The Lions Clubs International organization is celebrating 100 years of service. As part of this celebration, local clubs are urged to either organize or support projects in the following areas: Engaging Our Youth, Sharing the Vision, Relieving the Hunger, and Protecting Our Environment. The Jekyll Island Lions Club engaged each of these areas in 2016.
Engaging our Youth: Jekyll Lions have historically provided labor and money to the Georgia Lions Camp (formerly the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind). This camp near Waycross, Georgia, provides a camp experience for blind and otherwise disabled citizens of the state. Jekyll Lions have painted picnic tables and building during work projects every Spring to get the camp ready for the campers.
Sharing the Vision: The Jekyll Island Lions Club actively supports the collection and recycling of used eyeglasses on the island. Eye glass collection boxes are hosted by business establishments and are checked by a Lion about once a week. The glasses are boxed up and delivered to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation team that visits Brunswick about once a month. In addition to dropping off the used glasses, Jekyll Lions always have at least one volunteer at the Lighthouse Foundations eye clinics at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP).
Relieving the Hunger: Every holiday season, the Jekyll Lions partner with the local Salvation Army office to ring the “bell” on the island to collect money to feed the homeless. The Jekyll Lions organize the island collection effort and engage the entire community by soliciting volunteer time for anyone who wants to help.
Protecting Our Environment: In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the beaches of Jekyll Island were covered with trash and debris. Eight members of the Jekyll Lions joined with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and their volunteers to pick up and catalog trash collected along the coastal areas.