Projects

Leader Dogs for the Blind
Leader Dogs for the Blind, located in Rochester, is a Nonprofit Organization that is committed to providing the legally blind with a means to assist them in living a full and more independent life. Leader Dog accepts and trains students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, and many other countries throughout the world. The school provides transportation for students from the United States and Canada. Room and board, the costs of training and all Leader Dog services are free of charge. Leader Dog is supported by Lions clubs, private donations, and corporate sponsorships. Learn more at: http://www.leaderdog.org/

Michigan Eye-Bank
Michigan Eye-Bank serves the entire state of Michigan with the incorporation, in 1971, of the Eye Bank at Wayne State University's Kresge Eye Institute and, in 1989, of the former Upper Michigan Lions Eye Bank in Marquette. The Eye-Bank mission is the restoration of sight. In order to fulfill this mission, the Eye-Bank provides corneal tissue for transplantation supports eye and vision research and promotes public awareness of the need for eye donors. Learn more at: http://www.mebtc.org/

Lions Bear Lake Camp
Lions Bear Lake Camp for physically challenged youth is owned and operated by Lions Visually Impaired Youth Camp, Inc. a 501C-3 Non Profit Corporation. The camp, located north of Lapeer opened its doors in July, 2000. It is financially supported by Lions, Lioness and Leos throughout Michigan. Learn more at: http://www.bearlakecamp.org/

Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Penrickton Center for Blind Children, located in Taylor, MI, is a unique, private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve. Each program is individually designed to promote independence in all aspects of daily living. Penrickton Center utilizes its experience and expertise to train and serve families, children and professionals through support services, education and advocacy. Learn more at: http://penrickton.com/

Silent Children's Speech Fund
Silent Children's Speech Fund provides funding for Beaumont's Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders. The Center was established in 1972 to help children with speech and language disorders learn to communicate. As one of the largest hospital-based children's speech and language centers in the United States, they provide a variety of specialty care programs for children with speech and language disorders. Learn more at: http://www.beaumont.edu/speech

Madonna University Lions Hearing Program
Madonna University Lions Hearing Program - Since it's inception in 1976, Madonna University's Office of Disability Resources (O.D.R.) has assisted more than one thousand (1000) students with disabilities. The O.D.R. employs four full-time employees who work as a team to create the best possible learning environment for students with disabilities. They are sensitive to the needs of individual students and are also fluent in American Sign Language. Learn more at: http://www.madonna.edu/university-resources/student-services/disability-resources-odr/lions-hearing-fund

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the only major diabetes organization focused exclusively on research. It is the number one nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research worldwide. Through its research funding, JDRF has been instrumental in establishing a focus on the needs of all people with diabetes, which has helped set the world's diabetes research agenda to find a cure. The primary objective of the Lions program is to reduce the number of new cases of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy through diabetes education, early detection and treatment, and support of research. Learn more at: http://www.jdrf.org

Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the grant-making arm of Lions Club International. Through gifts to LCIF, Lions can serve a broader community than they could on their own. Lions have reached out across the world to prevent river blindness in Nigeria, to help children with cardiac problems in Romania and to assist victims of earthquakes in El Salvador, India and Turkey. LCIF has approved more than $315 million in grants. This includes grants for its SightFirst program, humanitarian services, disaster relief and vocational assistance. LCIF is a powerful vehicle for Lions to make a difference in the world. The foundation harnesses the support of Lions and others, reaffirming the strong belief that many people working together can achieve more than people working alone. Recently, LCIF awarded two $10,000 emergency grants to Lions districts in Florida. The grants provide victims with vouchers redeemable at large multipurpose retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger Foods and K-mart. Learn more at: http://www.lcif.org

E-Blind Program
E-Blind Program is a Michigan non-profit corporation with 501(C)(3) status (tax deductible) founded on May 5, 1999 as a way of commemorating the Pontiac Lions Club's 75th Anniversary. It was felt that with so many emerging technologies, it was very important that these technologies be made available to the blind and visually impaired, and that a full time qualified instructor in this area be made available so that such technologies could be accessed by people wanting to investigate and learn such technologies. Learn more at: www.eblind.net

The Detroit Radio Information Service (DRIS)
DRIS, a radio-reading service for people with disabilities, is a self-supporting special audience service of WDET-FM at Wayne State University.   Since 1978, DRIS has filled an information void in the blind and print-impaired population by offering a simple, cost-effective method of accessing printed news and information published in hundreds of daily, weekly and monthly periodicals. DRIS is the only service of its kind in the region providing free reading services to one of the community's most under-served population groups. The programming helps listeners by providing equal access to dated information, alleviating isolation and providing a vital social connection.  Learn more at:  www.wdetfm.org/dris/  

Eye Glass and Hearing Aid Assistance
Eye Glass and Hearing Aid Assistance Each Lion club is a resource for those who live in their community and need eyeglasses, but cannot afford them. The Club will assist in the cost of eye exams and glasses if there is a sufficient need. Likewise, each Club is a resource for those who live in the community and need hearing aids, but cannot afford them.

Recycle for Sight Program Recycle for Sight Program - Used eyeglasses collected by Lions and other volunteers are recycled at one of ten Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers throughout the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries. Similarly, the Lions collect used hearing aids for distribution to those in need. Drop Off Locations
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