PA Lions 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. For more information, visit the Beacon Lodge webpage.
In association with UPMC McKeesport
The “Lions Diabetes Emergency Relief Fund” was founded to help people—on a case by case basis—who are indigent or in need of emergency assistance with the cost of acquiring their needed diabetes medication and insulin syringes. Contributions are made to the McKeesport Hospital Foundation through the kind efforts of the Lions’ Clubs, UPMC McKeesport, and the Hospital community. More information can be found by clicking here.
In addition, funds are also allocated specifically to support diabetes research. Lions from around the world voted to make diabetes our primary cause moving into the future. Once this was decided, we didn’t waste any time. We got right to work, educating communities on the issue—while establishing initiatives and programs to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and helping prevent others from developing type two diabetes. Click here for more information on international efforts.
Local, Regional, National, Global
A recently-created 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.
Internationally, whenever and wherever disaster strikes, Lions are often among the first to offer aid. And LCIF is right there with them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through global disaster relief programs. Click here for more information on international efforts.
EYE RESEARCH and SIGHT CONSERVATION
PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation
Funds raised by the PA Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation go to research institutions in PA. Grants are requested by researchers and are rated by a medical board. The foundation board of directors considers the request depending on the rating given by the Medical board. The Foundation and the Lions of Pennsylvania have made major contributions to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Lions Laser Center at the Eye and Ear Institute in Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Lions Low Vision and Research Center in Hershey, the Center for Molecular Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, and The Scheie Eye Institute and the Molecular and Regulatory Biology Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania of College Optometry. Click here to view the foundation brochure.
PA Lions Hearing Research Foundation
Western PA Lions Hearing 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. PA Lions Hearing Research Foundation website
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. Western PA Lions Hearing Foundation website
LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND
Leader Dogs for the Blind is an agency located in Rochester, Michigan. Founded by Detroit area Lions Clubs in 1939, Leader Dogs provides guide-dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence, and quality of life. Each year, over 270 students attend a 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.
For more information, visit the Leader Dogs website.
LIONS CLUB CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS
Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF)
Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) 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, In Honor/In Memory, and more.
Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation is a public, non-profit, tax exempt 501(C)(3). It 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.
WESTMORELAND COUNTY BLIND ASSOCIATION
Enhancing Independence and Educating the Community
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 its 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. District 14-E Lions are proud to partner with WCBA and proudly support the efforts and programs. VIsit the WCBA website by clicking here.
Hearing and Deaf Services Westmoreland
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. Click here to visit the agency's website.