Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities, and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.
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Leader Dogs for the Blind believes that everyone deserves a life of independence and mobility. All of their services are provided free of charge to their clients,
including travel in the U.S. and Canada, room and board, equipment and training. This means that no one is excluded from living their most fulfilling life due to lack of funds.
They are 100% philanthropically funded by individual donors, Lions clubs, corporate partners and foundations. Simply put, we could not provide over one million days of independence each year without the immense generosity of our supporters.
Their programs are designed to provide their clients with the tools and training to reintroduce them to a life of confidence, safety and independence. Through their full-range of services—Guide Dog Training, Orientation & Mobility Training and Summer Experience Camp— they meet the mobility needs of their clients at every stage of their lives.
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501 Elm Street S.W., Roanoka, VA 24008-1772
Since its inception in 1998, the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center Inc of Northern Virginia has sent over 3 million pairs of glasses to vision-impaired people around the globe: This includes over 1 million children who can now read in school and adults who have the eyesight to lead normal, productive lives.Please help us in our mission to improve the lives of people around the world.Donate glasses to the Lions Clubs or to the Center.
601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington VA 22204-1044
ODEF is a procurement, processing, research, and distribution center for donated human eye tissue. We coordinate events from the time of a donor’s death to the transplantation
of corneal or scleral tissue. ODEF is accredited through the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and strictly adheres to the EBAA’s medical standards and code of ethics.
Old Dominion Eye Foundation is also registered with and regularly inspected by the Food and Drug Administration.
In addition to providing corneal tissue for transplant, ODEF supports many research and educational projects. Donated eye tissue for research and education is used to find cures for blinding disorders such as glaucoma, diabetes related eye disorders, retinitis pigmentosa, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more. We also conduct educational programs for the public – working to register the citizens of the Commonwealth to become organ, eye and tissue donors.
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The foundation was incorporated in 1979 and adopted as a District 24-A (now District 24-L) project by the District Governor's Cabinet in 1980. The VLEI operates as a
separate entity with the co-sponsorship of the Inova Health System. It is governed by a Board of Directors representing the Lions Clubs of District 24-L, community
ophthalmologists, and the Inova Health Systems Foundation. The VLEI funds are used for the purchase of equipment, community education, scholarships, and clinical research.
Equipment can be placed in not-for-profit hospitals anywhere in District 24-L.
Further, the VLEI supports symposia and continuing medical education for nurses and Para-professionals in the ophthalmic field. The VLEI recently instituted a scholarship award for sight handicapped individuals.
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