Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become her ‘knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness’ at the 1925 Lions International convention.

Today, in addition to the SightFirst program, run by the Lions Club International Foundation, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts: Lions Eyeglass Recycling Logo

  • Lions provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings and make possible 20,000 corneal transplants each year.
  • Lions establish and support a majority of the world's eye banks, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide.
  • Lions provide thousands each year with free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print texts, white canes and guide dogs.
  • Lions collect more than 3 million pairs of used eyeglasses each year for distribution in developing countries.
  • Since 1990, Lions have contributed over US$350 million to help improve vision worldwide.

Lions are also involved in a variety of other activities to improve their communities and help people in need, such as assisting the hearing-impaired, working with diabetes awareness and education, environmental projects and youth programs.

To support these efforts, Lions collect old eyeglasses for recycling and reuse.

For more information please contact Lion Mary Pruss 724-627-8331

If you have old eyeglasses that someone could use, we have drop boxes at:

  • Airport Restaurant, 417 East Roy E Furman Highway, Waynesburg
  • Alan Eye Center, 1159 Morris Street, Waynesburg
  • Cornerstone Care, 140 Church Street, Rogersville
  • Edward Jones, 82 West High Street, Waynesburg
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County, 25 East High Street, Waynesburg
  • First National Bank of Pennsylvania, 1 West High Street, Waynesburg
  • Humble Carpet, 1000 East High Street, Waynesburg
  • McCracken Pharmacy, 595 East High Street, Waynesburg
  • Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, 107 Curry Road, Waynesburg
  • Sears Optical, 9 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg
  • Waynesburg Moose Club
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Oak VIew Methodist Church
  • Church of Christ


Western PA Lions Hearing Foundation

The mission of the Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation is to purchase auditory devices, especially hearing aids, for adults and children with significant hearing impairment who would benefit from this technology and demonstrate financial need.Originally founded in 1979 as the Western Pennsylvania Ear Bank and Research Institute by Pennsylvania Lions Club District Governors from six western Pennsylvania districts, the organization initially collected tissue for research and clinical uses. As technology progressed, the Ear Bank become obsolete and the Foundation was established in 1986. Working with physicians and audiologists at UPMC Eye and Ear Institute the Foundation helps those who are deaf or hard of hearing appreciate the sounds of the world that many people take for granted.

The Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation has no paid personnel. The Executive Medical Director, and the Lions board members are totally a volunteer group. This enables the Foundation to return all resources to individuals in need of assistance. The Foundation relies solely on donations from Lions Clubs and grants from other sources.

Financial support from contributors, like you, is the Foundation's only source of funds. Your contribution can help ensure that there will be adequate funding to continue providing service for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Foundation will also accept donated hearing aids.

If you, your Lions Club or organization would like a presentation or if you are interested in making a donation contact Lion Peg Blair or Lion Kay Laskody.

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