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To support these programs, please attend a Lions Club fundraising event or donate directly. See our Calendar or Contact Us page.


The San Carlos Club Lions pick up trash along the freeway and at the Holly Street entrance to San Carlos on the first Saturday of each month. To participate, contact a Lions Club member and we will let you know the date and time of the next pickup.

Caring Cupboard

In 1989 realizing a local need, the San Carlos Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary Clubs collaborated with the San Carlos Parks and Recreation Senior Center to create The Caring Cupboard food distribution program targeted at low-income seniors. The Caring Cupboard distributes $30,000 worth of food each year. Local volunteers, contribute hundreds of hours each month to make the program a success.

How does it work?

Twice a month, the group delivers a free bag of groceries to qualified recipients.  To qualify you must be...

  • San Carlos resident
  • Over 50 years of age
  • Total monthly income from all sources is less than: $1885.00 for single or $2428.00 for couple

How do you sign up?

Register at the San Carlos Adult Community Center. Your registration is free and strictly confidential.

Disaster Prep

The San Carlos Lions sponsors an emergency relocation center at Mahany Hall.

To support this event, donate to the San Carlos Lions Club. See the Contact Us page.

Eyeglass Donations

The RECYCLE For Sight Program helps provide eyeglasses to people worldwide. If you have a pair of glasses you no longer need, bring them to any of the following locations:

  • San Carlos Library, 600 Elm Street, San Carlos
  • Tierra Linda Middle School Office, 750 Dartmouth Street, San Carlos

Student Scholarship Program

Several years ago, the San Carlos Lions Club expanded its financial support in the field of education to include three to five $1,000 scholarships (funds permitting) to graduating high school seniors. This scholarship is available for any students planning to attend a junior college, four year college or trade school. To be eligible, a senior should simply follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Any high school student who is a senior (or in 12th grade), anticipates receiving a high school diploma in May or June.
  • The student must be a resident of the city of San Carlos (and proof may be required).
  • Applications must contain the applicant's name, address and telephone number.
  • The application consists of a 2-page (maximum) essay outlining his/her education, family background, school of higher learning he/she has been accepted to, major he/she has selected, his/her future aspirations.
  • Deadline for submitting an application is March 31. Postmarks will be checked. All time deadlines must be strictly adhered to. No exceptions will be made.
  • The winner(s) will be notified by May 1st and will be invited to attend a regular club dinner meeting.
  • Scholarships are paid in two parts. An initial payment of 50% at the General meeting. The balance (50%) is paid at the end of the first semester or quarter, winners must provide a report card or other form of confirmation from his/her college/university that he/she is returning to college to continue his/her education and submit the report card to the San Carlos Lions Club Scholarship Chairperson within sixty (60) days following the end of the first semester or quarter.
  • Interested students should mail their entries to the following address: San Carlos Lions Scholarship Chair, P.O. Box 94, San Carlos, CA 94070

Notes: All decisions and selections made by any members of the San Carlos Lions Club will be final and cannot be appealed.

To support this event, donate to the San Carlos Lions Club. See the Contact Us page.

Support for Local Groups

Every year the San Carlos Lions Club supports supports local clubs and organizations:

  • San Carlos Adult Community Center
  • San Carlos Hometown Days

Tri Tip Dinner

Each year the San Carlos Lions puts on a tri tip dinner for over 200 San Carlans. All proceeds to to support charitible donations made by the club.

To support this event, check our Calendar and attend.

White Cane Days

In 1925 Helen Keller challenged the Lions Clubs of America to band together to SERVE the blind and needy with impaired vision. This wonderful woman with multiple handicaps called her inability to see the greatest of her limitations.

One of the first great steps was the White Cane, which makes the blind person more mobile and was proposed in 1927 by Lion George Bonham. The White Cane became not only a symbol stating that the user was blind but also a tool of sight-by-feel for the blind and near blind.

As concern for those with failing or lost sight grew over time, the cost of the new deeds of sight serving were outstripping many Lions Clubs financial reserves.

In 1951 in Monterey Park, California, the Lions invited their neighbors to share in the Club’s Sight-serving and to contribute to the Lion Sight Conservation Fund.  This they did, on a day called WHITE CANE DAYS.

WHITE CANE DAYS continued to grow until thousands of Lions clubs were holding WHITE CANE DAYS fundraisers. This year the San Carlos Lions Club was located in front of Walgreens on El Camino and Glinda’s Fudge & more on Laurel Street.

Donations raised during WHITE CANE DAYS are used to support the Lions Eye Foundation, which provides eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them, eye surgery for those who cannot afford it and eye sight testing for children.


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