Our club has been supporting community organizations and projects financially since its existence. Some of those listed below we have been supporting for decades, others we may have just started this year.
The 22-C Honor Band is an orchestra made up of high school students from our Lions District (which includes Montgomery, Prince Georges, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties along with Washington, D.C.) The donations to this project go entirely towards scholarships for music students who perform in the band.
4th Grade Foresters is a program to get kids involved in Arbor Day and thinking about their environment. Through this program, we provide each 4th grader in both Farquhar Middle School and Sandy Spring Friends School a tree to plant at their home or wherever they choose along with planting and care instructions. This project is overseen by teachers at the schools.
CALMRA is a local organization that provides assistance to people in Montgomery and Prince George’s County with cognitive disabilities. Types of assistance include housing, home services, and employment.
Camp Merrick is a district project of the Lions of District 22-C. It is a summer camp with programs for deaf, visually impaired, and diabetic children. We sponsor a scholarship for a student to attend Camp Merrick every year.
The Colesville Council of Community Services Annual Holiday Toy Closet (or C-4 Toy Closet) provides needy families residing in Montgomery County with new toys for each of their children ages 1 year to 12 years during the holiday season.
Hospice Caring is a nonmedical hospice facility in Montgomery County that provides support to adults and children with terminally ill diseases and the bereaved.
Joe’s Ride is a bike and foot race in Olney which is the primary Fundraiser for the Joseph Patrick Sanford Memorial Foundation (JPSMF), which supports organizations that help children afflicted with illness and disabilities.
The Lions Community Outreach Foundation is a project of District 22-C that provides support to local clubs interested in doing health, vision, and hearing screenings along with eyeglass collection and redistribution. You may have seen their mobile health unit bus in parades or at the Montgomery County Fair.
The Lions Vision Research Foundation is a project of Multiple District 22 that, in cooperation with the Wilmer Eye Institute at John’s Hopkins, supports low vision research and rehabilitation of all kinds.
The Lions Club International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Club International. They provide grants during emergencies, matching grants to clubs for local level projects, and institutes large-scale projects such as SightFirst, Sightfirst II and the Lions Measles Initiative: One Shot, One Life.
Leader Dogs for the Blind is a nationally-renowned program supported by Lions that provides guide dogs and other mobility assistance for the visually impaired totally free of charge.
The March of Dimes is an organization committed to making sure mothers and childrens are as healthy as they can be throughout the process of pregnancy and birth. We support their March for Babies yearly.
The MGH Health Foundation is the charitable fundraising arm of the hospital most local to Sandy Spring, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center.
Our House is a residential job training center for youth located in our area. They provide carpentry training and GED preparation for abandoned, abused, orphaned, and homeless teenaged boys. The boys from Our House also often help us with some of our larger and more labor intensive service projects.
The Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association is an all-volunteer organization providing facilities and support for children in the Olney area who want to be involved in extracurricular sports.
Olney HELP provides food and financial assistance to individuals and families in Olney and surrounding areas that are in dire need.
Shepherd’s Table provides help, including food and social services, to those who are homeless or in need in Downtown Silver Spring.
The Therapeutic and Recreation Riding Center in Glenwood, Maryland provides both physical and occupational therapy on horseback to treat a vast array of physical and mental illnesses.
The Washington Area Wheelchair Society is a nonprofit that collects medical supply donations, repairs equipment, teaches patrons how to use the equipment, and gives it to them for free.