Leader Dogs: The facility for training Leader Dogs for the blind is located in Rochester, MI. There, the blind or visually impaired adults are teamed with a dog that will provide increased mobility and independence for them. Our club donates money regularly to help keep this marvelous program running.
“Stuff the Bus”: This is a district-wide project that we meet by donating money to buy school supplies and gift cards for shoes. The purchased items are then given to The Sharing Center in Trevor. They are able to distribute these things to families who find it difficult to afford the necessary supplies at the beginning of the school year.
Annual Halloween Treat of Treat Party for Special Needs kids: This event, which is held at the Brat Stop and sponsored by Country Inn & Suites, is held indoors so it’s a safe environment for the special needs kids to Trick or Treat. We have participated since its beginning by decorating a booth and handing out candy to the many participants.
Recycle for sight: Throughout the year, we collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Rosholt, WI. There, volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries on Lions mission trips.
Anyone can drop their usable eyewear at Lions-sponsored collection receptacles. Our collection sites are: BMO Harris Bank, Community Bank, Southport Bank, Lakeside Supervalu, Eyes on Us (eye dr.), Laundromat, and Edenhofer Law office which are all located in Paddock Lake; Westosha Senior Center in Bristol; Peoples Bank in Silver Lake and The Sharing Center in Trevor; Ocean Spray in Kenosha; Westosha Central High, Paris, Wilmot/Trevor, Bristol, Lakewood, and Brighton Schools; and two churches--Bristol United Methodist in Bristol and First United Methodist in Kenosha.
You can change someone’s life by donating eyeglasses you no longer use, so they can see.
Eye exams and glasses - We provide needed eye exams and glasses for those in our area who are unable to afford them.
Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin: Our eye bank in Madison recovers corneal tissue to be used for transplant in surgery to restore vision and prevent blindness. Several members of our club transport donated eye tissue to the eye bank. We also advocate for organ donation—especially eyes.
Wisconsin Lions Camp: This beautiful camp in Rosholt, WI with its 440 acres, including a 45 acre private lake, provides children and adults with disabilities an adventure that lasts a lifetime. A quality camping experience is provided free of charge those who are eligible. It serves children and adults from Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, children with intellectual disabilities or educational autism and children with diabetes. We, also, donate financially, as well as with supplies, to this wonderful project.
Luisa’s Foster Kids Holiday Party: We donate money to Paul of Luisa’s Restaurant to help him provide a party for area foster kids and their families. Several individual members also purchase gifts to help Santa when he gives each child a gift.
Additional Community Service /Projects
Special Olympics: Our club supports the Special Olympics program in Western Kenosha County by providing financial support and helping when they host the basketball tournament for area teams.
Beautify/clean-up of community areas: We have, for several years, provided flowers for the local senior center and helped to trim trees, pull weeds, etc., to clean the outside area. This year, we also helped cut some trees for a local cemetery.
Reading: We have donated money to help a local organization that purchases books to be read to young children. Each child then receives one of the books to keep for their very own. One of our members is one of the readers, also.
Kenosha Lions Foundation: We are a member and donate financially to it. This group, each year, awards grants to local charities that help people in our community.