The Lions Clubs International Mission Statement is, “To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvements and international cooperation” In addition, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless efforts, as well as through their international SightFirst and Lions World Sight Day, a global partnership of United Nations agencies, eye care and philanthropic organizations and health professionals, to rid the work of preventable blindness. Lions also collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries.
In addition, Lions make a strong commitment to young people through youth outreach programs. Lions also work to improve the environment, building homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.
Based on a recent report, Lions clubs worldwide donate approximately $506 million and 71 million hours, which is equivalent to 34,000 people working full time for a year.