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LIF Gift Card Campaign

ShopWithScrip.com partners with non-profit organizations to help turn everyday shopping into cash for several different types of organizations, including the Lions of Illinois Foundation. A person can easily use scrip gift cards to pay for frequent or weekly purchases like gas & groceries instead of utilizing your usual debit or credit cards to pay for these items.  

The LIF Gift Card campaign can work as one time fundraising goal for our organization, or it can even be conducted as a year round program. The Great Lakes Scrip Center has helped thousands of organizations meet their fundraising goals over the last twenty years. 40% of your club's rebate earned during the year goes back to your club for sight and hearing projects.This successful fundraiser earned similiar organizations & clubs more than $500 million! 

AT THE END OF THE YEAR, YOUR CLUB WILL RECIEVE 40% OF THE ANNUAL REBATE TO BE USED IN YOUR COMMUNITY for vision and hearing services. (For rebates that exceed $25, they will be mailed to your district secretary; For rebates that are under $25, they will be put into your club candy day account). 

Click here to see the LIF Gift Card Campaign brochure

*Please contact office@lifnd.org or 815-756-5633 for your enrollment code*


SIGN UP AND ENROLL
-Go to ShopWithScrip.com

-Click on "Get Started" in the upper right hand corner
-Click on "Join Your Existing Program." 
-Enter the LIF enrollment code you would have recieved after contacting the Lions Foundation
-Create a username and password, this can be whatever you want. Make sure to write it down. 
-Finish filling out Name, Address, and E-mail. Add club name on lines designated for Student/School and click "Register."
-The next page you will be signed into your account.
-Click the word "Shop" at the top of the screen and order the cards you want, then submit your order online by paying with your presto-pay account or by check. (If using check, please put "Gift Cards" in check memo)
       MAIL CHECK TO: Lions of Illinois Foundation,
                                2254 Oakland Dr.
                                Sycamore, IL 60178
-Processing and handling may take up to 7-10 business days. Credit/Debit cards not accepted. Orders will be placed 2 business days after receipt of payment. 



Pearle Vision

We are pleased and excited to announce a new partnership with vision care provider, Pearle Vision. Pearle Vision, founded in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, will be offering eye examinations and new prescription eyeglasses for Lions and the people in your communities. 

Pearle Vision has been the leader in retail optometry for many years, and has a strong prescence in the greater Chicagoland area with many locations in the city and the suburbs. Most of the Pearle Vision stores are independent family or doctor-owned businesses that have served their local communities for many years. Best-in-class patient care and quality eyewear are their first priorities for clients. 

As of November 1st, 2017, people in your community with a Pearle Vision Sight Pass can recieve a comprehensive eye exam by a therapeutically certified optometrist. Lions recieve a 30% discount on an eye exam and glasses. For those who require a vision prescription, Sight Passes will enable you to get a new pair of glasses with your prescription. 

Click here for assistance request form
Click here for more information about sight pass

Reconditioned Hearing Aids Program

One of the many programs administered by our foundation includes the fitting of used hearing aids to individuals who otherwise would not be able to obtain one due to limited finances. Anyone can refer a patient to the Lions for determining eligibility for hearing aid services. If the person already has had a hearing test and/or otologic evaluation copies should be sent with the request for assistance application. 

Hearing aid requests can be sent directly to a Lion's club or sent through the Lions of Illinois Foundation. When sent directly to a club, a Lion will screen the individual needing assistance, using the "Social Service Screening Form." It is then up to the club to approve or deny a request. If a request is sent through the LIF, that request will be sent on to the appropriate club and its trustees. 

To learn more about hearing loss, click here.
To learn more about LIF Hearing Aid Bank, click here
For the application for assistance for hearing aids, click here. 



Partners

            Below are links to the websites of our service partner organizations:



ADA
Center for Sight & Hearing

Chicago Lighthouse
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Illinois College of Optometry
Leader Dogs For The Blind
Lions of Illinois Eye Research Institute LIERI
Lions International
Lions of Illinois Inc.
Pearle Vision
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum

Seeing Is Believing

The Low-Vision Program for Students is designed to help severely visually impaired youth make the most of their remaining sight. The Lions of Illinois Foundation Partners with Spectrios Institute for low vision, the Illinois College of Optometry, and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind to provide a FREE comprehensive visual evaluation to Illinois students in grades K-12. Referral of students are made by special education staff employed by the Illinois Board of Education.


Endowment Fund

The Lions of Illinois Endowment Fund offers the opportunity for members of the Lions family and the general public to give a
tax-deductible gift that keeps on giving. It is a restricted fund in which contributions are pooled and invested, with the principal remaining intact. Only the income can be used to support Lions of Illinois Foundation programs and services for the visually and hearing impaired.

HOW ARE FUNDS CONTRIBUTED?


Funds are contributed through a variety of ways.

Memorials: Donations may be given in the name of someone who has passed on.

Honorariums: Donations may be given to honor a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, graduation, promotion, retirement, becoming a Foundation Fellow, etc.) or to wish someone well.

Sustaining Supporters: The Sustaining Supporter Program is a method of giving in which anyone (Lion or non-Lion) is encouraged to give a $25 donation on an annual basis to help support the many programs and services of the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

Foundation Fellows: A Foundation Fellow is the greatest level of recognition that can be bestowed by the Lions of Illinois Foundation and can honor anyone (Lion or non-Lion). For those who wish to contribute more than $500 or to begin a program of giving, there are 25 levels of the Foundation Fellow, with each level attained affording honor to the individual named.

Tree of Service: The Tree of Service provides permanent acknowledgement and recognition of a gift and may be used to honor or memorialize a person, a group (club, family, organization), or an event. Anyone can contribute through the Tree of Service program. For each contribution of $1,000, a bronze leaf is inscribed on the Tree; for a contribution of $5,000 or more, a rock at the foot of the Tree is inscribed.

Legacy Club: The Legacy Club is a way of recognizing individuals who wish to assist in the establishment of a lasting legacy to help children and adults who are visually or hearing impaired. Membership in the Legacy Club is granted to any person (Lion or non-Lion) who demonstrates a commitment to the vision of the Lions of Illinois Foundation by:leaving a bequest large or small or assigning any part of a pension/retirement fund, IRA, insurance policy, or investment account to the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

Wills, Bequests, Trusts: Individuals may choose to give an estate tax-deductible gift by naming the Lions of Illinois Endowment Fund or Lions of Illinois Foundation as (1) a beneficiary of part of an estate; or (2) an assignee of part of a pension/retirement fund, IRA, insurance policy, or investment account. Individuals who provide appropriate documentation to the Lions of Illinois Endowment Fund become members of the Legacy Club and receive a beautiful pin.