The Painesville Lions Club is just one club of Lions Clubs International. Worldwide, there are in excess of 1.4 million Lions in 200+ countries or regions providing help to those in need. Below are local services or service projects with which we have recently been involved.

 Little Free Pantry at the Lake County Central YMCA in Painesville City

Great things happen with the idea of just one person. This is the case with our Little Free Pantry, Loated outside the side entrance at 933 Mentor Ave, Painesville, OH 44077Our Cub Irene had her idea and the club embraced it. This pantry has been achieved through the hard work of Painesville Lions and Cubs, partnership with both the YMCA and Little Annie's Hope Train, as well as with the Maple Elementary Service Club for a huge initial food drive. 

See the News 5 story here.

Anyone experiencing food insecurity, no matter the reason, may take what they need, no questions asked. This pantry is open 24/7. Those who are in a good place may also add to the pantry box. Food, seasonal, and hygiene items may be found in our Pantry. 

 Family Resource Center

Our club has established a relationship with Maribel Young at the Family Resource Center, and our club members have made several baskets of donations to serve the needs of families in Painesville City.

Cub Program backpack donation drive - March 2024: Boxes were constructed and placed at the Painesville Credit Union, Painesville United Methodist Church, Painesville City Hall, and Avery Dennison to collect backpacks for incoming new Painesville City Schools students throughout the year.

 Camp Ho Mita Koda (a camp for diabetic kids in Newbury Twp., Ohio)

The Painesville Lions Club has served Camp Ho Mita Koda in many ways, including building a handicap ramp to one of the cabins, log splitting, and cleaning. In fact, the camp was awarded a $60,000 diabetes grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation to renovate and update 12 cabins at the camp! We typically have camp service days several times a year and recently helped to build a "challenge wall" on the campgrounds. 

  Eye Exams and Other Vision-Related Services 

The Painesville Lions Club works to help people living in the area who need vision services when they can't afford them. We have been helping our neighbors in Painesville and nearby communities for the last 75+ years.

You can download an application and guidelines at

To apply for services, download and complete the application. Please read the guidelines. Send the application to the Painesville Lions Club, P.O. Box 633, Painesville, Ohio 44077. The application will be reviewed by the Lions Eye Program and you will be notified.  We do not pay for exams or glasses received elsewhere or obtained before approval. 

  Used Eyeglasses Collection

The Painesville Lions Club collects used eyeglasses to be recycled for distribution to populations in need throughout the world. You can drop off your used eyeglasses at numerous collection sites around the Lake County vicinity. A few of our eyeglass donation bins have been repainted and decorated by the kids in our Cub Program!

Used Eyeglass Collection Bin Locations

Fairport Senior Citizens Center  1380 East St., Fairport 44077

North Coast Optical, Mark A. Bashore, OD  6380 N. Ridge Rd., Madison 44057


Painesville City                                                                                   
Lake Erie College (Holden Center Side Door)  391 W Washington St, Painesville, OH 
First Congregational Church  22 Liberty St., Painesville 44077
Painesville United Methodist Church  71 N. Park PL., Painesville 44077
Johnson Funeral Home   368 Mentor Ave., Painesville 44077
Lake County Commissioners Office  105 Main St., Painesville 44077

Painesville Township  

Mentor Senior Citizens Center   8484 Munson Rd., Mentor 44060
Rohaley and Sons Automotive Repair   7445 Tyler Blvd., Mentor 44060
Habitat ReStore   34225 Vine St., Eastlake 44095
Lakeland Community College  7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland 44094
Vision Center - L Douglas Patton, O.D., Inc.  325 Center Street, Chardon

 Trex Plastic Film Recycling Collection

Painesville Lions Club loves this program! We help to keep plastic film such as sandwich bags, bread bags, plastic shopping bags and plastic wrap out of the landfills, and recycled into benches. 1000 lbs of plastic film collection will earn us one free bench (limit one per year), and we have already donated one bench to Camp Ho Mita Koda, a camp for diabetic children in Newbury Township, Ohio. This year we have also partnered with Painesville United Methodist Church and Steris Edoscopy to collect this plastic film. 

 Free Vision Screening at the Back to School Bash

the Back to School Bash was Harvey High School, and open to all Lake County school children in need for the upcoming school year.

 Maple Elementary Booster Donation for the Scholastic Book Fair

In 2022, we were able to help buy books for 63 young achievers

 Family Sponsorship for the Holidays

The club has sponsored local families, each with unique requests to make their holiday special. 

 Painesville Community Clean-Up Days

Members of the Painesville Lions Club have helped with clean-dp days for several years and painted park benches and tables at Recreation Park.  For more info, see

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