The Lions of Illinois Foundation Social Services Assistant assists Lions Clubs to provide access to needed services & equipment for people with vision and hearing needs in Illinois.

LIF Social Services does not pay the bills for helping these individuals, but assists by finding help for the person in need, through other agencies, or by helping local Lions Clubs locate the best care for each person requesting assistance at a reduced cost.

All requests handled must be under the approval and sponsorship of a local Lions Club. The Club(s) must follow-up on the needed request and notify the LIF Social Services of the status of the request within 60 days; mainly what assistance they can provide.

To fill out an application to request eyeglasses, click here.

To fill out an application to request a hearing aid, click here.

Lions of Illinois Funds for Emergency (L.I.F.E.)

This service is restricted to Lions Clubs only

L.I.F.E. is an interest free loan program for Illinois Lions Clubs to provide for the needs of the visually & hearing impaired in their service area. All inquiries should be directed to the LIF Social Services Referral Department.

To begin to apply the Lions of Illinois Foundation must first receive a request in writing from the Lions Club. This request is the reviewed by the District Governor, District Trustee, and the Executive Director for approval.

Only Lions Clubs in Illinois may borrow money from this fund, not individuals, nor private facilities. The fund is to be used only when the Club does not have the financial means to provide assistance to an individual in need of visual or hearing related services. The minimum a Lions Club may borrow is $300.00 and the maximum amount is $3,000.00. The loan must be repaid in full within a two-year period from the date the money is disbursed to the Lions Club.

To apply, contact the office accountant at (815) 756-5633 x 351.