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Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club
For over 90 years, this club has supported many causes and projects serving people in the local community and the world. Below are some of the causes we support:
Lone Star Lions Eye Bank
The Lone Star Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of sight through collecting, processing, and distributing human ocular tissue for corneal transplant surgery, prosthetic enhancement, and valuable medical research. They also sponsor educational programs for the medical community and the general public. The Eye Bank has operated in Central Texas for over thirty years and currently serves over 2.1 million Texans in 37 counties as far as Galveston Island.
Texas Lions Camp
The Texas Lions Camp is a summer camping facility dedicated to serving children from the State of Texas with physical disabilities and Type 1 diabetes. The camp is located on over 500 acres of hills and woodlands in the beautiful Texas Hill Country near Kerrville. Programs at TLC offer campers, without charge, a chance to try new activities and create long-lasting friendships while developing greater self-esteem and independence.
In the spring of each year about two dozen members of our club and their friends join about 500 Lions from other clubs and their friends to prepare the camp for the summer. We do various tasks as needed such as painting, cleaning, landscaping and whatever the camp staff feels needs to be done. If you would like to volunteer to help, let us know.
Texas Lions Camp is a non-profit organization funded by the Lions Clubs of Texas and other caring individuals. All children attend camp at no cost to them or their families. TLC is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Austin Lions Sight Conservation Committee
ALSCC is a coalition of Lions Clubs in the immediate Austin area that provides eye glasses for needy school children in the Austin Independent School District. Students are screened periodically by the AISD Vision and Hearing Testing Service to identify potential vision problems. Those that are found to have a potential vision problem are provided with a referral to obtain further diagnostic and remediation services from a vision services professional. If the student is financially unable to follow through with the recommended services, the student is referred to ALSCC for assistance.
Annually, ALSCC provides eye glasses to several hundred students. Without financial assistance, those students would very likely be deprived of an opportunity to learn. Money to fund the program comes primarliy from an annual SightFest Chili Cook-Off and from local Lions Club contributions.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Our club supports the TSBVI in a variety of ways such as student scholarships, financial assistance other means of encouragement to the students and staff.