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Small Efforts, Big Impact: The Choteau Lions Club’s Project to Provide Access to Resources for Improved Vision

Girl getting eye exam, examined by an eye doctor in the foreground, the child's mother in the background

The Choteau Lions Club, located in Choteau, Montana, is collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids to provide individuals in need with access to necessary resources to improve their vision and overall quality of life. Through the project, trained volunteers sort, clean, and determine the prescription strengths of the donated eyeglasses. Usable recycled eyeglasses are then carefully packaged and stored until they are needed for eyeglass dispensing missions.

If you’re interested in donating your used eyeglasses and hearing aids, the Choteau Lions Club has established various collection points in the community, including Choteau Ace Hardware, City of Choteau offices, Choteau Senior Center, and Mountain Front Family Vision. By contributing to the project through these collection points, you can help make a significant impact on the lives of individuals in need.

The project is part of the Lions Clubs International effort to address the issue of uncorrected refractive errors that affect millions of people worldwide. According to Lions Clubs International, an estimated 120 million people suffer from uncorrected refractive errors that can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. The lack of access to these resources can negatively impact the quality of life of individuals, preventing them from pursuing education or employment opportunities.

Through the Choteau Lions Club’s project, eye care professionals and trained Lion and Leo volunteers perform vision screenings and dispense the appropriate recycled glasses, free of charge, to children and adults in need. The project helps bridge the gap for those who lack access to resources and support.

The Choteau Lions Club’s project is a reminder that small efforts can make a big difference in the world. By donating used eyeglasses and hearing aids, members of the community can contribute to a worthy cause that is making a significant impact on the lives of many people.

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29th Annual Choteau Lions Pool Vacation Giveaway Project Begins

The 2022 swim season marks the 10th season for the new Choteau community pool since its completion and opening in 2013. The Choteau pool is unique. The pool is owned and partially funded by the city but it has been managed and financially supported by the Choteau Lions Club since the original pool was built in 1934. Annual fund-raising projects and hundreds of volunteer hours are needed each year. Most rural communities in Montana struggle to keep their pools open and some have even had to close. A pool is an important asset for the community providing recreational swimming, swim lessons, and a competitive swim team. However, a community swimming pool is not a profitable business. Pool revenue does not come close to covering the cost of operation, lifeguard wages, and pool maintenance. The Choteau pool could not stay open without the support of the Lions Club volunteers and continued community supported fund-raising projects.

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