In 1925, Helen Keller touched the Lions International Convention audience with these words: “Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness, no little deaf, blind child untaught, no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knight of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?” As Lions, we made a promise, and we’ve kept it for almost 90 years.

Mission, Vision, History

Mission Statement

To screen, treat, save, and restore sight and hearing, in partnership with Lions Clubs.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation is to help more children and adults see and hear.

A strong and energetic partnership between the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) and the Lions Clubs of Oregon and Northern California (District MD-36) allows those in need in your community to access our many programs. OLSHF Trustees serve as ambassadors for programs that change lives. Explore these pages and you’ll discover how we screen, diagnose and treat tens of thousands of Oregonians — how we provide surgeries, treatment, screening, exams, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and much more. Here, you’ll learn how you can help “Keep The Promise” of preserving the sight and hearing of those in need in your community.


Since 1959, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation has taken an active role in protecting the health of Oregonians. Through nine direct service programs related to sight, hearing and health assistance, the Foundation has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of youths and adults in our state. We offer consistent access and critical health solutions to the most vulnerable members of our community who are uninsured or under-insured. We believe it is crucial to reach out to under-served populations, particularly where geography, language or cultural barriers may present challenges to accessing preventative care and appropriate follow-up.

Join us in fulfilling the vision of our Founders and Lions:
To provide life-changing sight, hearing and health assistance in your community!