In 1948, a group of prominent area business people established The Concord Lions Club in conjunction with Lions International, for the purpose of helping those people who are less fortunate than ourselves. Our primary focus of aid is in sight and hearing in the Greater Concord Area. We have provided eye exams and glasses and hearing tests and hearing aids for those in need. In 2008 Lion's International headed up Project Sightfirst2, which is to help eradicate preventable blindness worldwide, and the Concord Lions had pledged $10,000 to aid in the fight. This program helps through rehabilitation, research, and reaching out, and educating vulnerable populations in developing countries.
Our fund raising events have also included the 2008 RACE FEVER event which we plan to make an annual event. We also run 20/20 Raffles and 50/50 raffles along with our Wishing Well Barrels and Lions Mints sales. We also are running games of chance, notably Texas Hold-em events at the local Dog Tracks in conjunction with the NH Pari-Mutual Commission. Throughout the year we also hold auctions and suppers to help finance our charitable causes.
Some of the charities we have helped out with donations or service work, in addition to the individuals aided, Included are; NH Sight and Hearing Foundation, Operation Kid Sight which is eye screening for pre-school children, Annual Blind Awareness Walk, NH Association for the Blind, McGreal Sight Center, NH? ME Blind Bowlers Weekend, Concord Regional Association for Retarded Citizens, Capitol Region Food Program, Lions Youth Development of NH, HOBY Youth Seminars. Lions Quest Drug Education, Fidelco Guide Dog Program, Salvation Army, Scholarships at Concord & Bishop Brady, and Merrimack Valley High Schools as well as the NH Tech (Health Services), NH Diabetes Association, NH Brain Injury, Special Olympics, Lions Twin State Soccer Program, Camperships at Camp Allen and Salvation Army, Operation Santa Claus, Lions Annual Haunted House, Community Roadside Cleanup, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
The Concord Lions Club welcomes any individual that's interested in joining us in reaching our goals which help those less fortunate in our community. There are many Lions Clubs throughout the State of NH and everywhere around the world who would welcome your participation. ASK A LION! They're probably a neighbor.