McKinleyville Lions Club

The McKinleyville Lions Club is actively involved in the community. Members and their families donate approximately 400 hours per month on projects and programs that benefit the local community. The club’s main fundraisers are servicing the Lions Mint locations in McKinleyville, Blue Lake and Arcata and the annual White Cane Day event. This is a three-day event in October where members man tables at Kmart, Ray’s and Safeway in McKinleyville to provide information to the community and accept donations which are used to fund exams and eyeglasses for local residents. The club’s main service project is the annual Winter Express Children’s Christmas program. This year, we are anticipating the participation of approximately 720 students (K-3rd) from six local elementary schools and over 200 volunteers to help make this excursion an event to remember. Members collect old eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones and ink/toner cartridges for reuse/recycling programs.

The McKinleyville Lions Club community involvement includes:  five members serve on the Winter Express committee, three members serve on the Northcoast Lions Eye Foundation board, one member is a Lieutenant for the Sheriff’s Citizens On Patrol (SCOP) program, one member serves on the Northern Humboldt Eyes for the Blind board, two members serve on the McKinleyville Federated Women’s Club board, one member is a volunteer with the SCOP program, one member is certified with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), one member serves on various committees that help Latino individuals, one member volunteers weekly at Mad River Hospital and one member volunteers weekly at Patrick’s Point State Park.

The McKinleyville Lions Club funds approximately 20 exams and glasses annually for local individuals in need. The club’s newest project is offering free Spot vision screening events to local individuals. In the last year, we have organized screenings open to the public and have screened a total of 176 individuals were screened and 52 were referred to an optometrist. Screenings were also coordinated with the school nurse at Dow’s Prairie, Morris and McKinleyville Middle School. A total of 1,012 students were screened and 103 were referred to an optometrist. The Spot Vision device can screen individuals of all ages and is proven to be helpful in early detection of vision issues in young children. Infants and toddlers can also be screened, as this equipment does not require personal contact or verbal interaction and only takes seconds to provide accurate results for most individuals. Each person screened receives a printout of the results to show whether a follow-up appointment with an Optometrist is recommended for the issues listed above.

The McKinleyville Lions Club makes annual contributions to Northcoast Lions Eye Foundation, Northern Humboldt Eyes for the Blind (a local chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind), City of Hope – Dollar & A Prayer and the Ear of the Lion Foundation, as well as funding various requests throughout the year. For more information, call Lion Bob Wainwright at 839-3768.

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