How We Serve
the Katy and Surrounding Community
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.
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.
Charities & Initiatives
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.
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
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/
Lions Clubs 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/
Lighthouse of Houston
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
Leader Dogs for the Blind
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.
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
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.
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.
International Peace Poster
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
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.
Eye Glass Grants
For a young child, being visually impaired can lead to lasting, life-long setbacks. Working with the Katy Independent School District, we help identify and provide eyeglasses to low-income children whose families would otherwise not be able to provide for them. Families pay the first $25 and then we chip in $200, which completely covers the cost for most glasses. For more serious cases, we work with the family and eyecare providers to reduce the price.
High School Scholarships
Each year, the Katy Lions Club & Foundation awards thousands of dollars to graduating Katy high school seniors to help offset the tremendously high cost of higher education.
Our annual toy drive donated over 8,000 toys in 2021 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.