Most of us assume our schools are getting the job done…
In fact, the State of Oregon requires sight and hearing screenings for students but not all schools can afford it. Fifty-four of 200 school districts to not have school nurses and about half of all districts do not meet the recommended nurse-to-student ratio. We help fill the gap. Since 1994, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) has provided screenings throughout the state, testing over 25,000 children each year. This only accounts for 15% of school children in recommended K, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. Our goal is to screen two to threee times more children.
Studies show that vision problems affect 1 in 4 school children. Since most early learning is visually based, the risk runs high of a child falling behind quickly if problems are not addressed. Undetected vision impairment can lead to a range of limitations for a child and at worst, permanent loss of sight. OLSHF refers 17% of children screened for further medical examination.
Schools rely on the MHSP
Governments talk about healthcare, Lions do it. The Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) is the largest and best program of its kind in Oregon, providing free health screenings in every corner of the state, partnering with schools and community organizations to ensure access to those that need the screenings most: children, vulnerable seniors and families without health insurance.
Our 2020 Vision: Reach More Kids
Our $615,000 campaign will enable us to screen more children than ever. Our vision is for all Oregon students in grades K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th to receive sight and hearing screening annually. This will save Oregon millions of dollars each year. More importantly, it will prevent serious health problems for thousands of children.
What will the 2020 Vision look like?
The 2020 Vision Capital Campaign will provide:
- 12 hub locations with screening equipment throughout the state
- Six fuel-efficient cars for vision and hearing screenings
- Renovation and modernization of the MSHP truck for adult and community
- Program operations expense growth for three years (staffing, insurance,
maintenance, mileage, supplies)
- Technology to strengthen program tracking and follow-up
Your support will provide up to 12 children’s screening events per day in Oregon! Supporting the 2020 Vision Campaign will help Oregon children see a brighter future.
Contact Executive Director Doug Thompson for details on sponsorship opportunities at (503) 413-7399, which include:
- New Vehicles
- New Screening Kits
- Light Boxes and Charts
- Portable Audiometers
- Hub Event Coordinators
- Program Supplies and Materials
- Follow-up Reporting System
- Renovation of Screening Truck
Our Partners So Far:
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
Donald & Susan Rose
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust
Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
Board of Trustees, Individuals & Staff
Ashland Lions Club
Crooked River Ranch Lions Club
The Dalles Lions Club
Pacific Sea Lions Club
Pendleton Lions Club
Portland Cascade Lions Club
Capital Campaign: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013