List of District 11-C1 Projects

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI)

The Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired offers assistance to people with visual impairment or blindness.  People often come to us when their eye care professional can no longer correct their vision with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery.

ABVI offers people with visual impairment and blindness an avenue to independence.  We offer hope and help. We provide vision aids.  Our clients learn new ways to perform the daily tasks that we who are sighted take for granted.

Eyeglass Recycling Center

Run by the Grand Rapids Lions Club, the Eyeglass Recycling Center – 4060 29th St SE, in the rear of the Studio 616 Dave Burgess Photography building – is where gently-used eyeglasses are sorted, cleaned, measured, and packed for our club’s yearly Mission Vision Clinics. Each year, upwards of 25,000 pairs of used eyeglasses are processed for use during our visits to rural communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Grand Rapids Lions receive assistance in this ongoing recycling effort from other area clubs and volunteer groups across West Michigan.

Sight Seer Radio

The Sight Seer is a non-profit created for people who are blind, visually impaired, or physically unable to hold or read print material. For 28 years, we have been reading the printed word for those unable to access it on their own. Our extensive and diverse audio programs are available online, through our radio service, and as an audio stream on DTV channels in select locations.

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind’s mission: building life skills, self-confidence and independence for children and young adults who are blind or have low vision.

OUB programs help people with visual impairments develop skills of blindness, helping them become competent, confident, contributing, tax paying, working adults.  OUB provides summer camps and work experiences that focus on the educational goals expressed in the Expanded Core Curriculum. OUB utilizes teaching methods and strategies that encourage campers to be as confident and independent as possible, safely, while keeping learning fun! OUB’s goal is that every child, teen, young adult and adult with or without a visual impairment who comes to OUB Camps or works for OUB learns self-reliance skills and expands their dreams for their future success.

Paws With A Cause

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.

PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.

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We restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight.

Leader Dog programs are crafted to address individual situations and adapt to our clients’ changing needs at any point in their lives. From youth camp to orientation and mobility cane training through guide dog training and GPS technology integration, Leader Dog’s programs give clients the confidence and skills they need to live independent lives.

Lions All State Band

Each year from 1948 to 1977, a high school band was selected to represent the Lions of Michigan in the annual parade at their international convention. In 1978, an all-state band was organized to honor and play for an incoming Lions International President from Michigan. The Lions All State Band was created and has appeared annually at conventions thereafter.

Lions Bear Lake Camp

The Lions Visually Impaired Youth Camp, Inc. aspires to provide a premiere outdoor recreational/educational facility providing opportunities for persons with special needs.

Lions of Michigan Foundation

The Lions of Michigan Foundation is a Public Charity that was created in the early 1980’s to help Lions Clubs provide services in Michigan communities.  We are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of people in Michigan with unmet needs.

We work together with Michigan Lions Clubs and other charities to deliver services aimed at helping children and adults with sight and hearing deficiencies excel in school, retain employment and maintain self-sufficiency.