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Welcome To the Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation

The Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation (RILSF) was founded in 1961 as a charitable arm of the Lions Clubs International, District 42, Rhode Island, USA.  Our  Mission is to provide assistance to the visually impaired persons in our communities by partnering with the RI Lions Clubs and by filling in the gaps where no local club is present.

The RILSF is composed of representatives from  Lions Clubs around Rhode Island, and the assistance we provide can be financial, material, social and developmental. Although Lions Clubs around the state are well known for vision screenings at local businesses, schools, and health fairs and for its collection of used eyeglasses for distribution in Third World countries, the Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation  engages other activities as well:

         Providing scores of grants to visually impaired Rhode Islanders for corrective surgery, prostheses, eyeglasses or technical visual equipment in an effort to give those individuals an opportunity for a full and productive life. To request any of the above please contact Paul, at isenbergltc@cox.net . If you need to request eyeglasses and/or an eye exam, please print and fill out whatever information you can on the Eyeglass/Exam Assistance Request Form (click this link or go to our "Forms and Downloads" page to print), and send that form completed to the best of your ability to Paul at isenbergltc@cox.net

         Sponsorship of 2 camps for Rhode Islandís visually-impaired youngsters; One summer camp (Camp Mauchatea) and one winter camp at an indoor water park. Here the kids get the opportunity to make  friends, create bonds, and share experiences that many of us take for granted. The memories last a lifetime. You can learn more about the camps.

         Since 2008 we have sponsored a VIP Fishing Tournament for adult Visually Impaired Persons and their guides on the  Frances Fishing Fleet in Point Judith, RI that really gives the participants some great fish stories to talk about. This event has grown immensely in popularity, with the top three winners attending the National event in North Carolina. You can learn more. Read......                                       

         Starting in 2015  the Foundation committed our support to the Veteranís Rowing and Kayaking Association, which works with visually impaired and disabled veterans, utilizing a rowing and fitness plan to promote a healthy lifestyle in these individuals. The program starts with indoor training in the winter and transitions to outdoor rowing in the spring.  Read......     http://www.veteransrowing.com/

         One of the Foundation's proudest contributions to sight conservation has been the purchase of six PO2 monitors which prevent premature blindness by carefully monitoring the intake of oxygen by premature infants at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. 

         In 2001, RILSF was awarded a CORE 4 LCIF Grant to implement a statewide, pre-school children's vision screening program utilizing photo screening. This 3-year program was known as the Lions 4 Sight program, and was our largest scale endeavor, with a goal to provide 10000 screenings per year. The goal was accomplished with the assistance of Rhode Island Lions clubs Saving Sight RI and Brown University.
Learn more about our vision screening program Read.......

 We are proud to serve, and proud to be associated with Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world.



Last updated 11.8..2017


Meeting schedule
 2016 -2017

Meeting Minutes,
March 2015
September 4 2014

Contact Information
Postal Address
PO Box  19671,
Johnston, RI  02919-0671
 Officers and Delegates

You can help those  we serve

Past District Governor
 Daniel J. Almeida with his guide dog Monte visit the Newport Lions Club

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