District Endorsed Service Projects
Lions Club Districts typically do not fund or organize service projects. That is what Clubs do. But Districts do endorse specific activities and support them by providing a District Chairperson to serve Clubs as a resource in planning and completing them. The following are such projects in Montana.
* Indicates projects endorsed by Lions Clubs International. As such, all international projects are endorsed by Lions everywhere (but Club participation is by choice). The three listed below have a special emphasis in Montana and are not the only ones supported by District 37 through LCI endorsement. For more about Lions International Projects see How We Serve.
* Lions Clubs International Foundation
The grant-making arm of Lions Clubs International serving the entire world. An efficient and effective charity of Lions, helping Lions serve others.
* Leader Dogs For The Blind
A facility established originally by three Lions to train dogs for use by visually impaired people. They are now also training dogs for deaf/blind people.
* American Diabetes Association (Montana Chapter)
Raises funds for research to find a cure for diabetes, funds diabetes awareness programs and sponsors camps for young diabetic children, like Camp Diamont at the Hyalite Youth Camp located south of Bozeman, MT.
The following are projects endorsed by District 37 with Club participation encouraged.
These projects were adopted as endorsed projects when District 37 was created unless a date for adoption is shown.
Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation
Operates through the Lions Clubs of Montana to assist in providing funding to sight, hearing and/or speech-impaired persons. Use the link in the banner of this page to visit the foundation’s web site or click here. Plusoptix Montana Vision Screening is supported by the Foundation and many clubs in the state participate. It offers vision screening for children to assist in diagnosing and eliminating causes of blindness as well as promoting personal development through improved sight. For more about this program click here or use the link in the banner for this page.
Project Can Tabs For Ronald McDonald House
Collects aluminum can tabs for support of the Ronald McDonald house near the medical campus in Billings and Missoula, Montana.
Provides a medically supervised, cost-free Montana camping experience in an intimate community setting for children, young adults, and families affected by cancer. Operated by Children’s Oncology Camp Foundation.
American Flag Progam
Clubs present first grade students with a United States flag and a certificate. Flags are also used by some clubs for other things such as Memorial Day and 4th of July celebrations.
Florence Crittenton Home (October, 2015):
Based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Helena, Montana we offer a nurturing, positive and highly therapeutic environment that transforms lives.
At the heart of all of Florence Crittenton’s programs is the belief that by helping a young parent we are helping their child and enabling a young family to live a positive, healthy, successful life. Through support, therapy and education we provide we can achieve our goal of changing the future… two lives at a time.
Watson Children’s Shelter (January, 2016):
Watson Children’s Shelter (WCS), located in Missoula, is dedicated to providing safe and nurturing emergency shelter care to children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, severe neglect or family crisis. Since 1977 WCS has been caring for children from birth to fourteen years old from Montana who are in need of emergency placement due to unsafe conditions in their homes. More information about WCS is available from their website. Montana Lions have endorsed providing all resident children of the shelter clothing and school supplies.