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!

Vision and Eyeglass Assistance (LEAP)

Volunteers of the Lions Clubs of Oregon and Northern California work diligently to raise funds to assist qualified adults with obtaining vision exams and new eyeglasses. Many also provide assistance with hearing exams and hearing aids for those in need.

How to Access This Program

To apply for this program, please click on this link and fill out the GET HELP FORM.

Starting August 16, 2021, this form will be the only method to request assistance. Until then, you may also contact the Lions in Service line at (971) 270-0203 or e-mail the applicant’s contact information and request to lionsclubsreferrals@olshf.org. Please include your first and last name, mailing address including zip code, a phone number where you can be reached, and the type of assistance you are requesting.

Submissions are reviewed several times per week by volunteers and are forwarded to a local Lions Club based on the applicant’s zip code.

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.