BEACON LODGE CAMP FOR THE BLIND
The Pennsylvania Lions’ Beacon Lodge Camp is a beautiful five hundred and eighty-three acre camp for children and adults with special needs including blindness, deafness, and many other physical and mental challenges. It is nestled in the natural woodlands along the Juniata River of Central Pennsylvania just two miles west of Newton Hamilton, near Mount Union. Beacon Lodge was established in 1948 as a summer camp for blind residents of Pennsylvania. It has grown into a favorite retreat for many people with disabilities as well as a conference center for special groups, an educational facility for families, a rental camp for group retreats, and more. The goals of the camp were and are to present a well-rounded program adaptable to all campers and others, regardless of age, race, creed or color. Visit their website
District 14-E Vision and Hearing outreach vehicle – 12 seat Chevy Van that houses and transports hearing and vision screening equipment.
A new fund with the intention to help provide funds that can be spent in allowing Lions from District 14-E to travel in the Care-A-Van to locations where disasters have occurred and where our Lions will be bringing supplies, helping cleanup/rebuild etc.
PA LIONS SIGHT CONSERVATION AND EYE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
All monies collected by the PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation goes for research to institutions in PA. Grants are requested by researchers and are rated by a medical board after which our board of directors approves or disapproves depending on the rating of the grant request by the Medical board. There are two directors from the west who are: The chairman PCC Brian McCarl or Lion Bab Shcimmel.The Foundation and the Lions of Pennsylvania have made major contributions to Wills Eye Hospital (Philadelphia Pa.), the Pennsylvania Lions Laser Center at the Eye and Ear Institute (Pittsburgh Pa.), the Pennsylvania Lions Low Vision and Research Center (Hershey Pa.), the Center for Molecular Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, The Scheie Eye Institute and the Molecular and Regulatory Biology Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania of College Optometry. Click this link to download a PDF Eye Research Brochure.
Leader Dogs for the Blind is located in Rochester Hills, MI. For more information visit their website Founded by three Detroit area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides dog guides to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 students attend our 26-day residential training program to be paired with a dog guide. This is a life-changing event that opens the doors to independence, safety and self-worth for many of their students.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
Lions Clubs International Foundation supports the humanitarian work of Lions clubs. The Foundation aids Lions in making a greater impact in their local communities, as well as around the world. Tax-deductible donations can be made online. Lions and others can contribute to any of the four donation categories, including Humanitarian, Sight, Disaster and In Honor/In Memory. Visit Lions Clubs International Foundation website and learn more . . .
LIONS OF PENNSYLVANIA FOUNDATION
The Foundation is a public, non-profit, tax exempt corporation, as described in Section 501 (C ) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The Foundation was incorporated as the Charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Lions. The “Mission” of the Foundation is to assist those afflicted with sensory impairment, particularly those relating to vision and hearing. To award grants in support of meritorious projects and programs for the sensory impaired and to join with individual Lions Clubs in responding to local community, and regional needs in Pennsylvania. Website link to be added.
PA LIONS HEARING RESEARCH FOUNDATION
To initiate and support research in Pennsylvania on hearing problems covering a range of research from embryonic through adult ages. In keeping with the Lions of Pennsylvania interest on youth activities, special emphasis is encouraged on research to prevent deafness and hearing problems among our youth. All grants are awarded with the state. Visit their website
WESTERN PA HEARING RESEARCH
The Western Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the deaf and hearing impaired by providing funds for research, surgery and hearing aids for those individuals who can benefit from new surgical techniques and devices designed to overcome hearing impairments.
WESTMORELAND COUNTY BLIND ASSOCIATION
For more than 60 years the mission of the Westmoreland County Blind Association (WCBA) has been to improve the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired and to assist in the prevention of blindness. In order to fulfill our mission the WCBA offers a variety of services that enhance the productivity and independence of blind and visually impaired individuals, and that seek to educate the community about eye disease & damage prevention and detection. Visit their website
WESTMORELAND COUNTY DEAF SERVICES
The Center for Hearing and Deaf Services’ (HDS’) Westmoreland location was established in 1982. It has a long history of serving persons who are culturally deaf and offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing populations. HDS also provides information about deafness to the community and can assist other organizations and agencies in making their programs accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Visit their website