Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc. Projects:

  • KidSight Outreach Vision Screening – A partnership between the Tennessee Lions and the Department of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to provide quality eye care for children throughout the state.

District 12-N Charities, Inc. Approved White Cane Projects:

  • Childhood Cancer – An initiative to expand access to life-saving treatment and provide support to the children and families who face childhood cancers.
  • Diabetes Awareness  – A program designed to bring awareness of Juvenile and Adult diabetes: early detection and treatment for a disease that is the number one cause of blindness. within the US.  The LCI website has many tools available on how to serve/educate our communities about diabetes.  One tool is the diabetes risk assessment  or the spanish version 
  • East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank is located in UT Hospital (1924 Alcoa Highway, U-26). The facility is the major clearing house between persons donating eyes after death and recipients of corneal transplants. It also conducts programs of public awareness, professional education, and research.  The ETLEB has been ranked among the top ten eye banks in the world!
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan, is supported by the Lions of District 12-N. Leader Dogs provides guide dogs for the blind.Many local Lions Clubs will help provide transportation to Leader Dog. Expert trainers work for two months with each potential guide dog, and then the blind recipient lives in a dormitory for a month to learn how to work with the dog.
  • Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic – Learning Ally records printed texts for educational and personal pursuits providing classroom material for students with print disabilities.
  • Lions Quest programs are comprehensive, positive youth development and prevention curricula that unite the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people of strong character. Lions Quest K-12 programs teach essential life skills that support character development, social and emotional learning, civic values, substance and violence prevention, and service-learning.
  • Lions Volunteer Blind Industries (Morristown and Johnson City, TN) – LVBI’s mission is “…to provide persons who are blind with meaningful services and employment opportunities leading to maximum personal and economic independence with dignity.” They have an evaluation and training center, and provide employment at competitive wages for blind workers.
  • At the Tennessee School for the Blind in Donelson, special Christmas checks are presented to the students each year, and needy students are provided with clothing and necessities. Students at the school for visually impaired children near Nashville also receive funds from District 12-N Lions Clubs.
  • The Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville receives funds to help students needing hearing devices, medicine, eye glasses, shoes, clothing, and other personal items. Funds also support a summer camp program.
  • The Hearing and Speech Foundation – Empowering individuals with communication deficits to live their lives to the fullest by giving children and adults the gift of sound through hearing aids and services.
  • World Services for the Blind – A comprehensive rehabilitation center for blind adults that provides counseling for emotional and psychological adjustments to blindness as well as vocational training.

Other Projects Lions Support:

Remote Area Medical

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