Lions and Vision


Just eight years after Melvin Jones challenged his local business club to change its purpose and begin focusing on community betterment and improving the world, Helen Keller delivered a powerful speech to the group, who had changed their name to Lions.  Helen Keller, blind and deaf since birth, had overcome her disabilities to become the first such person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.  Her inspiring story was immortalized in the play and later movie The Miracle Worker.   In a powerful speech delivered to the group in 1925, Ms. Keller ended with this appeal: "...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 your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?"

Since that time, helping people afflicted with vision and hearing impairment has been a top priority for Lions. The Pendleton Lions are proud to be a part of this effort to improve the quality of life for those suffering from such afflictions who have run out of options for getting help.

Our Glasses Support Program

The Pendleton Lions have partnered with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation and Vision Source Pendleton to provide glasses for those who would otherwise not be able to provide them. People needing glasses fill out a Lions of Oregon Application form and submit it to the Pendleton Lions Club. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must also have been rejected by their insurance carrier for eyeglass support. Applicants without insurance must have sought insurance eligibility prior to applying through the Lions Vision program.

Successful applicants are referred to Vision Source Pendleton for an eye examination. there are basic frame options listed. The prescription is then referred to the Oregon Lions Eyeglass Assistance Program where the eyeglasses are produced. The glasses are then sent back to Vision Source where they are fitted to the applicant.

There is a $20 co-pay required of applicants at the time of fitting. For those who can demonstrate no income the co-pay may be waived.

Applications can be downloaded from our Get Glasses Page.

Our School Vision Screening Program

The Pendleton Lions are working with the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation's School Screening program to provide low cost vision screening for Pendleton School District elementary students.

This program uses the non-invasive digital Spot screening device to identify previously undiagnosed vision issues. Specialists from the Foundation's main office in Portland bring the devices out and oversee the use of the devices by local Pendleton Lion volunteers. The Spot devices have the advantage of being able to be used while maintaining appropriate social distancing between the student and the Lion using the device.

The Spot's software maintains confidentiality of test results. Parents of students with visual problems are provided referral recommendations and information on obtaining treatment assistance from the Lions. Watch the video below to learn even more about this fabulous program of the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.