Who Are Lions?
Our Vision Statement
To be the global leader
in community and humanitarian service.
Our Mission Statement
To empower volunteers to
serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace
and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Who are the Lions?
Lions are an international network
of 1.3 million men and women in approximately 44,000 clubs in 202
countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs
that challenge communities around the world. Lions are men and women
who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917,
the volunteer organization's motto is "We Serve."
Known for working to end preventable
blindness, (see Helen
Keller) Lions participate in a vast variety of projects
important to their communities.
These projects range from cleaning
up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.
Since 1917, the association of Lions Clubs has provided millions of
people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities.
to make a difference everyday and everywhere and live up to their
motto, " We Serve".
Whats it all
about? What do we do and why do we
Service to Others
Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized
for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service
began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of
the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions
Clubs International Convention.
Today, Lions extend their commitment
to sight conservation through countless local efforts, as well as
through their international SightFirst Program and Lions World Sight
Day, a global partnership of United Nations agencies, eye care and
philanthropic organizations and health professionals, held the second
Thursday of each October to increase awareness of the need to eradicate
blindness. Lions also collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution
in developing countries year-round and especially during May, which
is Lions Recycle for Sight Month.
In addition, Lions make a strong
commitment to young people through youth outreach programs. Lions
also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled,
support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through
their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.
Based on a recent report of Lions
clubs worldwide, it is estimated that each Lions clubs donates approximately
£5,000 to charitable causes, totaling £220 million worldwide.
Each year Lions club members volunteer approximately 76 million hours,
which is equivalent to 36,500 people working full time for a year.
In 1990, Lions established SightFirst,
raising approximately £70 million to fight the major causes
of preventable and reversible blindness. The unprecedented program
joins Lions volunteers with blindness prevention experts and organizations
and governments. SightFirst has:
provided more than 7.1 million
built or expanded 213 eye hospitals
supported more than 80 million treatments to prevent river blindness
improved eye care in 90 countries around the world.
In 2005, Lions launched Campaign SightFirst II with a goal of raising
at least £75 million to continue and expand the extraordinary
work of SightFirst.
Lions clubs support other sight-related
activities. Lions clubs and members:
provide 600,000 free professional
glaucoma screenings and make 25,000 corneal transplants possible each
establish and support a majority of the world's eye banks, hundreds
of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide
collect more than 30 million pairs of used eyeglasses annually for
free distribution to those in need in developing countries
offer screenings, eyeglasses and sports goggles to athletes through
the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program
provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large
print texts, white canes and guide dogs for thousands of people each
To learn more about SightFirst,