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COVID 19 has changed the world. People are being impacted in ways we could not have imagined a few months ago.

We hope that this letter finds you healthy and coping with the different challenges facing all of us. The growing health and economic effects are staggering, especially for those in our community who were already vulnerable. The expanding demands on city, county, state, federal governments, and non-profit resources are just now being understood. Organizations, like the Victoria Lions, have been able, in normal times, to help fill the gaps, through charitable giving and volunteering.

However, right now, the Lions are being impacted as well. All of our normal fundraising streams have been shut down. Community events like Spring Fling have been canceled. Our biggest source of revenue, charitable gambling, shut down on March 17, when the bars were closed. The Victoria Lions and Foundation normally raise and distribute about $75,000 per year to support our Charitable Mission. We always have more demand than income, and as such we don’t maintain a lot of cash reserves.

We have made some tough decisions regarding some of our charities that we will not be able to support this year. We have reset and prioritized our giving through June when we hope our revenue streams will open back up. In the meantime, as Lions, we know that we should step up and try and support families in crisis, through no fault of their own, with financial and volunteer support to the best of our abilities.

The Lions are partnering with “The Carver County Resilience Team”, a collaborative group of charities, School District 112, County Services, and other service organizations in Carver County to identify those students, families, and charities in our area needing help. Working with this group, we are putting together a plan and needs assessment to efficiently funnel funds and volunteers to the correct community resources. Just a few of the immediate needs are

  • Distance Learning-It’s looking less likely that schools will open up. Most students in grades 1-12 have access to computers/Chromebooks through their schools. Not all students, however, have access to the internet and that is an identified need.
  • School Lunches are being funded by State and Federal Governments now. However, there is a need for meals outside of the normal lunch programs for students and families
  • Volunteers for transportation and warehousing for food banks
  • Temporary basic emergency needs. Housing and Gas and Grocery store cards

If you are blessed with health and a consistent income, we are asking that at this time of extreme need that you recognize this as an opportunity help.

More information will be coming, but for now, please consider a donation to the Lions Foundation of Victoria.

Checks may be mailed to:
Lions Foundation of Victoria (a 501(c)3 organization)
PO Box 315
Victoria, MN 33586
EIN 46-5460731

An on-line donation may be made:

Please Give,

Brent Romenesko 
Victoria Lions President 

Martin Teall
Lions Foundation of Victoria



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