Charities & Activities

Lions Clubs International has a series of worldwide causes: Vision, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer, Hunger, and the Environment. Individual clubs can support additional causes, based in part on members’ interests. Below are some examples of the charities and activities of the West San Jose-Campbell Lions Club in 2022.

Supported Charities

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Vista Center provides a number of services for the blind and visually impaired.

Our club provides monetary support and fundraising assistance, and volunteers sometimes assist clients at Vista Center events.

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sign-Lions Recycle for Sight

Lions in Sight of California and Nevada

Lions In Sight provides no cost and low cost eyeglasses to those in need around the world.

Club members help collect, sort, and clean used eyeglasses. They sometimes participate in week long missions to distribute the eyeglasses in other countries.

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Canine Companions

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient.

We make annual donations to support the work of Canine Companions

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Logo: Lions Clubs International Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation supports projects in Lions’ areas of focus (Vision, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer, Hunger, Environment, Disaster Relief) that address unmet humanitarian needs for entire communities. These projects are led by local Lions who identify the need, develop the plan of action and carry out the project.

Our club makes donations to honor the efforts of club members.

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Guide Dogs for the Blind

As the largest guide dog school in North America, Guide Dogs for the Blind prepares highly qualified guide dogs, provides guide dog readiness skills, and offers youth programs to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Our club provides financial support.

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Grateful Garment Project

The Grateful Garment Project’s mission is to ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletries, snacks, and other miscellaneous items that they may require.

Volunteers from our club assist with sorting, labeling, and inventorying garments and supplies.

Left: newly tagged emergency whistles. Right: Lions at table tagging new items
Left: newly tagged emergency whistles. Right: Lions tagging newly donated items.

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Martha’s Kitchen

Martha’s Kitchen is a nonprofit soup kitchen that currently provides nearly 100000 meals and 250000 pounds of groceries each month to those in need.

Club members help dish up and package meals.

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We also work with, or provide financial support for:

  • Lions Eye Foundation
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • City of Hope Diabetes Research
  • Our City Forest
  • American Cancer Society

Activities & Fundraisers

Oktoberfest, and Boogie: Campbell’s Music Festival

The fall Oktoberfest and spring Boogie events take place in downtown Campbell, California, and are sponsored by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce.

Our club receives a donation for providing staffing for a beer and wine booth. Club members and friends pour and serve beer and wine for the public during shifts over two days at both events.

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Ballot Couriers for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters

Members of the public are recruited to assist with a number of activities related to Primary and General Elections.

Our club members, friends, and family members volunteer as couriers, collecting ballots from polling locations and ballot drop boxes. Ballots are immediately transported to the Registrar of Voters office, for which each individual is paid a stipend that is donated to the club.

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Family Fun Fest

At the Campbell Farmers Market, we set up a booth with activities for children. We also collect donations for one of our supported charities, and we collect contact information from individuals interested in volunteering with us.

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3 Lions at White Cane Day table.

White Cane Day

In conjunction with National White Cane Awareness Day in October, we set up a table in a busy location and collect donations of money, used eyeglasses, old cellphones, empty printer cartridges, and used hearing aids. We also provide information about Lions in the local community.

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Our club has produced annual calendars featuring restaurants located in Campbell, California.

Restaurants are contacted to make a donation to the club in return for being featured on the cover and/or for one of the months in the coming year’s calendar. The calendars are then distributed for free through the restaurants, Campbell library, Chamber of Commerce office, and other locations.

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