Who We Support

Here’s where your donations to the Sandy Spring Lions Foundation go:


  • Lions Clubs International Foundation – Provides funds for disaster relief, diabetes reduction and assistance, prevention of avoidable blindness and vision assistance, hunger relief, protection and restoration of our environment, support for victims of childhood cancer, and community projects such as the activities room at Winter Growth in Olney


  • Leader Dogs for the Blind – Guide dogs at no cost for the blind and visually impaired.


  • Lions Vision Research Foundation – Research into assistive measures for blind and partially sighted at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Lions Saving Kids Sight Foundation – Grants for purchases of devices for screening preschool children for vision defects.
  • Lions Youth Foundation – Grants for youth programs.
  • Lions Community Outreach Foundation – Vision, hearing, and eye pressure screenings at no cost; assistance with medical costs for eye-related surgery; collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution to those unable to afford them.
  • Lions Camp Merrick – Residential camping experiences for Type 1 diabetic children and children with vision or hearing impairments.


  • Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center – Providing therapeutic horseback riding services to children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.
  • Central Union Mission – Providing safe shelter, hot meals, medical care, job training and compassionate care to transform lives here in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area.
  • Montgomery and Prince George’s Hospice – Improving the quality of life for patients approaching the end of life.
  • Olney Help – Providing food and financial assistance to local families.
  • CALMRA – Providing homes and services to adults with cognitive disabilities in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.
  • Scholarships at Sherwood High School and Sandy Spring Friends School – Scholarships for seniors who have demonstrated their dedication to community service.

Here’s where the proceeds from activities of the Sandy Spring Lions Club go:

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • Shepherd’s Table – Improvement in quality of life, creation of a pathway towards self sufficiency, and inspiration of hope for a population experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty in our community.
  • The Women’s Board of Medstar Montgomery Medical Center – Financial support for our community hospital for over 100 years and scholarships for students pursuing medical careers.
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • C-4 Toy Closet – The Holiday Toy Closet provides at least 2 toys, games, stockings, and books to each of 1,000 children ages 1-12.
  • Strawberry Festival – The Sandy Spring Museum’s giant block party, picnic, neighborhood gathering, and community celebration all rolled into two days of outdoor, family-friendly fun.
  • Olney Day Parade – The mission of Olney Civic Fund (OCF) is to raise public awareness of Olney charitable, educational, civic, and cultural activities and to raise funds to support Olney charitable projects and civic events such as Olney Days and Oktoberfestival through the involvement of volunteers and business sponsors
  • Lions District 22-C Honor Band – Provides scholarships to deserving high school band members performing at the annual Lions District 22-C Night celebration.
  • Vision and hearing assistance – Financial assistance with glasses or hearing aids to local residents who cannot otherwise afford them.
  • Maintenance of health and welfare equipment – Repairs and refurbishment of medical equipment donated to the Sandy Spring Lions and made available at no cost to those in need.