Below is information and links to various organizations associated with Lions and levels of Lionism. Their name is a link to their website.
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Every day, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) works to fulfill our mission: "To support the efforts of Lions clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects."
Since our founding in 1968 we have strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals throughout the world, awarding over 12,000 grants totaling more than US$900 million, in the four key areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts.
We give sight. LCIF is providing vision for those in need all over the world by combating eye diseases, creating infrastructure to improve eye care delivery, increasing the number of trained eye care professionals and making vision care more equitable and sustainable.
We support youth. All young people deserve to have an education, feel cared for and experience healthy development so they can have the chance to achieve their dreams. Through our positive youth development program, Lions Quest, LCIF is helping children learn to work together, make positive decisions and serve their communities. The Foundation also supports youth through constructing schools, youth centers and vocational training centers.
We provide disaster relief. Lions are often some of the first to arrive at a disaster to provide relief, and Foundation support is right there with them. We help devastated communities survive after disasters and bring hope by assisting in long-term efforts of rebuilding of homes and lives.
We address humanitarian needs. From working to combat global health issues such as measles and diabetes to empowering those with disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives, LCIF is dedicated to a range of humanitarian service projects. The Foundation continues to develop and expand programs that meet emerging needs worldwide.
Multiple District 4 (MD4)
Multiple District 4 represents the Lions organization in 15 Sub-Districts within the State of California and an Administrative Office in Santa Barbara, California. MD4 is governed by the District Governors and Vice District Governors from these Districts and is known as the Council of Governors. The Council Chairperson is elected from the preceding year District Governors.
Lions District 4C4 comprises of 42 Lions clubs throughout San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and the City of Palo Alto, serving both their local community and international causes. We are part of the Lions Multiple District 4, a 15 District region of all Lions clubs in California. Our District is organized into 4 regions. We have 2 councils. whose purpose is to coordinate the Police, Sheriff and Fire Awards and to provide a venue for Club presidents and members to gather and share ideas. Peninsula Council of Lions Clubs is made up of all clubs located in San Mateo County and the City of Palo Alto. San Francisco Coordinating Council of Lions Clubs is made up of all clubs located in San Francisco County. Lions District 4-C4 District Clubs meet monthly at two Councils. All Lions District 4-C4 Clubs meet quarterly at Cabinet meeting to discuss District business and events.
Lions Eye Foundation of California & Nevada, Inc.
Their mission: To preserve and restore the gift of sight by providing free ophthalmic examinations, operations, and medication to the less fortunate members of our community.
The Lions Eye foundation of California-Nevada, Inc. (LEF) is a 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence over 55 years. For the past half century LEF has come to the aid of needy residents of Northern California and the entire state of Nevada requiring eye surgeries. Sponsored by local community-based lions clubs, LEF has grown the initial 19 member clubs to 338 member clubs representing over 10,000 individual members.
The Hearing Foundation (Ear of the Lion)
The Hearing Foundation (Ear of the Lion) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. Northern California Lions Clubs formed it in 1982. It is a MD-4 sanctioned Lions program. It has now expanded to clubs throughout California and Nevada. Clubs from all parts of California and Nevada are supporting it and referring patients to be assisted. The Lions realized that many who are hearing-impaired do not have the means to improve their hearing. The Foundation has a hearing aid bank and supports patients who need hearing aids. To date, thousands of patients have received care, through our efforts, that otherwise would not have been available to them. The Foundation's funding comes from Lions and Lions Clubs who understands and believes in our program. We also receive donations, both large and small from individuals who believe in our program. We have a trust fund where we deposit income from $250 Tosch Fellowships, $500 Life memberships, and $1000 Alexander Graham Bell Fellowships. Only the earnings from the trust account are used for operating the patient care program.
Lions in Sight
The mission of Lions In Sight is to promote the collection of used eyeglasses for the purpose of recycling and use in developing nations worldwide and to provide no cost primary eye care to the needy and low-income citizens in economically disadvantaged countries. This care is provided either through clinic missions or through established LIS permanent clinics. No-cost, comprehensive eye examinations are performed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist. A coalition of Lions Clubs in the United States and abroad, collect, neutralize/measure and dispense the used eyeglasses at no cost to visually challenged needy people. We are dedicated to bringing basic eye care and eyeglasses to a world of people in need.