The Elgin Lions Club works with the Community Crisis Center and U-46 School Nurses to provide eyeglasses to those needing assistance. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, the Elgin Lions provided 80 children and adults with a free eye exam and eyeglasses. This service is considered the primary one for both the Elgin Lions as well as Lions International. At the Lions 1925 International Convention, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be "knights to the blind in the crusade against darkness." Thus began this main mission for the Lions.
For more information, call or email us by using the information on the Contact Us page. Also, a copy of the application for eyeglasses assistance is available below.
Lions President Sue Bruneau handing $500 check to Commander Mark Smith from American Legion Post 57 in Elgin.
The American Legion has been very generous in hosting Club meetings and events.
The American Legion was of great service to the Elgin Sharks by allowing their trailer to be parked on the premises.
The Elgin Lions Club volunteered for the popup food market regularly throughout 2022. 100s of cars and 1000s of people were given food assistance. Helping again this fall with Lions friends, the Escobar family! This is all through the Northern Illinois Food Bank that can be contacted or volunteer at: https://solvehungertoday.org/
The Elgin Lions Club also works with local schools to collect non-perishable food and personal sundries. Recently, 2500 units were taken to the Community Crisis Center and another 500 to the Elgin Salvation Army. These goods were picked up at Otter Creek Elementary School in Elgin.
A total of 31 children were screened at this event, watch this website for more dates in the future.
Children from 6 months to 6 years included for this basic screening. Every second Tuesday, screening is also done at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago Street in Elgin in conjunction with the processing of new students.
The Elgin Lions have partnered with the Elgin Salvation Army to provide those in need with a warm coat this winter. This "closet" is located in Abbott Middle School in Elgin and will remain stocked throughout the winter season. Photo from left to right: Salvation Army Rick Reigner, Teacher Taylor Turner, Assistant Principal, Lions Bill Klawitter, Bob Fowler, and Wes Tredup.