Programs & Services

Our objective is to to champion Lions organization service to their communities, supporting statewide Lions service projects and implementing programs to sustain the funding required for achieving our mission effectively.

  • Youth Activities

    The Wisconsin Lions Foundation works to develop leadership skills in youth that have a strong interest in working with individuals with disabilities.

    The Counselor in Training program allows us to develop future Camp staff. This summer program began in 2011 and works with individuals, ages 16-17. The paid program consists of two, two-week sessions.

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  • Children’s Vision Screening

    The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, in partnership with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin coordinates Lion Club member training for certification and recertification for vision screenings. Local Lions Clubs sponsor and conduct vision screenings in their own communities.

    The goal of the WLF Children’s Vision Screening project is to see that all Wisconsin children-from six months to teens—have had a vision screening and, if appropriate, are referred for a vision professional exam. Thousands of Wisconsin youngsters receive vision checks from Lions Clubs each year.

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  • Wisconsin Lions Camp

    Serving nearly 1,300 special campers a year with vision, hearing, mild cognitive disabilities and Type 1 & 2 diabetes from some 400 Wisconsin communities’ 70,000 campers over the past 60 years in Rosholt, Wisconsin, at Lions Camp.

    That chance comment, overheard by a Lions Club member, has turned dream into reality for as many as 70,000 campers with disabilities throughout Wisconsin. In a typical year, campers representing some 400 different communities attend.

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  • Hearing Project

    Hearing is the last sensory function to leave us when we fall asleep and the first to “come on line” when we awaken. Normal hearing provides vital information about our environment and warnings of danger, affords the opportunity for communication with other people, and opens a channel for the pleasures of listening to music, laughter and sounds in nature.

    An estimated 48 million Americans are afflicted with hearing loss and cannot fully appreciate this unique sensory experience. For some, hearing loss is present from birth; for others loss may be due to one or a combination of causes infection, injury, excessive noise exposure, heredity or aging, for example.

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  • Eyeglass Recycling

    The Eyeglass Recycling Center (ERC) located at the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Headquarters is one of only 18 such facilities in the world. A matching grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation helped establish it in 1994.

    ERC serves to process used eyeglasses that are usually collected in containers placed in public places by Lions not only in Wisconsin, but in neighboring states as well. ERC provides special collection containers for local Club use.

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  • Diabetes Education

    Local community-based diabetes education for patients, health professionals and the public

    Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people aged 20-74. It is also a major cause of complications including much higher incidences of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney problems, nerve damage, and amputations.

    Diabetes awareness was adopted as a long-term commitment of Lions International in March 1984. The primary objective of the Lions project was to reduce the number of new cases of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy (a common complication of uncontrolled diabetes) through diabetes education, early detection and treatment, and support of research.

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