans and recycling coats and more.
These are just a few of the ways that Lions are working hard in their communities. If you think you would like to help make a difference in your community, consider joining your local Lions Club. You can find a list of Lions Clubs in Massachusetts here:
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