Lions Clubs of Multiple District 36, Oregon and Northern California

We Serve

Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects.

 

Mission Statement of Lions Clubs International:

 

"To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation."

 

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Restoring Sight, Renewing Lives.

Lions VisionGift is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 by Lions Clubs of Oregon (MD-36), which recognized the need for an eye bank to provide ocular tissue for transplants, research and medical education.

Since its inception, over 20,000 people have received the gift of sight from tissue procured and screened by Lions VisionGift, which works closely with transplant surgeons. Additionally, ocular tissues have been utilized for valuable research projects and surgical training.

Procurement, Training, and Advanced Research.

Lions VisionGift is both a procurement agency and research facility that provides tissue to surgeons and researchers in Oregon, southwest Washington and beyond. We have become a leader of corneal transplant safety and efficacy thanks to our world-renowned Vision Research Laboratory, a quality assurance lab established to improve the condition of donor tissues and safe tissue processing.

Giving the Gift of Sight So Others Can See.

Losing a loved one is never easy, and we at Lions VisionGift understand everyone handles these events differently. We pride ourselves on the sincere and compassionate handling of the donation process, to make sure that all families are given the opportunity to pursue this course. We know that the legacy of donation can bring comfort and healing to a family in grief and will do everything we can to facilitate donation when it is possible.

Register to Become a Donor

Did you know that registering to become an organ and tissue donor can save the lives of eight people and enhance the lives of up to fifty more? When you consider this fact, the gift of donation becomes even more profound.

It is a federal regulation that all families be offered the opportunity to donate when a loved dies, though this is obviously a difficult time for family members to make decisions like this. You can ease the burden on them by making the decision for yourself and registering as donor. Just be sure to share your decision with your family members, and find out what their own wishes about donation are.

For additional information, feel free to call us at (503) 808-7070. To register to become a donor, visit www.donatelifenw.org or register when you renew your license at the DMV. One decision you make now could change the lives of many.

Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?
— Helen Keller's Speech at 1925 International Convention Cedar Point, Ohio, USA June 30, 1925