The Lions Clubs of East Tennessee conduct “White Cane Days” each year to raise funds that support these Lions 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 USA.
- East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank (ETLEB) – A Knoxville clearinghouse between persons donating their eyes after death and the recipients of corneal transplants. ETLEB has been ranked within the top ten in the world.
- Lions Volunteer Blind Industries (LVBI) – An agency providing rehabilitation services, employment and training opportunities for hundreds of blind East Tennesseans annually.
- Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) – Learning Ally records printed texts for educational and personal pursuits providing classroom material for student with print disabilities.
- Leader Dogs for the Blind – This agency provides guide dogs for blind persons at no cost, aiding the recipients in their mobility and independence. Several local Lions raise puppies to become leader dogs.
- Lions Quest – A comprehensive youth development program involving home, school and community which helps to cultivate strong character in healthy young people through life skills education.
- Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) – A state-operated school for visually impaired children located near Nashville providing educational opportunities through 12th grade. Lions fund the Boy and Girl Scout troops and provide $50.00 for each student at Christmas.
- Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) – A state-operated school for children with hearing impairments located in Knoxville providing educational opportunities through 12th grade. Lions help fund personal needs for some students and the summer camp programs that are not state funded.
- The Hearing & 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.
White Cane Days is a project of Lions District 12-N Charities, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a Registered Tennessee Charities Organization