Leo clubs make local communities better places to live. And they matter locally, because people know that they can count on Leos to pitch in. Leo clubs can work on a diverse array of community service projects, whether the focus is on improving eyesight or providing help halfway around the world. When organizing a project, Leo clubs should:
A good place to start may be a food or clothing drive. Or, consider if the community needs a new playground, nature trail or recycling center.
Verify that other organizations or government agencies are not currently undertaking this project or planning to do so in the near future.
Assess the current financial and membership resources within the club. If needed, consider creating a joint project with another Leo club or with the sponsoring Lions club.
Establish a timeline. Obtain permission from the school and legal clearance or permission from local authorities, if necessary. Obtain all necessary supplies.
Inform the media about the project. Submit details about the activity to local newspapers, radio stations and television stations in advance.
Once a year, your Leo club should assess the programs and services you provide to your local community. Utilize the Community Needs Assessment to help you determine your next Leo service project.
On average, the LCIF SightFirst initiative requires a donation of only US$6 to save a person from blindness – or restore their sight.
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