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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health

Mission: Provide aid to sight & hearing afflicted

Target demographics: The Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation is a humanitarian service organization dedicated to impacting sight, hearing and health

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided 35 hearing aids, assisted 48 people with sight restoring surgeries, provided 339 corneas for transplant around the world, screened 12,495 people for medical issues and referred 2,499 for further medical attention, dispensed 125 pairs of free prescription eyeglasses, collected 41,759 pairs of eyeglasses and distributed them to 10 different countries.

Geographic areas served: Idaho and Eastern Oregon

Programs: The Idaho Lions Eye Bank which obtains and distributes corneal tissue for those in need around the world, the Personal Healthcare Assistance program which provides assistance with sight restoring surgeries and hearing aids, the Idaho Lions Vision Clinic which provides and eye exam and pair of prescription eyeglasses for financially disadvantaged people, the Hearing Aid Bank which collects and distributes hearing aids back into the community, and recycling eyeglasses to provide sight to people in need around the world.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Idaho Eastern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation was created to help fulfill the Lions Mission of “We Serve” by changing lives through sight and hearing preservation services. The Foundation sponsors Sight and Hearing screenings, assistance with eye surgery expenses and providing hearing aids are among the Foundation programs. I have volunteered to work on many school screenings and it is very gratifying to be thanked by the students and school staff for providing this service. The Foundation has an excellent record of transparency and provides information to the Lions Clubs and public in our service area on a regular basis. The fact that it impacts the lives of a large number of Idaho and E. Oregon residents is absolutely fantastic. The Board of Trustees is also proactive in the long term planning of the organization and participates in outreach to the community at large.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation is totally committed to service impacting sight, hearing, and health. All of the people associated with the foundation display professionalism in their work, innovation in their vision, dedication to their mission, and compassion for the people they serve.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have just finished my first year as an elected Trustee for the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. I serve on a volunteer basis. Our eye bank is one of the largest in the country. There is no waiting list for corneas in Idaho and we routinely send corneas throughout the United States and overseas when requested. Our Mobile Screening Unit travels around the state to screen people, especially children, for vision and hearing. We collect eyeglasses by the thousands which are sent overseas to provide the gift of sight to those in need. We also collect and recycle hearing aids which are given to the hearing impaired right in Idaho. And our Personal Assistance program helps pay for eyeglasses, hearing aids , and some eye surgeries if possible.

Our greatest need is for additional funds for the Personal Assistance Program. We are not able to fulfill every request we receive and the need is great.

I highly recommend the Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation to anyone considering a charitable donation specifically for Personal Assistance. 100% of your donation will go to helping those in need.

Review from Guidestar