The Bellingham Central Lions Charity Golf Tournament raises funds every year for numerous club programs, non-profit organizations and families and individuals in need. It is our club’s largest single-day fundraiser. The Community Needs Committee and the Bellingham Central Lions Board of officers carefully reviews each request to make sure we have the greatest impact possible in the community and to help the most needy. Listed beliw are just some of the organizations supported in the past. The assistance to individuals for a great variety of needs each year is significant.
Frank Haskell Eye Clinic
The Frank Haskell Lions Eye Clinic is an all volunteer activity that provides eye examinations and eyeglasses to the homeless and others in need. Located at 800 E. Chestnut Street in Bellingham, the Clinic is currently open one afternoon a week and serve clients from both Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
Al Boe Wheelchair Warehouse
The Wheelchair Warehouse loans durable medical equipment to folk in Northwest Washington. It is a free service, though we gladly accept donations. Equipment loaned includes low vision aids, wheelchairs, power chairs, walkers, crutches, canes, and bedside and bathroom helpers of all kinds. Loans are for three months, but may be extended based on need.
Northwest Youth Services
Since 1976, Northwest Youth Services has been the doorway to safety and the pathway to progress for thousands of young lives. Much has changed in our communities during those years. What has not changed is our commitment to supporting the uniqueness of each youth served.
Camp Korey provides a camp experience for families dealing with childhood illness and serious medical conditions. This program among other things includes an a traditional camp to this deserving children as well as a program to bring the camp experience to children in hospital who cannot attend due to their illness.
Royal Family KIDS
Royal Family KIDS is the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Bellingham Central Lions have chosen to make a difference through their support of Royal Family KIDS. You too can take part in making a difference in kids lives by supporting the Lions Club Golf Tournament.
Lions Camp Horizon
Camp Horizon, where campers with developmental disabilities have the opportunities to challenge themselves, gain confidence, show independence, and create meaningful relationships that will stay with them the rest of their lives. For over 40 years we’ve provided summer camp programs for individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. Kids of all ages from the greater Puget Sound area and British Columbia look forward to spending a fun-filled week here each summer making new friends in a setting where the focus is on their abilities, not their disabilities.
BELLINGHAM CENTRAL LIONS COMMUNITY NEEDS COMMITTEE
A significant portion of the money raised through club efforts goes to non-profits organizations, low income families and individuals in need. The committee receives many, many requests each year which it researches and presents to the board of Bellingham Central Lions for funding. This process allows the club to have the most impact with the funds available.