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Relay for Life

Relay for Life logo.

The West San Jose-Campbell Lions Club is working alongside Team: Campbell Chamber of Commerce to raise money at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Campbell, CA.

The Campbell Relay for Life takes place from 10:00 am July 16 to 10:00 am July 17 at the Campbell Community Center. You can help by donating online:

  • Go to the Relay for Life website.
  • Search for “Campbell Chamber”. (Searching for “bell cham” will work too.)
  • Make a donation to Team: Campbell Chamber of Commerce.

You can also attend and walk a lap (or more) of the Community Center’s track as the event recognizes caregivers, survivors of cancer, those who are battling cancer now, and those who have lost their battles with cancer. Learn more about Relay for Life, and how you can participate, at the event’s website.

Eyeglass Sorting & Cleaning

Many volunteers are needed at this event, where thousands of donated used eyeglasses are sorted, and the good ones are rinsed and dried. Volunteer with us for part of the day, or work the whole day.

  • Heavy lifting not required.
  • No previous experience required.
  • Willingness to have fun while volunteering a plus!

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, at 101 N. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA.

Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling poster.

Milestone Alert

Celebrating 70 Years of Service

Our club was chartered 70 years ago, on May 23, 1952.

The West San Jose-Campbell Lions Club is still going strong as it enters its 70th year of service to the cities of San Jose and Campbell, CA. We look back with pride at all that we have done in our community, and look forward to accomplishing much more in the years to come.

From July 2021 through June 2022, our club members recorded 3,231 volunteer hours served, participating in 184 service events. We also made donations totaling $17,164.

Ongoing Activity: Lensometer Training

sign-Lions Recycle for Sight

Volunteers needed to help measure used eyeglass lens strength

Lensometer training & use continues on Tuesdays, from 9:00am-11am, and 11:00am-1pm. Six volunteers are needed per shift. Sign up for a shift on Signup Genius.

About lensometer trainings

A lensometer is used to measure the strength of each lens in a donated pair of glasses, so that we can label and sort the used eyeglasses to be given to someone in need. We have many thousands of pairs of glasses to be tested and labeled.

Monthly Activity: Packing Meals @ Martha’s Kitchen

On the second Wednesday of the month we volunteer at Martha’s Kitchen, packing meals into take out boxes to be given to needy individuals. This takes place from 2:40-5:00pm. Contact us to join us for an afternoon of volunteer service. No cooking or heavy lifting is required.

  • Volunteers must bring proof of Covid vaccination
  • Masks are required
  • Closed-toe shoes only.

Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose is a nonprofit soup kitchen that currently provides nearly 100,000 meals and 250,000 pounds of groceries each month to those in need.

Monthly Activity: Sorting & Labeling Donated Items

Left: emergency whistles have been labeled. Right: Lions sit at a table attaching labels to new items.

Help sort and label donated clothing, toiletries, etc. for The Grateful Garment Project

On the third Thursday of each month, from 2:00-4:30pm, we help The Grateful Garment Project sort and label newly donated items. Contact us if you would like to join us at one of these sorting events.

The Grateful Garment Project provides victims of sexual violence the clothing and other resources they need to reclaim their dignity and begin the healing process. They work with hospitals, shelters, law enforcement and other nonprofits to meet victims’ immediate needs after a crisis, and support their ongoing needs along their road to recovery

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