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."


How We Serve

Lions of Oregon knows no boundaries to where and how we desire to help those in need. While no group can be all things to all people, the heart of our organization is its willingness and ability to serve those in need. From reconstruction of entire communities like Vernonia to the small, but no less significant gesture of help to those who need a helping hand in a special time of need. Lions are there to replace the physical need of replacement eyeglasses or the emotional need of a family struck by tragedy. We are there to help educate our youth in the powerful ethic of what it means to be an American, and we are there to help them fulfill the American dream through educational scholarships. We are there for our community whether that be here in Oregon, or in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina or in Iraq supporting our troops. We are there, and its why life in Oregon would be unimaginable without Lions Clubs.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” during the association’s international convention. Today, Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired. Lions demonstrate their commitment to sight conservation through eyeglass recyclingsight partnerships and countless other sight services.

The Lions ambitious SightFirst Program has restored sight through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions of adults and children. To continue and expand this effort, Lions have launched Campaign SightFirst II, with a goal of raising at least US$150 million.

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