McKinleyville Lions Club

The McKinleyville Lions Club is actively involved in the community. Members and their families donate approximately 300 hours per month on projects and programs that benefit the local community. The club’s main fundraisers are servicing the Lions Mint locations in McKinleyville and Arcata and the annual White Cane Day event. This is a three-day event in October where members man tables at businesses in McKinleyville to provide information to the community and accept donations which are used to fund exams and eyeglasses for local residents. The club’s main service project is the annual Winter Express Children’s Christmas program established in 2007. Approximately 650 students (K-3rd) from six local elementary schools and over 200 volunteers help make this excursion an event to remember. Members collect old eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones and ink/toner cartridges for reuse/recycling programs.

The McKinleyville Lions Club community involvement includes:  five members serve on the Winter Express committee, three members serve on the Northcoast Lions Eye Foundation board, one member serves on the Northern Humboldt Eyes for the Blind board and one member serves on the McKinleyville Federated Women’s Club board.

The McKinleyville Lions Club funds approximately 20 exams and glasses annually for local individuals in need. The club’s newest project is offering free Spot vision screening events to local individuals. Screenings have been held at the Dow's Prairie Grange as well as at many local schools and preschools. The Spot Vision device can screen individuals of all ages and is proven to be helpful in early detection of vision issues in young children. Toddlers and infants as young as six months old can also be screened, as this equipment does not require personal contact or verbal interaction and only takes seconds to provide accurate results for most individuals. Each person screened receives a printout of the results to show whether a follow-up appointment with an Optometrist is recommended for six issues.

The McKinleyville Lions Club makes annual contributions to Northcoast Lions Eye Foundation, Northern Humboldt Eyes for the Blind (a local chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind), City of Hope – Dollar & A Prayer and the Ear of the Lion Foundation, as well as funding various requests throughout the year. For more information, call 707-496-9724 for more information.

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