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SIERRA VISTA LIONS CLUB SERVICE PROJECTS

 

SIGHT-RELATED NEEDS:  Whenever possible, we fund sight related needs (such as exams and  glasses) for individuals in our local community if there is a financial need.

Eyeglass Requests

To begin the eyeglass request process, please send an email to:

svlionsclub@cox.net

 

VISION SCREENING:  The Sierra Vista Lions Club, in coordination with other participating Lions Clubs and community volunteers throughout Cochise County, conducts a Vision Screening Program that is available to all schools and daycare facilities throughout the county.  So far over 10,000 pre-school/school age children and young adults have been screened during the past school year.  Read about this program on our Vision Screening Program page.

EYEGLASS COLLECTION:  We have collection boxes in several locations throughout Sierra Vista.  The glasses are collected  and counted, then sent to be distributed to those in need around the world.  The Sierra Vista Lions Club also collects hearing aids.  The collection sites are listed on the "Eyeglass Collection Sites" page of our website.

 

EYEGLASS SORTING & RECYCLING The Sierra Vista Lions Club is a Satellite Eyeglass Sorting Site for the Arizona Lions Eyeglass Recycling Terminal (ALERT) in Tucson.

Each month, we'll be sorting, evaluating, cleaning, and packaging hundreds of donated eyeglasses at our eyeglass sorting events.  Volunteers “read” useable glasses with a lensometer to determine the prescription and then package each pair of glasses according to prescription. The packaged glasses are taken up to the Arizona Lions Eyeglass Recycling Terminal (ALERT) in Tucson for further processing and distribution.

Lions Clubs and other volunteer humanitarian groups give the glasses to less fortunate individuals in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.  Our Lions eyeglass recycling programs make a lasting impact on thousands of lives, one person at a time.  YOU CAN TOO!!!

 

 

VERIFYING PRESCRIPTIONS OF DONATED EYEGLASSES As an ALERT Satellite Site, the Sierra Vista Lions Club uses a lensometer to determine the prescription strength of donated eyeglasses; then package each pair of glasses according to prescription. The packaged glasses are taken up to the Arizona Lions Eyeglass Recycling Terminal (ALERT) in Tucson for further processing and distribution.

Lions Clubs and other volunteer humanitarian groups give the glasses to less fortunate individuals in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.  Our Lions eyeglass recycling programs make a lasting impact on thousands of lives, one person at a time.  YOU CAN TOO!!!

 

Although our primary mission is to assist those with sight and hearing-related needs, the Sierra Vista Lions Club provides many other services to our local community, such as: 

 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S "RELAY FOR LIFE" - The Sierra Vista Lions Club sponsored the "SV Lions Roar" team comprised of 8 Lions and raised $1,700 for the American Cancer Society.  We handed out 92 pairs of sunglasses during our theme walk "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night".  SVLC Lions manned our booth, handed out reading glasses upon request, and provided information about our Lions Club and Lions Clubs International.

          

    

 

CHILDREN'S PEDIATRIC CANCER UNIT:  We provide funding to the Banner University Medical Center - Diamond Children's Pediatric Cancer Unit.  These funds are used to provide much needed resources for those affected by childhood cancer.

 

CHRISTMAS DRIVES:  We provide both funding and support to our local Christmas drives.

 

DOMESTIC CRISIS SHELTER: We provide support to our local Domestic Crisis Shelter.  The shelter provides various services for women & children who are victims of domestic violence including lodging for up to 45 days.

 

FLAGS FOR FIRST GRADERS:  Each year in February, near Arizona’s birthday, our club goes to 6 elementary schools and presents each first grader with a small American flag.  

We perform a ceremony that includes a brief history of the flag and lead the class in a pledge to the flag. We explain to them that it’s their personal flag, how to take care of it and its importance.  The Lions then remind them to be proud of their flag and to be proud to be an American.

These first graders have been learning to say the pledge of allegiance, have talked about our country, its flag, and our presidents before this assembly so this event reinforces the importance of our flag.

 

FORREST DOERNER LIONS LINEAR PARK:  Provide caretaking assistance for the park as needed.   

 

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMP:  We provide funding and support for Lions Camp Tatiyee in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ.   The Mission of Lions Camp Tatiyee is to provide a camping experience for challenged individuals, among their peers, that encourages independence and self-confidence. 

 

YOUTH EXCHANGE:  Provide funding and support for the C. Kirby Smithe International Youth Exchange.  The Mission of the Youth Exchange is to encourage and sponsor the exchange of youth between countries of the world and to foster the feeling of good will and understanding between the youth of the world.

                  

 

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS: We award two scholarships each year to deserving Buena High School seniors.  Details are listed on the "Scholorship" page on our website.

 

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