Lions Clubs International and individual Lions clubs are Eversight's largest partners and supporters. Like Eversight, Lions Clubs International is dedicated to preventing blindness and improving sight. These efforts include providing vision screenings and treatment to those at risk of losing their vision, recycling eyeglasses and supporting eye banks that provide tissue for sight-saving surgeries.
Lions and Lionesses aid us financially as well as through their invaluable volunteer efforts. They spend countless hours each year helping spread our message, advocating about the need for registered eye, organ and tissue donors and educating their communities about corneal transplantation and vision restoration.
Our success would not be possible without their dedication, and, in some cases, our affiliates exist only because of their support. The Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club in Michigan provided the funding and momentum needed to found Eversight Michigan in 1957, and the Lions of New Jersey have supported Eversight New Jersey since 1980, taking on sole responsibility for Eversight for a period of time.
Even today, Eversight Michigan and Eversight New Jersey are proud State Projects. The Eversight Illinois also receives support from local Lions clubs and individual Lions.
Lions Clubs International has also provided grants to Eversight to purchase new laboratory equipment at our affiliates, which allows us to meet the demand for corneal tissue for transplantation as well as research the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions that cannot be cured through transplantation.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with more than 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members around the world. The organization empowers volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. For almost 100 years, Lions clubs have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for people worldwide.