You undoubtedly have been at a meeting and have heard your President or Treasurer mention that your club was going to use matching funds to help pay for the glasses of a needy person. What exactly is this and where do the funds come from.
The Matching Fund Program is a program designed to assist local Lions Clubs in meeting the needs of blind or visually impaired individuals who have a financial need when all other means of assistance has been exhausted. This may include purchase of glasses and other sight related services even though the person does not meet the definition of legal visual impairment. Matching funds are only available for North Carolina residents. The purpose of matching funds is not to pay for ongoing or recurring expenses or medications. One time emergency assistance is eligible. Matching funds are also available for hearing related treatments and surgeries. Sight related request are matched dollar for dollar while hearing related requests are matched one dollar for each two dollars provided by the club. For example if an individual has an exam and glasses costing $200, the club pays $100 and gets $100 from matching funds. To obtain matching funds the club needs to fill out a form and submit it to the North Carolina Lions, Inc at Camp Dogwood.
And where do these matching funds come from? The money needed to fund this program comes from the Humanitarian/White Cane Fund. Thus when your club uses matching funds to help a needy person it gets back some of the money that the club provided to the White Cane Fund. If your club has not used the matching fund program before, you may want to check it out. If you have any questions about the program, please send me an email and I will be glad to help you .

Vince Schimmoller
2nd VDG


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