How We Serve
At the Katy Lions Club, we’re not only about blindly assigning folks to generically serve. We strive to match our serving Lions with activities and efforts that compliment their skills, desires, and capacities available to them.
You’re encouraged to contribute your available time to service projects, as well as being available to attend other activities and events. You can always talk with members. The biggest bonus: if you’re running low on free time but still want to give back, you can become a primarily financial supporter of our fifty year old club.
Take a look at just some of the amazing ways the Katy Lions Club serves our community.
What's Coming Up
On January 5th, hear from Paul & Dorinda Obsta and the Obsta Plumbing team and learn how you can keep your pipes safe and not need to hire a plumber to repair damage from the next freeze. Special thanks to Obsta Plumbing for sponsoring this month's meeting.
On February 2nd, hear from Tawana Goodwin as she shares tips and tools in supporting our Leos and young people in the community. This will also be our kick-off for collecting donations for prom dresses to that we will lend out to young girls in need.
On May 4th, Coach Cam Campbell will join us to share his learned insights into diversity, economic empowerment, and how whether you're an NFL team, a high school coach, a business owner, or a student, you can effect positive change.
Eye Glass Drop Off Sites
Eye Vision Screening & Glasses Drop-Off Collections
We provide eye care vision, and through our dozens of used glasses pickups, we have collected tens of thousands of glasses over the last few years. Those glasses, along with the glasses from over fifty other clubs in the area go to a processing center which stamps out new prescriptions, at low- to- no cost to lower income families, many of them with young children, who need them. We also provide eye exams through our partnership with the nurses of Katy Independent School District, again, at little cost to the families.
The Katy Lions Club has various locations where the community can drop off used glasses. Those wanting to serve in this project can help by checking and emptying the boxes, which are then taken to the distribution center monthly. The shown coloring is based on our assigned pick-up zones, and doesn't affect where you drop off.
Shop And Support
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Randall's Good Neighbor Program
Katy Lions Foundation: #13987
Fill out a form at the Service Counter
Charities & Initiatives
Tree-Nation gathers and coordinates reforestation efforts worldwide in a unique platform, enabling every citizen, company and planter to take action. We're working to promote world-wide reforestation. Check it out at forest.katylions.org
Carnival & BBQ
For over 40 years, the Katy Lions have been partnering with local organizations to host a carnival that benefits the Katy community. In collaboration with Southland Bar and Grill, and many pitmasters, the Katy Lions are hosting our first ever BBQ Carnival Cook-Off
We support the health of our community through collaboration with many different local organizations. This year, we're proud to be partnering with many more to host what will be the largest health fair in recent memory here in Katy. Learn more at katyhealthfair.org
Katy Christian Ministries
Katy Christian Ministries has been helping local families and individuals fight poverty, food insecurity, domestic violence and sexual assault since 1984: almost as long as we've been supporting the Katy, Texas community. If you'd like to learn more about KCM, visit ktcm.org
Supply Bridge Ministries
We volunteer and support Supply Bridge Ministries, a Katy-based disaster relief and community support organization that has been serving communities affected by catastrophic events all over the US since 2017. 100% volunteer run organization with a heavy focus on bridging the gap for families between disaster and recovery. Learn more at supplybridgeministries.org
Working with our local VFW and the VA, the Katy Lions put on a dinner in the fall and a picnic in the spring to honor and celebrate our local Veterans and their families.
We contribute towards helping our Veteran population fulfill their unique and often times challenging needs.
Annual Toy Drive
Our annual toy drive donated over 4,000 toys in 2020 alone! We collect toys every November and December and take them over to local Pediatric Cancer wings of hospitals we have partnered with, where they are distributed to young cancer patients and their families. Learn more at katytoydrive.org
Children Like Loni
Children Like Loni exists to enhance the quality of life of children with intellectual disabilities and facing adversity by shaping their character, self esteem, way of thinking, and interaction skills. We have been partnering and volunteering with this organization since 2021, and we'd love for you to check them out at likeloni.org
For years, we've awarded thousands of dollars annually to graduating seniors from Katy ISD. After a thorough analysis, our club's chosen to partner with the Katy Heritage Society and Brookshire-Pattison Lions Club to award one $1,000 scholarship to an adult returning to or continuing in the workforce, and another $1,000 scholarship to an individual entering a trade school. We feel we can maximize our impact through these scholarships, instead of through the much more saturated opportunities available to graduating seniors.
