The Lions Club of Buffalo, Host Club, offers assistance with vision needs, collects eyeglasses for the needy living in third world nations, helps people seek hearing aids, responds to acute needs in the community, and holds occasional fundraisers and special Club events, like most Lions. (Links to the Club's Sight or Hearing Assistance Request Forms can be found elsewhere on this website.)
For years we've co-sponsored the Annual Lions Dance for the Blind at the Leonard Post VFW Post, underwritten the Western New York Deaf-Blind Group's Christmas Party, supported the Baker Victory Service's Christmas Party for Special Needs Children, and sponsored a team in the Buffalo Sightless Bowlers League.
And the Club offers modest support to many other worthy, disability-related organizations as it receives the requests. While the specific recipients vary from year to year, some we have assisted in the recent past include: the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service; Western New York Independent Living; Friends of Night People; Excalibur Leisure Services; the Braille Group of Buffalo; Lions Camp Badger (the Empire State Speech and Hearing Clinic); the Elizabeth Pierce Olmstead MD Center for the Visually Impaired; Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services of Buffalo, NY; Helen Keller International, EquiStar Therapeutic Riding Center; and the Club is a Platinum level charter sponsor of the Ira G. Ross Eye Institute.
We also support efforts on a broader scale through Lions Clubs International Foundation, such as LCIF's current principal thrust, Campaign Sight First II. We also cooperate with dozens of other Lions Clubs in District 20-N (Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties) and in Multiple District 20 (New York State and Bermuda).