86-year-old Verna drove herself from Yakima for an appointment at Legacy Hospital. She is disabled and has a vision impairment. Her metal frame glasses snapped at the bridge and she searched for help. How could she drive all the way home? Verna noticed a sign for the Oregon Lions and with persistence entered the not quite open for business lab, inquiring about help. Though we couldn’t grind her a new pair (at that time, not having all our lens inventory in stock), Katie and Kelly improvised. Kelly searched through recently donated batches of glasses destined for international mission trips to find a compatible women’s style metal frame to fit her lenses. Then Katie used their newly opened set of tools to secure the lenses and fit the frame to Verna’s liking. A perfect ending to a historical day at OLSHF! A week later Verna returned to our office to donate eight pairs of glasses! Thank you Verna!

Eyeglasses & Hearing Aid Assistance

About The Program

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness” during the Lions Clubs International Convention. Today, volunteers of the Lions Clubs of Oregon work diligently to raise funds in order to assist qualified Oregonians in obtaining vision exams and new eyeglasses. Most of Oregon’s Lions Clubs also provide assistance with hearing exams and hearing aids for those in need.

The system and the process of applying for help is volunteer driven. Thousands of people contact the Lions for help every year. Assistance depends on eligibility and available funding. Please be patient and courteous.

As Lions, each day we accept the challenge to improve lives, build community, and invest in the future. Last year, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation provided 200,000 children and adults with free cataract surgeries, vision and hearing testing, prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, school and community health screenings and much more. Your charitable dollars are multiplied by virtue of greatly discounted and donated services.

How to Access This Program

These programs are made available primarily to those individuals who do not have insurance that covers vision and hearing and whose income falls at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

To apply for this program, please contact the Lions in Service line at (971) 270-0203 phone or e-mail their contact information and request to lionsclubsreferrals@olshf.org.

Calls are reviewed daily by volunteers and your contact information will be forwarded to the Lions Club that serves your area.  Please include your first and last name, age, a phone number where you can be reached, your city and zip code, as well as what type of assistance you are requesting. Your message will be forwarded to the Lions Club that serves your area.