In 1959, the Lions Clubs of Oregon (Multiple District 36) established the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) in order to provide sight and hearing assistance throughout the state. Through their statewide network of partners and over 90 eye and ear care providers, OLSHF is able to provide free or substantially reduced rates for eye and ear care to 75,000 people every year.
Lions Eyeglass Assistance Program’s (LEAP) provides eyeglasses through a variety of channels including vouchers for free care. Other services include eye and ear screening and treatment provision and even surgery. OLSHF also operates a statewide mobile health screening vehicle for remote areas which includes a pediatric low vision clinic. Every person served is from a household at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
The Lions motto is “we serve!” Each day, Lions around the world are making an impact in the lives of people in their communities, and the Lions of MD 36 are a prime example of that. With the help of a SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), OLSHF continues to reach those most in need of eye care services, like Jackie.
“My first pair of real glasses at 66! This is the best Christmas present ever! Thank you so much for helping me!” Jackie said.
Jackie was so grateful for the kindness she received that she cried. Tracy Brown, the optical program administrator who helped her, cried too.
Nicole Mandarano, development director of OLHSF, expressed her gratitude as well. “Thank you, LCIF, for your ongoing support of our lab!”