Our Causes


Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention. Click Here to download the entire Helen Keller speech!

As Westerville Lions, we are especially dedicated to helping preserve good vision. We also provide many services to the vision impaired and to the blind.

  • Providing vision testing equipment to all public, private and parochial schools in our area so all children receive free eye tests
  • Collecting eyeglasses and provide them free to people unable to afford glasses
  • Offering free glaucoma testing to the public
  • Offering free cataract removal surgery to the needy
  • Providing Pilot Dogs to the Blind
  • Providing Christmas food packages for the needy
  • Scholarships to the Westerville High schools
  • Supporting & interacting with the Westerville community in many other ways…

Diabetes

Diabetes can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. In most high-income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. It is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045. Diabetes can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. In most high-income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. It is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045. 

Lions from around the world fight for better diabetes relief. We run initiatives and programs to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and helping others from developing type two diabetes. 

Diabetes is the signature cause of Lions and Leos around the world. This year, in partnership with The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) we’re on a mission to make our mark by screening 1 million people for type 2 diabetes. 

In most high income countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. It is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045. 

Global Statistics

We’re helping educate the world on the need for diabetes research, programs and initiatives. Our goal is to reduce these statistics in the coming years through service, investment, and kindness. 

422 million+ people are living with diabetes 5 million deaths each year are a result of Diabetes 

8th leading cause of death in the world 

1 in 3 low income regions say they have the technology to diagnose and manage diabetes Statistics from the World Health Organization 

Who We Support

  • Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio
  • News Reel
  • Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation
  • Girls/Boys State
  • Central Ohio Diabetes Association
  • Eye Exams and Glasses for Local School Children
  • Ohio State School for the Blind
  • Westerville Caring & Sharing
  • Lions Clubs International Foundation
  • Lions Pilot Dogs
  • District 13-F Eye Care Fund
  • Lions Sensory Garden
  • Ohio Lions Foundation
  • Westerville High Schools Scholarships
  • Other Ohio Lions Clubs
  • VOICEcorps Reading Service
  • CARE
  • Westerville Parks & Rec.
  • American Legion Post 171
  • Camp Echoing Hills
  • Westerville Library