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Join the Team

If you’re interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking, and having fun – you can do all of this and more as a Lions club member. As a Lion, you’ll perform local volunteer work to improve your community – and communities around the world.

As a Lions club member, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who are doing local volunteer work to support your community – right now. You’ll also become a member of Lions Clubs International, a respected international organization, a leader in your local community and a friend to people in need.

There are many reasons to become a member. As a Lion, you will:

  • Help your community and gain valuable skills
  • Make an impact on people’s lives – locally and internationally
  • Learn to be a leader – and lead a respected organization
  • Network with business people in your community and around the world
  • Energize your life and have fun

You’ll grow personally and professionally. And you’ll know that the community volunteer work you perform is worthwhile and appreciated.

There are Lions clubs in nearly every city and town in Massachusetts. You can find a club near you to get more information.

Who are the Lions?

A group of dedicated people, who are your neighbors, friends and local business community, looking to serve people in need and those less fortunate than themselves. They have banded together to do things which they could not do as individuals. In Massachusetts, we have over 9,000 Lions, Lioness and Leos representing 275 Clubs dedicated to eliminating blindness and helping in community service.

The Challenge

The challenge was presented to the Lions in 1925 by Helen Keller, to become “Knights of the Blind”. The challenge was accepted. Since 1952 when Eye Research was voted to be the official project of the Massachusetts Lions, the Lions of the state have dedicated themselves to this one primary statewide project—Eye Research.

What Do They Do?

Through the local Clubs, which are the heart of our Association, Lions plan and conduct fundraising and service projects to help those who are less fortunate. Each Club partici¬pates in our statewide “JOURNEY FOR SIGHT” project, to raise funds for Massachusetts Lions Eye Research.

Our Story

In 1951, the Lions of Massachusetts became aware that each year, 2,500 premature babies were losing their sight at birth from so-called ‘baby blindness’.
Because of this, ‘Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund’ was formed in October 1951 dedicating itself to funding research.
The first grant of $5,000 was given to Dr. Ingalls of Harvard Medical School who was instrumental in discovering that the cause of baby blindness was that of too much oxygen being used in the incubators of premature babies. Today, over 125,000 adults can see because of the foresight and concern of these Lions.