Our Mission

Mission Statement

Lions empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports and develops international humanitarian programs that serve people in need. With the dedication and work of Lions, LCIF improves millions of lives through high-impact initiatives.

The West Covina Lions Club is registered as a 501 (c) 3 through our West Covina Lions Foundation.

Our international programs focus on four areas:
Preserving Sight
Since 1990, SightFirst has been making quality eye care accessible to those who most need it. SightFirst has improved or restored the vision of more than 30 million people.

Serving Youth
Over the past 25 years, 12 million young people in 72 countries have participated in Lions Quest, our youth development program for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Providing Disaster Relief
In times of disaster, Lions’ LCIF funds meet immediate needs such as food, water, and shelter. For large-scale disasters, the Foundation helps communities recover and rebuild into the future.
Humanitarian Efforts
LCIF supports numerous international humanitarian efforts, such as constructing homes for the disabled, providing vision screening of Special Olympics athletes, and combatting measles.

Learn more by visiting Lions International!

Our History

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked members of his local business club to reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, Jones’ group hosted an organizational meeting on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group assumed the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs.” A national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year, where a constitution, by-laws, objects, and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We’re a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
Learn more by visiting Lions International!

Lions Club International Foundation: Helping Humanitarians Roar

Lions Club International: Teaming  Up to Change Lives

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