Tri-Lakes Lions Humanitarian Efforts
The Tri-Lakes Lions Club has been serving the Northern El Paso community (Palmer Lake, Monument, and surrounding unincorporated areas) and the State of Colorado through volunteer service and financial assistance, meeting the humanitarian needs of the community. Some examples of our service include:
- Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank fulfills the wishes of eye donors and their families to help others overcome blindness through transplantation and research with over 2500 sight-restorative transplants each year. The Tri-Lakes Lions Club contributes funding to the eye bank annually.
- Lions KidSight Screening has a mission to provide free vision screening to kids six months to six years. State-wide, over 40,000 Colorado children screened annually. Working with local schools, the Tri-Lakes Lions Club screens hundreds of children each year.
- The Colorado Lions Camp is a year-round facility that provides programs for those with developmental and physical disabilities. Over 400 week-long camper scholarships are awarded each year. Room, board, and activities are provided to attendees and their parents at no charge. The Tri-Lakes Lions Club contributes funding and service to the camp annually.
- Tri-Lakes CARES is a community based, volunteer supported, resource center whose purpose is to improve lives through emergency, self-sufficiency, and relief programs. It is the only pantry and human services organization serving Northern El Paso County. The Tri-Lakes Lions Club contributes funding to this critical resource each year.
- Eye exams, surgeries, and eyeglasses for needy individuals in our local area. The Tri- Lakes Lions Club collects used eyeglasses in the community for refurbishing and redistribution to individuals less fortunate. The club also teams up with other area Lions Clubs to finance eye exams and surgeries for those who have no ability to pay.
- Civic engagement through addressing issues of public concern and by promoting the quality of the community. Annually, the Tri-Lakes Lions Club works with local city officials to identify a need that requires outside funding. Examples include picnic tables for Palmer Lake, gazebo for the city of Monument, and to address specific shortfalls for local police and fire departments.
- Tri-Lakes Fishing Derby is a free fishing tournament for kids ages 4 through 14. The derby is a family-oriented activity that hosts well over 200 children. Prizes are awarded to the winners by age category. The Tri-Lakes Lions Club orchestrates the derby each year at Palmer Lake. The club, along with its many sponsors, provide the necessary support for participants.