Lions KidSight USA

Lions SEE (Screening Eyes Early)

          Our club runs a free vision screening program to help identify pre-school children (ages 1 to 5) with or at risk for amblyopia ("Lazy Eye"). The program is offered in collaboration with Lions KidSight USA and the Lions SEE Program.

          Lions Silvia Estebanez, Teresita Angos, Jimmy S. Chu, Portia Fagel, Roque Lopez, Aurora Santoro and Joan Torres, Kishore Gangangari, Emma Dumalag and Cathy Aquino have screened hundreds of children in day care centers in Westchester County, the Bronx and La Romana, Dominican Republic.

          We now have our own screener, the Welch Allyn Spot which we purchased with money donated by Mrs. Linda Katz and a matching grant from the New York State and Bermuda Lions Foundation. Lions Emma Dumalag, Sivia Estbanez, Portia Fagel and Kishore Gangangari are Lions KidSight USA Foundation certified vision screeners.




Visions Center on Blindness (VCB)

          VISIONS VCB is a 35-acre year round residential rehabilitation and training center in Rockland County, New York, 35 miles north of New York City in the Village of New Hempstead. Established in 1926, VCB has become one of the largest and most comprehensive overnight training and vision rehabilitation facilities in the United States. Year round on weekends and during summer sessions, VCB serves 600 people of all ages.

          VCB is specially designed to encourage freedom of movement and independence. All walkways are paved. Guide rails border every path and ramps leading to dormitories and other facilities. Participants reside in coed dormitories, primarily in double rooms with some single rooms available. Bathrooms are shared and are accessible in most areas for wheelchair users. Porches and lounges offer cozy spots to relax and make new friends. Cottages are available for families and sighted siblings to create a comfortable environment where parents can participate with other families to learn how to care for their children, and discover the range of rehabilitation services available to their child.

          We adopted Cottage # 5 in 2001 near the dog run and we clean the cottage in June to get it ready for the summer and again in October to close it down for the winter.

Lions Etchie Angos, Jocelyn Archimedes and Rene Punzalan

Lions Camp Badger

         The Empire State Special Needs Experience, Inc. (Camp Badger) is a not for profit corporation and is a project of the New York State and Bermida Lions, Lionesses and Leos. Their mission is to provide services that enhance the educational, vocational, personal growth and independence of differently-abled youth and adults.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

          Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as well as service dogs to children with autism. Guiding Eyes for the Blind has the generous support of Lions Clubs from throughout the metropolitan NY region and beyond.  Lions Clubs’ donations have been instrumental in many Guiding Eyes achievements.

New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (NJERC)

          The purpose of the NJLERC as an organization is to collect, clean, neutralize and designate the prescription of used eyeglasses and to store and package them for distribution to needy groups and individuals throughout the world.

          The eyeglasses that we distributed in Santiago and La Romana, Dominican Republic in March 2013, in Catanduanes in 2013 and in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines in 2014 were from the NJERC.The same is true for those eyeglasses that we needed for our missions in 2015 in La Romana, Dominican Republic, in May 2017 in Baguio, Philippines and Octobr 2017 in Barahona, Dominican Republic and in May 2018 in Sagada, Mountain Province and Baguio, Philippines.


New Eyes for the Needy

         New Eyes for the Needy purchase new prescription eyeglasses for U.S. residents and distribute used glasses to the disadvantaged in developing countries. New Eyes donated the eyeglasses that we distributed in Antipolo City and Catanduanes in 2012 and in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines in 2013.


Food Bank for Westchester is now Feeding Westchester

          The mission of Feeding Westchester is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County in creating a hunger-free environment. Feeding Westchester serves over 265 local hunger-relief programs throughout Westchester, including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers, and shelters. The Food Bank provides 95% of all the food given to hungry families, children and seniors as cooked meals or groceries to take home.         

          Almost 53% of the hungry people served by Feeding Westcester live on income at/or below the poverty level. 22% of the estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of hunger are seniors over the age of 60; 33% are children age 18 or younger.

          From a soup kitchen in Yonkers, to children at day care centers in Peekskill, to teenage mothers in Mount Vernon, or seniors having lunch at a residential facility in New Rochelle, the goal of The Food Bank for Westchester is to provide food assistance to those who need it.

          How to help: 1. Donate funds

                               2. Donate time

                               3. Donate food

          Volunteers work in the warehouse and offices and at events. Last year, 8,747 volunteers donated 19,882 hours to the Food Bank so that others may eat. These efforts enabled the food bank to distribute over 7.2 million pounds of food which is the equivalent of 6 million meals to those hungry or at risk of hunger in Westchester County. Since January 2015, we have started to volunteer at the bank at least once a week.



          Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. They and we envision is a world where all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others and believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families.

Here's how it works: 1) Choose a borrower

                                  2) Make a loan

                                  3) Get repaid

                                  4) Repeat


Social performance badges we have lent to

     We started this project in July 2009 and as of March 2018 our team has made 126 loans. Lion Kishore Gangangari is our team captain. Below is a picture of Julie Elina Christiane of Madagascar who buys and sells rice, pasta and water.



     Afya Foundation

             Afya recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment from healthcare centers. Each year, American hospitals discard 7,000 tons of usable medical supplies. Since 2008, Afya has recovered $26 million worth of these critical supplies.

          Each year, hundreds of volunteers, Yonkers Millennium among them,  donate a combined 20,000 hours of service to sort, inventory and pack  recovered medical supplies. This process allows Afya to maintain a detailed database of their inventory so they can tailor their shipments to their partners’ needs.

          Afya has worked with public health partners in 56 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. They work with healthcare professionals to ascertain the specific needs of each mission and ship custom containers, pallets or duffel bags.










 NY Cares

          The New York Cares Coat Drive provides New Yorkers in need with warm winter coats every year. With the generosity of thousands of caring New Yorkers, they have collected and distributed over 1.6 million coats since the drive began in 1988. Starting in November, the people citywide donate gently-used, freshly laundered coats to almost 200 public sites around the city, as well as hundreds of private sites hosted by corporations and civic groups. We started the collecting coats in 2014.


Global Medical Relief Fund

          The non-profit, non-partisan Global Medical Relief Fund “Federal Tax ID: 13-3987722” aids children who are missing or have lost the use of limbs or eyes, or have been severely burned, or have been injured due to war, natural disaster or illness.

               Since its founding in 1997, GMRF has brought more than 150 children to the U.S. from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia for treatments, surgeries and prosthetic limb and eye fittings. What higher mission is there than aiding innocent, victimized children?






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