The Calgary North Hill Lions is involved in numerous programs. The following is a summary of these programs and fund raising projects.
1) Brenda Strafford House
Making the decision to leave an abusive home is hard enough, let alone at Christmas. Each year, a donation from the Calgary North Hill Lions Club supplies a complete Christmas – gifts, Christmas tree, decorations, a turkey and all the trimmings – for several families taking shelter in the Brenda Strafford Centre.
2) Calgary Meals on Wheels
With our Adopt-a-Route program group members take on the meal delivery responsibilities of one route, once a week by using their own vehicle. Frequency is flexible, depending on the group.
The Calgary North Hill Lions Club’s support of Calgary Meals on Wheels has contributed to our community in amazing ways. Our two organizations through collaboration, increase the level of support that can be provided to Calgarians of all ages and circumstances. Jacqui Green, Calgary Meals on Wheels.
Learn about a typical volunteers experience with Meals on Wheels:
Ideally, volunteers work in pairs to deliver meals. This promotes a team-focused activity and ensures meals are delivered efficiently to the client. We deliver meals each once a week from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A group of at least 10 volunteers is recommended to start, as this allows each person to participate about once every 5 weeks. Sufficient numbers are required to cover absences and vacation.
I appreciate that they bring our meals even when it’s below zero. They are wonderful & they are all volunteers
3) Community Youth Projects
Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring.
4) Disabled Sailing Association
In the past two years the Lions have purchased modified sailboats for the Disabled Sailing Association(located at the Glenmore Sailing Club, South Glenmore Park), allowing people with disabilities to continue to enjoy sailing. Notable fund donations have included:
- funds to replace a boat damaged in transit (boat is named ‘Lions Pride)
- funds to purchase ‘sip and puff’ interface equipment which gives quadriplegic sailors the ability to sail.
Additional funds are contributed for boat maintenance and operation costs.
Learn more about the Disabled Sailing Association (play video):
5) Festival of Lights (Confederation Golf Course)
The Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of almost 100,000 lights along 14th St NW (Confederation Golf Course). Designed by Dean McKenzie, Creative Intelligence Agency. The Lions Festival of Lights is a collaborative effort that draws upon many volunteers, organizations and sponsors. Through it all, the Calgary and area Lions Clubs members and volunteers keeps things organized and on track.
6) Inn from the Cold
We prepare and serve breakfast to the clients at Inn From The Cold. Inn from the Cold provides a safe place where homeless families and others in need can begin to rebuild their lives. Inn From the Cold ensures that homeless and community children are able to find stability in designated schools equipped to meet their unique needs and situations. Every dollar invested matters and goes towards helping families create hopeful futures. With a donation from the North Hill Lions Club, Inn from the Cold received a new bus in 2009
7) International Youth Exchange
Each year, the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program introduces young people to life in other cultures by helping them travel abroad. Each Youth Camp and Exchange includes an extended stay hosted by one of our many international clubs. The Calgary North Hill Lions hosts is the key organizer of the Waterton Leadership Camp. This Lions Youth Exchange Camp is world-renowned for it’s focus on leadership development. The camp is situated in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Waterton Lakes National Park; the world’s first Peace Park shared by Canada and the United States.
The following video was prepared by the youth who attended this camp:
’8) Leo Program for Youth Leadership
Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide. Learn more about the Calgary North Hill Leos.
9) Make a Child’s Dream Come True
In 1982, the Calgary North Hill Lions Club launched “Make a Child’s Dream Come True “to brighten the lives of children whose health prognosis is uncertain and whose quality of life is poor because of illness.
It was Alberta’s first program aimed at raising funds to help these children realize a cherished dream. Through the generous response of individuals and businesses, it has already made more than 100 dreams come true. For some children and their families, a “Dream Come True” is an important last memory of happy times. For others, having a dream come true is a morale booster for the rest of their lives.
We are moving closer to our goal of building a lasting legacy for the people of Southern Alberta.
Each year the Calgary North Hill Lions hosts its Annual Dreams Golf Tournament where we raise money for the “Make a Child’s Dreams Come True” program. Golfers and Corporate sponsors are invited to participate. Visit the website for the golf tournament at: http://www.dreamsgolf.ca or Click Here
10) Peace Posters
Students from various elementary and junior high schools in Calgary creat posters themed after peace. Each piece of artwork is evaluated and winning posters are normally displayed at city hall. The Leos get involved in providing prizes for the winners. Family and guests partake in provided food, music and carnival games.
The following is a video of the Peace Poster program:
11) Salvation Army Kettles (Christmas)
The Christmas Kettle campaign has been helping Canadians in need for over a hundred years and helps Calgarians access services like employment assistance, counseling and food programs.
12) Preparing Christmas Hampers
In December the Calgary North Hill Lions shops, wraps, and delivers Christmas hampers to needy mothers and their children in Calgary. In addition, we provide a crib and some baby items at Christmas for the No Crib for a Bed project , a project of NeighbourLink Calgary.
One of the fundraisers for our programs involves volunteering at various Casinos.
14) Gift of Sight
Each winter we are ask people across Calgary to collect any unwanted, used eyeglasses, and donate them to the Gift of Sight Foundation c/o the North Hill Leos. In conjunction with the Lions Clubs, we clean, repair, and classify the prescriptions. All glasses collected will then be hand delivered to people in developing countries. Since 1999, more than 1, 000, 000 pairs of eyewear have been collected during the Sight Night event —helping approximately 30, 000 people on 30 separate missions!