20 IDEAS FOR VISION SERVICE PROJECTS

“Sharing the Vision” Global Service Action Campaign
Somewhere in the world, a person goes blind every five seconds, and your efforts can help to stop this trend. During October 2011, Lions have an opportunity to show the strength and impact of our global network through participation in a special service action campaign, “Sharing the Vision.”

Take Action
During October, we invite you and your club to join Lions around the world to lead the fight against blindness. Help us raise awareness of the importance of healthy connection with World Sight Day, recognized each October. Or, organize projects throughout the month that mobilize your club members to make a difference in your community … by helping those who live with blindness and visual impairment.

1. Work with local eye care professionals to organize an eye health and safety presentation for school children.
2. Arrange sport and recreational activities for persons who are visually impaired such as bowling, fishing or swimming.
3. Sponsor a Braille exhibit at your local library.
4. Organize transportation service to medical and other appointments for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
5. Volunteer at a rehabilitation or vocational training center for the blind/visually impaired.
6. Volunteer at a recreational camp for children or adults who are blind or visually impaired. Provide campers with meals or transportation, or help with camp clean-up and repairs.
7. Conduct vision and diabetes screenings for elderly persons at local residential living facilities.
8. Encourage a parent of a blind child to enroll in free, distance education courses offered by LCI partner, The Hadley School for the Blind.
9. Contact the nearest Lions Eye Bank to obtain literature and donor cards. At a planned event,distribute materials to the public, encouraging them to make a pledge to donate their eyes for
sight-saving procedures, education and research.
10. Contact local schools to learn if they need aids and appliances, books and technological products for students with vision loss.
11. Organize a community “sight walk” to raise funds in support of your nearest Lions camp for children who are blind and visually impaired.
12. Arrange for a person with a guide dog to be a guest presenter at your club’s community event.
13. Collaborate or consult with a blindness professional in an effort to educate the community (citizens, business owners, etc)
in ways they can effectively interact with a person who is blind or visually impaired.
14. Volunteer at a local eye bank or a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.
15. Help bring textbooks and literature to life. Volunteer to read books and periodicals for blind and visually impaired persons.
16. Hold an educational event to promote diabetes awareness and related vision loss.
17. Become aware of the various vision loss/blindness resources in the community; create a resource directory and share it with parents, educators and medical professionals in your community.
18. To promote awareness of the common causes of vision loss and blindness, collaborate with eye care professionals to hold a community educational event.
19. Send collected eyeglasses to the nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.
20. Organize a community self-help group for persons who are blind/visually impaired or for their families.

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