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COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Great example:  Check out our video of Lions and Rotary joining forces to paint The Gathering Place in West Dover, Vermont.

HOLIDAY BASKETS AND CHEER-UP PROGRAM:

One in seven American households struggled to put food on the table  – and one in four children in the country are at risk of hunger.  This ‘food insecurity’ haunts young and old in Southern Vermont as well. 

In an effort to help our neighbors who are living with hunger, the Whitingham-Halifax Lions created the ‘Holiday Baskets’ program.

The program has become the Club's largest and most important service project.  Each year, during the holiday season we deliver bags of food, including soups, canned meats & fish, vegetables, baking mixes – and perhaps a turkey or ham – plus fresh fruit and locally-grown root vegetables, to those in need.  We partner with the Vermont Food Bank to really stretch our buying power.

Sometimes it is not food that is needed, and we deliver a cheer up poinsettia to a neighbor who has experienced a loss.

To broaden our reach, after Hurricane Irene in 2011, we joined forces with the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club.  And in 2016 the Readsboro Lions joined in our efforts!  All together our service clubs are able to serve the whole Deerfield Valley, from Halifax to Wardsboro.  In all we typically serve up to and sometimes more than 150 families, several hundred individuals from infants to invalids, and make a real impact during the most difficult time of year.  We are all in this together – and, leveraging all our combined resources, we make a difference locally - all by  volunteer power.  We're thankful to be a medium for converting community generosity into action.

Learn More about "Food Insecurity" in the Deerfield Valley and Vermont at the Deerfield Valley News - and what local organizations are doing to help.  See: www.dvalnews.com/printer_friendly/10767299


HUNGRY LION BIKE TOUR:

The Whitingham-Halifax Lions developed our annual ‘Hungry Lion Bike Tour’ as a key fundraiser for the Holiday Baskets and Cheer Up project.

Riders cycle with old and new friends - as they bicycle through the beautiful fall foliage of Vermont and Massachusetts.  There are rides of all levels, plus plenty of rest stops and sag service support.  At the end of the tours, everyone gets to chill with a wonderful band and great food at Town Hill in Whitingham, Vermont. 

Please join us – as a rider or sponsor – in making this event a success.  

The HLBT is held the last Saturday of September every year.  Add it to your calendar!  Check out our HLBT website at www.hungrylionbiketour.com.  Contact us from there.


EYEGLASS PROGRAMS:

Each year, the Whitingham - Halifax Lions recycle dozens, if not hundreds, of your used eyeglasses for redistribution to those most in need.  The project is ongoing, so look for the donation boxes throughout the villages: at town halls, post offices, churches, etc.  The Whitingham - Halifax Lions thank you!!

In addition, our Sight Chairman coordinates the disposition of new eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them – helping those in our community who are in need of something as essential as good eyesight, but lack the means.  (Contact our Sight Chairman here for more info.)

The Whitingham-Halifax Lions have also helped to fund the purchase of hearing assistance technology to a student – and the pupil’s grades improved significantly, giving that youngster the means to become an educated member of our community. 


PEACE POSTER:

Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This annual contest encourages young people worldwide to artistically express their visions of peace.

 


WORLD AWARENESS:

Lions help fund overseas educational trips for our local students - the results are inspiring to all.

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