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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Services

Mission: Lions have supported Canine Companions for Independence® since its founding in 1975. The Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI), a Lions foundation, was formed in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to create awareness and provide support for Canine Companions in providing highly trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities. LPCCI is comprised of an all volunteer Board of Directors, Area Directors and Trustees who devote their time in making Lions all over the United States aware of this magnificent program.

Results: Raised over $3 million dollars to support Canine Companions for Independence.

Target demographics: adults, children and veterans with disabilities

Programs: highly trained assistance dogs

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bill H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At a recent event, I met a mother/daughter with their graduate Lab. It seems that prior to getting the dog, her daughter was known as "The kid in the wheelchair and had no friends in 2nd grade" Now with her companion, she is the most popular kid in school.

John B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There's no way that words alone can tell the story of LPCCI and its support for CCI. One needs to see the dogs as they fulfill their destiny of serving their partner in one of the four capacities they're trained for. Lions began their support for CCI shortly after its inception and built LPCCI as a foundation in 1983. As we come to the 35th year of LPCCI's existence donations to CCI have reached $3.5 million. I'm extremely proud of my association with the Lions Project For Canine Companions For Independence.

Mark229

Board Member

Rating: 5

This past month I have an opportunity to participate as a representative of LPCCI for the National Board meeting for canine companions for Independence.
I can't tell you how many times a board member would come up to me and thank me for all the things that the Lions project for canine companions done to support there MISSION! At DogFest this year we have a booth for LPCCI for selling tickets for that days events. Also I'd like to show you my new puppy in training COYLE @ 12 weeks. The last picture is of Rex who currently in rotation to graduate as a service dog!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a recipient of Successor Service Dog "Writer" AND a trustee for the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence.

I became a Lion years ago and could not have foreseen how much of an impact the Lions Project for CCI would have on my life. I have been proud to do presentations about the Lions Club all over the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

I was a nurse, horseback rider, artist and musician years ago before my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Subsequently, I lost my ability to be involved with any of the aforementioned. Had it not been for Canine Companions for Independence, I would have plummeted into an abyss of depression and hopelessness. With the help of my assistance dog and my partnership with the Lions, I was able to redefine my life and become an independent member of society. I now volunteer for nine organizations including the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence. As Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others".

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

'As a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and a Lion, I joined LPCCI several years ago to see what it was all about. What I found was a group of individuals from across the country focused on one mission-educating, fundraising and finding puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence. And that they whole-heartedly support that mission.

Canine Companions for Independence has been providing highly trained service dogs for individuals with disabilities for over 40 years. They do not take any government funding and one of the most remarkable things is that the dogs are provided to the individuals in need free of charge.

I've seen what these remarkable dogs do. They are truly life-changing and I am honored to be a very small part of this heart-warming organization.

Review from Guidestar

3 Carl A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been with Lions for 40 years and LPCCI for 20 or so of those years, I can say I have never worked with a finer organization or one focused solely on helping CCI and the good things they provide for so many. Volunteering for LPCCI brings me great joy and a strong sense of helping those in our community that can well use the help our dogs provide them.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Have witnessed first hand individuals benefitting from these amazing animals. This is an incredible program. These animals are bred, raised and trained free of charge to the recipients.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great example of one organization helping another. Lions support for CCI is unwavering. What better way to help people than providing fully trained service dogs!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a fairly new member to Lions club a longtime puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence I found out about LPCCI (LION PROJECT For CANINE COMPANIONS INDEPENDENCE). With the support LPCCI I have had the opportunity to visit and do many demonstrations to the Lions clubs in my area. With this wonderful organization I am an able to do more than I ever have done in the past 20 years of raising a puppy. I have been able to pass on the information on how these four-legged miracles change peoples lives. The puppy below is my 17th puppy named Rex ! If you would like more information please contact LPCCI.com

2

Donor

Rating: 5

A great charity helping raise funds for those in need of service dogs. The work they do in raising funds and helping provide service dogs to those in need is amazing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LPCCI has donated millions to Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides amazing service dogs to people with disabilities. I have seen first hand the difference these dogs make in allowing disabled people to lead full, satisfying and independent lives. CCI provides dogs free of charge to people who need them and relies totally on donations to empower these people.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing that this volunteer organization of committed individuals and groups has raised over $3 million for Canine CompAnions for Independence as well as publicly promote the CCI organization. Thank you.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome project that supports an awesome organization. The Lions Project helps raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence that provides service dogs to children, adults and Veterans with disabilities, completely free of charge! I raise puppies for Canine Companions and have seen first-hand how much these dogs help their recipients. They are definitely deserving of your award!!! Check them out at CCI.org.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ran across Canine Companions For Independence by accident at a dog training facility in York Maine.
After going to Many Graduations and meeting both Service Dog Teams and future Clients , I was hooked.
Its TRUELY an organization about People helping People with no strings attached and its ALL FREE OF CHARGE....Amazing.
Simply TRUE, that one person CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !!!
BEST volunteer job EVER.......

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LPCCI does a wonderful job of spreading the word of these amazing service dogs. Yes, we talk to Lions Clubs around the country, but we also speak to other organizations, churches, schools, etc. The reason is simply to tell everyone about this wonderful organization and to bear witness to how individuals, both children and adults, benefit from having a service dog. My husband and I have known several people whose lives were turned around because of being teamed with CCI dogs. Their lives went from despair to living again, to having a purpose and helping society. We heard a young man call his CCI dog "his hero" because he now has the will to finish school despite his handicap. Talk to anyone with a CCI dog and I dare you not to get emotional when you witness the delight in their eyes how much they've changed!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is directly involved with CCI. Set up to raise funds for all of the costs that are involved in training and placing these dogs with individuals. Veterans Initiative to support so many of our soldiers who have lost limbs. The least we owe them! The 2 facilities I've visited in CA & FL are very professionally run. The staff are phenomenal! Having done my homework, I'm able to speak with no reservations on the mission statement of LPCCI. As a Lion, I'm able to promote as well. What a blessing to know an honorable charity exists with dogs to help people such as our vets and all the others who really need them.

2 Sarah287

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became the Administrator for LPCCI in 2013 leaving a 12 year career at a Fortune 500 Company. I would be lying if I said I wasn't afraid of the change and switch to the nonprofit world. Becoming apart of the LPCCI family was a life changing experience for me! I work with so many generous individuals that voluntarily devote many hours of their day to create awareness and provide support for the last 32 years to Canine Companions for Independence. Whether it is raising an adorable puppy for up to 18 months or being a breeder caretaker or just making presentations at their local Lions Clubs, LPCCI Area Directors and Trustees are some of the most generous, kindhearted volunteers you will ever meet. LPCCI does amazing work by supporting Canine Companions for Independence with raising over $3 million dollars, I am so excited to see what the future holds for us. As many Lions say....WE SERVE!

7 jimpurton

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since 1983, Lions Clubs across the USA have been supporting Canine Companions for Independence through Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI). This officially chartered Lions foundation is a registered 501c 3 nonprofit organization which is run by Lions. Over $3 million has been donated directly to Canine Companions for Independence by LPCCI through many individual and club donations, as well as fund raising events.

LPCCI is truly a great organization with wonderful volunteers. Many of our volunteers are puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence, a very rewarding activity. All of us are dedicated to spreading the word about our partnership with Canine Companions for Independence and to recruiting more involvement by Lions everywhere.

If you would like more information about Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence please visit our website www.lpcci.com

Lion Jim Purton, Past President
Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence

lionjodit

Volunteer

Rating: 2

The Organization could be much more supportive and work more closely with Canine Companions For Independence to educate and make aware the great works that is done!

Review from Guidestar