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Contact a Lion now to learn how you can volunteer with the Olympia Host Lions.
Love to garden? Lend a hand at the Lions Sensory Garden at the Port of Olympia. This large garden features plants that have distinctive aromas or textures - interesting for our visitors who may not be able to see well. But other locals also tell us this is one of their favorite spots as they walk, run or just stop to rest on a nearby bench. You can help with weeding and pruning. Join our garden team - just send an email below and we will get back to you.
Plastic Film Recycling - The plastic film we are using today will outlive most of us. You can help us keep plastic film out of our landfills and out of Puget Sound by volunteering with the Plastic Posse. Regularly scheduled shifts - once a week or once a month - sort plastic at the Food Bank on Olympia's west side. Other volunteers transport the bagged plastic across town each week to be shipped to the recycler. Use the email below to let us know you want to be part of this important effort.
Vision Screening - Make sure that school children can see well enough to learn to read. Olympia Host Lions help school nurses screen the vision and hearing of hundreds of Olympia area elementary students. Training is provided. Volunteers for the project must be Lions.
Deliver Dictionaries - Olympia Host Lions deliver dictionaries to each 3rd grader in Olympia and Griffin schools. One of the most fun projects we do, you get to interact with the excited students as they discover how much they can learn from their new book. Because we are going into classrooms, only Lions members may volunteer for this project.
Social Media and Writing - if you are a Facebook fanatic or just love to write, you can help us keep information flowing. We have a website, Facebook page, newsletter, blog and other communication tools that can always use good information. Call or email to put your talents to use on the PR team.
Low Vision Resource Center - This is our Legacy project - and it is a big one. The LVRC is a storefront operation providing low vision aids to those who cannot be helped by glasses alone. Once you are trained, you can help to staff the Center, stay in touch with clients to make sure they have what they need, maintain inventory control, answer the phone, assist with raising funds, deliver or pick up equipment, or do a little cleanup. Email or call now to find out how you can help.
Process Eyeglasses so others can see. Our local Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center processes thousands of pairs of used glasses every year. Lions and friends collect the used glasses from drop boxes around town, sort the collected glasses, clean them and read the prescription before packaging them for use on mission trips overseas. You will be working with a team for a few hours once a month - but you can also go to the Lacey recycling center more often if you like. Let us know if you want to be part of this easy but important service.
Burger Booth Crew - The Lions Burger Den is a fixture at local events like Lakefair. You can help with this important fundraiser by peeling onions, pouring drinks, grilling burgers, assembling sandwiches or taking orders. You will get tired and smell like onions and smoke - but we laugh a lot! Some businesses take a whole shift so the whole crew can work together. Let us know if you have always wanted to flip a Lion burger.
Deliver Apples - In early November, it is all hands on deck to deliver several thousand boxes of apples to customers eagerly awaiting their fresh Fuji apples from the Lions. Rain or shine, we have to get those 40 pound boxes out of the Food Bank and into customers' hands over one weekend. Apple orders are prepaid so you just need to deliver to the addresses we provide. This is our biggest fundraiser - your help will be appreciated! Let us know if you want to be an apple pusher.
Sunday Dinners - Lunches for the Homeless - Marathon Water Stop - Downtown Cleanup - Earth Day in the Park
What project interests you?
Please Note: While non-Lion volunteers are welcome to help on many projects, all the planning and decision making for Lions projects is done entirely by the Lions themselves. If you would like to put your planning, grant writing, communication or administrative skills to work for a really good cause, consider joining the Lions.
We will be glad to make room for you.
If you think you may want to join the Olympia Host Lions Club - GREAT! The first step to join the Lions is to get to know us, so let's start by meeting or working together on a project. Use the email chat on this page to let us know you are interested. Leave a phone number and a Lion will call you.
Joining the Lions is a lot like getting married. You are joining a new family. We have great fun together and truly do care for one another - but we also expect members to live up to their commitments.
There is an initiation fee and annual dues -but dues are less than $10 a month! And they can be paid either annually or 6 months at a time.
We meet every week - but we do not take attendance and attendance at meetings is never required. (Of course, we would like to see you once in a while - after all, you are family.) And we do need our members to show up for some of the service projects - doing something for someone else is what we are all about.
Olympia Host has a lot of projects going on all the time - but we also have a lot of members to keep things moving. You will be able to select one or two projects that you want to be involved in at first. Pick and choose - help where it feels right to you.
Membership in Lions is by invitation only - and the best way to get that invitation is to find a sponsor.
Along with putting your name forward for membership, your sponsor also will be beside you as you begin your Lions' journey. Your sponsor can help to explain some of the. Lions' traditions (do you know what the Tail Twister does?) and make sure that you get a proper orientation to Lions as well as introductions to all the members of Olympia Host.
If you already know a Lion - ask them to sponsor you. Or use the email chat button on this page and a Lion will contact you to offer help.
Use the link below to download an application blank. Or just call a Lion at the Olympia Host Lions EyeLine and we will help you get started!
Can women join the Lions Club?
Women have been welcome in Lions since the mid-1980s. Olympia Host Lions Club is particularly welcoming to women.
Are there age limits in Lions Clubs?
You can join the Lions when you turn 18 -- prior to that membership is in a Leos Club. There are no upper age limits for being a Lion. Olympia Host has a few members who have been Lions for more than 50 years.
Should my husband and I both join the Lions Club?
Many couples serve together in Lions. It's a great way to do something good together - and you meet other like-minded couples who often become close friends.
And you can get a discount for more than one family member in the same Lions Club. (Ask about the rules for family membership.)
Am I allowed to attend other Lions Clubs when I travel?
Absolutely - when you join one Lions Club you are also becoming a member of Lions Clubs International so you will find yourself welcome at all the 48,000 Lions Clubs around the world.
Olympia Host Lions meet Tuesdays at noon at the First Baptist Church downtown Olympia. Plenty of Parking at 9th and Franklin.
Call for info at 360 790-8667.
Steamboat Branch Lions meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Griffin Fire Hall #1 on the Steamboat Island Road.