Lions Club Eyeglasses
Since 2005, Community Services has teamed up with the three area Lions Clubs to distribute glasses to adults without insurance or medical assistance. Because of the program, over 1400 people have been supplied a pair of free glasses within the past ten years – glasses critical for work, injury avoidance and optic health.
The area Lions Clubs approached our agency and asked if we would consider handling the application process for their eyeglasses program. Division of Family Services had doing the job but due to a decision by the state, they no longer could continue. Even though the Lions Clubs could not afford to compensate our agency for our service, the a decided to accept the job on a trial basis until the amount of work required could be determined and a final decision made. We accepted the task because of the numerous calls we receive requesting help with eyeglasses.
Without our agency’s assistance, many people in the community would have to go without eyeglasses. We felt our participation would be well worth our time when compared to the· benefits of the recipients. In 2008, an additional partner to the program was Family Guidance. They provide the funding for eye exams. Since the beginning, it has been a good relationship with the Lions Clubs and later with Family Guidance and we plan to continue working with them to offer this valuable service.
In 2014, the St Joseph Host Lions Club awarded the Edwin Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award to the agency for our commitment to help make this program possible.