Rice Harvest Carnival
For over 40 years, the Katy Lions have been partnering with local organizations to host a carnival that benefits the Katy community. This year, our amazing work is reaching new heights! Thanks to our partnership with the City of Katy and the Rotary Club, we're bringing the carnival to the October Rice Harvest Festival!
Eye Glasses Grants
We offer low-income Katy ISD students glasses at little cost to them or their families.
Students receive a referral from their Katy ISD school nurse, and then submit an application which is reviewed by the Board of Directors. Working with local community partners, most families only pay $25.
Peace Poster Contest
For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Learn about the international contest at lionsclubs.org
Opportunities for Youth
The Texas Lions’ Opportunity for Youth sponsors four main contests during the year. A student may enter multiple contests as long as they meet the qualification requirements for each. Through its contests at the club level, the district level and ultimately the state level, students can research and gain knowledge on various social ramifications of both diabetes and substance abuse. Learn more at texaslions.org/opportunities-for-youth/
Texas Lions Foundation
TLF concentrates its efforts in two areas: humanitarian services and disaster relief. (Grant guidelines) The Foundation strives to support projects that, while falling into one of these two categories, also have long-term and far reaching effects, and promote the objectives of the Texas Lions Foundation. Overall, the Foundation maintains a strong commitment to helping people achieve their own potential, and to implementing projects that make permanent and positive changes. Projects are favored that provide benefits to as many people as possible. Learn more at texaslions.org/resources/texas-lions-foundation/
World Services for the Blind
World Services for the Blind was founded in 1947 by Roy Kumpe to serve people who are blind and visually impaired who needed to learn independent living skills or job training skills that considered the special requirements of their individual visual impairments. The goal of the rehabilitation center then, and today, is to prepare the individual who is blind or visually impaired to function independently in our “sighted” society. Learn more at wsblind.org
Texas Lions Camp
Texas Lions Camp was founded on the principle that every child is deserving of a happy childhood. By inviting children to participate in activities they may have otherwise believed out of their reach, we hope to help them improve their self-esteem and step into their life's calling. Learn more at lionscamp.com.
Sight Conservation Services Preventing blindness wherever possible and aiding those in need of visual assistance In keeping with one of the oldest missions of the Lions around the world, our commitment is to prevent blindness wherever possible and to aid those in need of seeing assistance.
Humanitarian Relief Fund
The humanitarian efforts of Lions have been notable and celebrated for more than 100 years. Working together, Lions identify the world’s most crucial needs and LCIF supports them in their efforts to provide humanitarian aid where it’s needed most. At our district level, the HRF supports the efforts of our clubs in making our communities a better place.
Lions Club International Foundation
The LCIF mission is to support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants. Learn more at lionsclubs.org/en/discover-our-foundation/
Leader Dog is the answer for thousands of people in critical need of sight and human connectivity. Because they believe every person deserves equal opportunity for independent travel, all of their services are provided at no cost, covering expenses for training, room, and board, and travel to our campus from anywhere in North America. Learn more at leaderdog.org.
Lighthouse for the Blind
The Lighthouse of Houston offers a wide variety of educational programs, community services, outpatient rehabilitation, and behavioral health services for the blind and visually impaired. Infant, youth, and children’s programs provide opportunities for children and their families to interact and have fun while learning new skills. Learn more at houstonlighthouse.org
Lions Eye Bank
The Lions Eye Bank of Texas joins two key resources for sight enhancement and improvement. Lions Clubs have demonstrated nearly a century of commitment to fighting for the correction and rehabilitation of sight-threatening conditions. The Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor provides the clinical resources of corneal specialists and others to assist in oversight, training and quality management of eye banking and corneal transplants. These combined resources create one of the leading eye banks in the United States. Learn more at lionseyebankoftexas.org