Community Advocate: West Lions Club

It’s not hard to see why the Lions Club is named after the beloved creature. Lions enjoy great fellowship and move as a unit. Their impact is felt among the entire community. For close to 100 years, the international Lions Club has been helping the community through the work of its citizens.

On January 25, 2017, TEEM was invited to speak at the West Side Lions Club chapter regarding TEEM’s mission and the societal issues program participants face. The West Side Lions Club is a long-standing supporter of TEEM’s efforts. Many of the organization’s members also attend Cornerstone Methodist Church. Cornerstone participated in TEEM’s hygiene drive and the organization became familiar with TEEM’s work through the annual drive.

“There are three-and-a-half million members worldwide,” Lions Club member Marvin Haynesworth said. “We support efforts in the city and in Langston, Oklahoma. We are excited to learn more about helping TEEM.” 

West Side Lions Club has a number of efforts that members support during the year. Their eyeglass program provides new eyewear to poverty-stricken community members. They support a horse back riding program specifically for young boys currently living in the foster care system. The mobile meals program supplies hot meals to underserved individuals and families on the Northwest side of Oklahoma City.  In addition to supporting TEEM’s toy drive, The Lions Club also ring bells for the Salvation Army during the holidays.

For information on how your organization can also partner with TEEM, please visit teem.org/volunteer.