About the Lions

One Community at a Time

Across the globe, Lions are rolling up their sleeves and taking action. With over 1.4 million members, we’re the largest service organization in the world. And we’re as dedicated to helping those in need today as we were over 100 years ago when we first began.

Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters. Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. Lions continue to make a difference everyday and everywhere.

The work of Lions since 1917 has resulted in...

  • Creation of SightFirst, a blindness prevention program that aims to eliminate preventable and reversible blindness worldwide.
  • Establishment and operation of a majority of the world's eye banks, resulting in approximately 10,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants every year.
  • Development and implementation of the Lions-Quest life-skills curricula, which have provided millions of young people with the skills to make responsible decisions to refuse drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other threats to a healthy future.
  • Hospitals, clinics, playgrounds, parks and thousand of facilities that enhance day-to-day life in our communities.
  • Services to the blind, including dog guides, white canes, and a wide variety of employment opportunities and vocational training.
  • Immediate disaster relief and support for rebuilding efforts.
  • The sponsorship of Leo clubs and participation of young adults in youth exchanges and international youth camps. These provide a firsthand opportunity for youth to experience the first object of Lions Clubs International: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.