PROJECTS/SERVICES OF THE SIOUX CITY LIONS
SIGHT AND HEARING — our major priorities. We provide regular eyeglasses and hearing aids to needy (those at or below federal poverty incomes, etc. and support other sight and hearing programs. We do not provide for those who are eligible or have Title 19 (Medicaid). We also support services as below:
CHARITY GRANTS TO TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS: Sioux City Lions now offer Charity Grants to tax exempt organizations each year from only Sept. 1 — Oct. 15. Requirements and an application are below and by using the Charity Grants topic on the left side of this website's main menu.
The application period begins Sept. 1 and must be received by October 15, 2011.
To obtain a copy of the grant application, send a stamped, self addressed envelope to: Ann Hill, Treasurer, Sioux City Lions, P. O. Box 5233, Sioux City, IA 51101. You may also obtain a copy by email attachment. Send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2014, The Sioux City Lions Club awarded $17,000 in Chairity Grants to 13 area tax exempt organizations. Among the 2014 awards was a grant for the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind, a free radio reading service for thousands of radio listeners throughout Iowa. s will use the grant for making reading services available to the sight impaired anytime online at iowaradioreading.org. IRIS has always been a great fit for the philanthropic interests of the Lions,” said Maryfrances Evans, IRIS executive director. “With this funding, IRIS will be able to reach many new listeners and volunteers in Northwest Iowa and beyond.”
Other 2014 grant recipients and uses were as follows: Center for Siouxland, $1,500, prescription and medication assistance for uninsured and underinsured persons with health challenges; Community Action Agency of Siouxland, $1,500, vision screener camera; Connections Area Agency on Aging, $1,500, frozen meals for Sioux City homebound when other meal services can’t deliver during inclement weather; Friends of Sioux City Police Department, $1,500, identification bracelets for autistic individuals enrolled in the “Friends” program; Iowa Lions Foundation-Pocahontas Lions Club, $3,000, digital eye screening camera for Iowa KidSight preschool screenings; New Perspectives, Inc., $1,500, communication enhancement program; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, $1,500, community garden greenhouse; and The Salvation Army, $1,500, equipping apartments to reduce homelessness.
Sioux City Lions Chairty Grant Application Requirements:
Steve Cogdill takes a picture of a pre-school child's eyes that will be sent to the University of Iowa Hospital where the picture will be examined to determine if the parents need to be encouraged to have their child's eyes examined by their local eye doctor.*For further information see: http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/IowaKidSight/index.htm
RECYCLING EYE GLASSES, LENSES, FRAMES AND HEARING AIDS— over 700 pairs of glasses and a number of hearing aids were collected and delivered to a Lions Eye Glasses Recycling Center during our year. Lions at these centers disassembe, measure, clean and inventory the various parts to be available for people of third world countries as VOSH teams determine prescriptions.
IOWA LIONS FOUNDATION — our club gives $1-2,000.00 to ILF each year to support services through our District and State organizations,to support service and institutions as: IA Eye Bank (See webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu), IA Cornea Research Center, School for the Blind, Iowa Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Signing School for Hearing Impaired, Iowa Hearing Impaired Camp, Mobile Glaucoma-Hearing Testing Unit.
INTERNATIONAL LIONS FOUNDATION - our club supports the ILF to a total of $1000.00 each three years. Some members as well as others in the community contribute additonally. See the following paragraph and also see link on this website' s home page for world-wide efforts of ILF.
SCHOLARSHIPS ($1000 EACH)— for 4 high school seniors attending a Sioux City College.
The recipients and the Sioux City LionS Scholarship Committee of 2011:
Project PROM - our four high schools receive funds and gifts for their drug free after prom parties through our Lions Club's coordintion/support from donations by businesses and industries of our city.
OTHER SERVICES are considered as needs are identified if fund are available and the club's board and members approve. See more information about our services on toher pages of this website.