by Jamie Konigsfeld October 1, 2019Campaign 100 Is Supporting New Opportunities for LionsCommunities around the world are in great need, facing challenges that seem to grow and multiply. Nevertheless, Lions work tirelessly – whether it is reaching out to neighbors across town or across borders – to create lasting positive change. Thanks to grants from LCIF, Lions receive the support they need to take on some of the world’s most daunting causes.Through Campaign 100, Lions and LCIF are preparing to make large-scale, deep-rooted change by:• Increasing service impact by providing the resources needed to reduce global vision impairment, empower youth worldwide, and support disaster relief• Fighting diabetes, reducing its prevalence, and improving the quality of life for those diagnosed• Expanding Lions’ global causes to combat hunger, battle childhood cancer, and protect the environmentRecently, LCIF has introduced two new grants to support Lions’ expanded goals:Lions Serving Hungry NeighborsLions have long taken a stand against hunger. Now, with the LCIF Hunger Pilot Grant Program, Lions can do even more to feed the hungry. Imagine the impact of a new or expanded school-based feeding program, or the development of new ways to store food so it does not spoil, or a dedicated vehicle to collect and deliver food to elderly community members. With funding for initiatives like these, Lions can ease the burden of hunger.Lions in the Fight Against Childhood CancerEvery two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. This startling statistic prompted Lions to adopt childhood cancer as a cause area, and LCIF is empowering Lions to support families with children battling cancer. Through the LCIF Childhood Cancer Pilot Grant Program, Lions can create housing where families can rest, sleep, or cook while their child is receiving treatment, or provide rides for families who do not have reliable transportation. Lions can also improve patients’ quality of life by creating programs where the children can learn, exercise, and play.The LCIF Board of Trustees will review applications for these new Hunger and Childhood Cancer Grants at their January, May, and August meetings. The applications are due 90 days prior to each meeting (upcoming due dates are February 13, 2020 and May 16, 2020).Lions Reach a MilestoneLions’ success through grants is thanks to the generosity of donors. Lions who attended the recent Lions Clubs International Convention in Milan, Italy, received the great news that Campaign 100 reached its 2018-2019 fundraising goal, with funds totaling US$110, 903,738. This is strong progress toward the campaign’s ultimate aim of raising US$300 million – an ambitious goal that needs participation from every Lion worldwide. Whether you make a personal donation, create your own fundraiser, or encourage your club to become a Model Club, there are many ways to contribute to Campaign 100.