Laingsburg Lions Club
Founded in 1939 by Lions Club members, Charles Nutting, Don Schuur and S.A. Dodge, Leader Dogs has successfully matched and graduated over 13,000 person / dog teams since its inception. The dream of these men became vision and independance for thousands.
In 1985, the Illinois Eye-Bank and Michigan Eye-Bank formed a partnership—one that would earn a reputation for clinical excellence made possible by some of the finest medical directors, staff and board members in the eye banking field. The success of the organization attracted affiliations with other regional eye banks like the BroMenn-Watson Gailey Eye-Bank, Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey, Cleveland Eye Bank and the Connecticut Eye Bank, forming one of the largest networks of eye banks in the U.S.
In 2015, the network became known as Eversight, all working together as a unified operation to deliver the highest quality services to surgeons and their patients and to continue to grow our impact around the world.
Eversight is a non-profit organization formed with the mission to restore sight and prevent blindness. They recover, evaluate and provide human eye tissue for transplantation; support research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promote donation awareness; and provide humanitarian aid to people in need around the world.
The primary objective of the Lions program is to reduce the number of new cases of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy through diabetes education, early detection and treatment, and support of research. Lions are especially encouraged to conduct awareness activities during the month of November--Lions Diabetes Education Month.
The Lions Club's Bear Lake Camp has found a permanent home in Lapeer. The camp has moved three times since it was started in 1982 in Franklin. It moved to Altman, then to Oxford and finally to Lapeer. The camp can house up to 160 children and welcomes children who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, ancer patients and those with juvenile diabetes. They aspire to provide a premiere outdoor recreational/educational facility providing opportunities for people of special needs to enhance self-worth, attain independence, acquire social skills and realize their full potential as human beings.
Used eyeglasses that are collected by Lions and other volunteers are recycled at one of ten Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers throughout the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries.
Please donate your used eyeglasses, and hearing aids at:
Laingsburg Post Office
Laingsburg Eye Care
Each year from 1948 to 1977, a high school band was selected to represent the Lions of Michigan in the annual parade at their international convention. In 1978, an all-state band was organized to honor and play for an incoming Lions International President from Michigan. The Lions All State Band was created and has appeared annually at conventions thereafter.
Blind individuals who are braille literate possess a fundamental requisite to find purpose and achieve efficacy in their lives. Blind children deprived of braille will ultimately be deprived of fulfillment of security and success in life. As a result of MBTF’s efforts more children now have greater access to brailled books that are otherwise cost prohibited at commercial rates.
MBTF is located within the secured perimeter of the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility. MBTF is a full braille transcription production facility and our main product is K-12 textbooks. We are able to provide our prisoner staff with skills, which are highly employable when they're released into society. Also, we are able to provide our braille textbooks at a lower price due to our labor force consisting of prisoner staff.
The Lions Hearing Center of Michigan is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, state of the art hearing related services to individuals and communities through screening, diagnosis, treatment, education and research, regardless of the ability to pay.
Project Kidsight is a free vision screening program for children from ages six months to five years that local Lions Club volunteers conduct periodically throughout the year.
The Lions of Michigan Service Foundation (Lions of Michigan Foundation) is a Public Charity that was created in the early 1980's to help Michigan Lions Clubs provide services in their communities. We are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of people in Michigan with unmet needs.
Lions Clubs International Foundation’s SightFirst program funds the efforts of Lions, non-governmental organizations, government
agencies and others to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness through the support of eye health care delivery
systems, training and infrastructure development.
Lions Club International Foundation supports the compassionate humanitarian service of 1.35 million Lions in 207 countries and geographic areas by providing grant funding and developing programs that improve lives around the world.
PAWS Service Dogs are custom-trained to assist people with physical disabilities affecting one or more limbs. Service Dogs can enhance a person’s independence by helping with tasks such as pulling a wheelchair, opening doors, turning light switches on/off or picking up objects as small as a dime. If a client falls, the dog can even act as a brace to help them up.
Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee was established in March 1993 as an Interfaith Volunteer Program. It became an independent, non-profit organization in May 1996. The Respite program brings volunteers from churches and the community at large, together with caregivers and their ill or frail loved ones into meaningful and supportive relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why These Charities?
In 1925, Helen Keller attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."
The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.
We also focus on serving our community and other worthy causes, especially those directed at youths.
Will you help my charity?
As you can see we try to reach out to as many charities as possible. Yet, while we would love to be able to help with all the important local and global issues, we know that just is not feasible. In order to try and make the biggest impact we can with the resources we have available, we choose to focus on a limited number of projects and programs.
Having said that, we are always open to hearing about your cause, and doing the best we can. A good way to present information about your charity is by being a speaker at one of our meetings.Find out more here!
I really want to support one of your causes, what can I do to help?
We would love to have you help in any way that you can! We are always looking for more members. You can find out more about getting involved here!
If you joining, isn't possible for you, but you still want to help we can always use donations to help fund all of the important projects we have going. You can get more information about donating by contacting us here.
When do you meet?
We have dinner meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, beginning at 7:00pm with social hour starting about 6:30pm in the west gym of the Laingsburg Elementary school located on 3rd North St in Laingsburg. We would love to have you stop by and check us out! If you want to find out more about the meeting beforehand, you can reach us at here.You can also enjoy a light dinner at the same time.
There is also a 3rd Thursday of the month morning meeting held at 8:30am at Twilligers Sports bar for those who's schedule makes it difficult or impossible to attend the Thursday evening meetings. Breakfast is optional.>
Are there any restrictions on who can join your group?
We have members from all different walks of life, and we are always looking for more people to help. We don't have specific requirements for membership, and we love to add people to the cause.
While we want as many people to join as possible, we do ask that you are truly committed to our cause. If this sounds like a good fit for you, then come to a meeting - we would love to meet you!
What is expected of a new member?
Your level of involvement depends on you, your available time, work schedule, family commitment, etc. People are different and so is their involvement. Some are eager to jump right in and others wish to take a back seat for a while. All that is really expected is that you do your fair share and find your level of involvement.
Why should I join?
Gain personal satisfaction and self-esteem in helping others less fortunate in the largest volunteer organization in the world. Gain fellowship and friendship between members, families and the community. Gain confidence, expand your abilities, and learn from doing.
This page was last updated on September 8, 2023
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