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Leader Dogs for the Blind:
Since 1939 this organisation has provided dogs for the blind. It is headquartered in Michigan, and was founded by three Detroit area Lions. At the conclusion of each year, about 70% of the students and graduates have been funded by the various Lions, Lionesses and Leos in 42 states and abroad.

Guide Dogs of America
818-362-5834, Fx: 818-362-6870., Not founded by Lions, but endorsed by the 4L4 lions (CA/NV).

Guide Dogs of the Desert (P.O. Box 1692, Palm springs, CA. 92263)
760-329-6257, fx: 760-329-2127. founded in 1972 by Bud Maynard. Supported by individual lions clubs of the western U.S. including mine, especially from district 4L-5. Initially, German Shepards were trained but "degradation of the breed" has lead to changing the focus onto the Labrador. It costs $40,000 to raise & train a guide dog.

Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI)
800-572-2275/ 707-577-1774
PO BOX 3896 Santa Rosa CA. 95402
The LPCCI as formed in 1983 to provide Lion support to the CCI that provides specially trained assistance dogs for people with physical, developmental and hearing disabilities. Some Lions are active puppy raisers.

The Hearing Foundation:
Also known as "Ear of the Lion Foundation". This group of Lions focuses on providing the needy with hearing aids (at the tune of $2,212,500.00 as of 12/31/1998).
408-634-1351/ 800-327-8077, fx: 408-634-1363.
It is a MD-4 endorsed project, not to be confused with Western Ear Foundation.

House Ear Institute
Est in 1946 by Dr. Howard House MD, dedicated to the advancement of Otologic research & exploring the auditory system from the ear canal to the brain to create medical and prosthetic devices. Supported by the Western Lions Ear Foundation.

Western Lions Ear Foundation

The EAR Foundation – www.earfoundation.org
Deaf Research Foundation – www.drf.org
NY League/Hard of Hearing – www.lhh.org
National Inst. of the Deaf – www.nidcd.nih.gov


Blind Children's Learning Center:
This organisation is based in Santa Ana, California. Although the local lions Clubs contribute to this group, this not a Lions sponsored organisation.714-573-8888. They operate a school (Preschool and Kindergarten) for blind children.

Braille Institute:
Orange County, 714-821-5000
LA County, 323-663-1111
Founded in 1919, the Braille Institute provides an environment of hope and encouragement for people [of all ages] who are blind and visually impaired through integrated educational, social and recreational programs and services. They also have a Leo club.

Junior Blind of America  (ex-Foundation for the Junior Blind)
323.295.4555 x468, fx: 323.295.3021
"We provide programs and services for children, adults, and their families to enable children, young people, and adults who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and self-esteem." An endorsed project of MD4, has 6 major projects including the "Infant-Family Program" which helps children from birth through 3 years of age.

Lions Camp/ Teresita Pines:
This camp is located in the Big Pines Recreational area of the Angeles National Forest in California. It is open year round and features winterized cabins. It serves as a camp for the "Camp Wilderness" program which provides camp activities for deaf children. A Lions Club project.

Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc.
This camp is located at Mt. Eden in northern California.
Sponsored by the lions of California and Nevada (MD4), it was established in 1980.

Lions in Sight  925-708-4833, fx: 925-932-8484
The Lions International Eyeglass recycling center for the western United States. Located in Walnut Creek, California. 5+ Million glasses collected since 1987, recently in cooperation with Lenscrafters. "Helping the needy of the world to see a better world in their future". LIS collects used eyeglasses, sorts them by prescription, then makes them available to Lions clubs world-wide to distribute to the needy. LIS has also established permanent clinics in Peru, Mexico (37) and Sri-Lanka.

Lions Eye Foundation of Southern California,
P.O. Box 90094 Long Beach, CA. 90909-0094
Affiliated with the Lion Doheny Eye Bank and The UCI department of Opthalmology. UCI has agreed to provide eye care to local indigents referred by the LEFSC. LEFSC also operates an "eyemobile", and is a contributor to the LOVE program. This is a major Lions project in Southern California because of the surgical services that are offered to the under-insured.

Project L.O.O.K : Lions Optometrists of Orange "Kounty"

L.O.V.E.; Lions low Vision Services 818-366-5275
A project of the southern California Lions in cooperation with the Optometric Center of Los Angeles and the Southern California College of Optometry. This deals mainly with non-surgical cases.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic 714-547-4171, fx 714-547-4241
"Nations educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print".
Est. 1957, 300 local (LA area) volunteers read and produce textbooks.

Southern California Lions Eye Institute 714-979-9275
This program merged with the LEFSC, and operates under it's umbrella. Based in Costa Mesa (OC) this Lion program operates a medical charity which helps those who can't afford the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of eye related illnesses. Affiliated clinics are in Glendale, Murrieta, Hemet, Upland and La Jolla.

Lions Rose Float
This group is in charge of funding and developping the official Rose Parade float for the Lions Club.


American Diabetes Association:
The ADA shares in the Lions' goal to educate the public in an effort to control and eliminate diabetes.

CHOC: Children's Hospital of Orange County (Orange Calif.)
CHOC has many foundations all addressed to: 455 S. Main St., Orange, CA. 928689

  • Choc Foundation for Children; 714-532-8690
  • PADRE, The Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation;
    714-532-8330, fx 532-8398, Dedicated to providing care & support for toddlers, children and teenagers with type I insulin dependent diabetes. Padre sponsors diabetes education classes for all family members

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates;
Established in 1985 as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality intervention and advocacy services to abused children through the use of trained and supervised volunteers. These volunteers are appointed by county juvenile court judges. Recently endorsed by the District 4-L4 lions
CASA of Orange County: 714-663-9034

City of Hope
800-544-3541. Inspired and supported by a philanthropic volunteer movement, it is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases through innovative research and patient care. Lions clubs have provided millions of dollars in support. Every May, there is a "Lion's Day" dedicated to thank thje lions for their support.

Hearts in Action Foundation,
714-578-0600, fx: 714-525-8865, email: info@hearts-online.org. Provides bedside assistance to very ill patients at hospitals

Help for Brain injured Children
Located in La Habra CA., this group takes care of brain injured children by teaching them and providing social activities. The La Habra Lions are a major benefactor of HBIC.

Orphanages of Thailand
This organization encompasses; an Orphanage in Pattaya (Thailand), schools for the blind and disabled, a shelter for the street children, and the shelter of WatBot. Thousands of children have been saved and educated by this charity.

Rebuilding Together (ex-"Christmas in April")
Orange County: PO BOX 51088 Irvine, CA. 92619-1088, 714-440-5702
It began in 1972 when voluteers in Midland, TX. decided to devote one day in April to making repairs to homes of low-income, elderly people. My Club participates in this program by donating money and hand-power.

Scleroderma Foundation
This organization is involved with everything that concerns the very dangerous disease "Scleroderma", from research to personal guidance, and dissemination of information.

Womens Transitional Living Center/ WTLC 714-992-1939
24 Hour Hotline: 714-992-1931 Service for victims of domestic violence.
Non-profit org. in Orange County since 25 years. Supported by local groups such as my club.

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