That question is best
answered in terms of individuals whose lives have been enriched
by humanitarian projects. Projects made possible by donations to
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) for the Melvin Jones
Fellowship Program. The fellowship, which was created in 1973,
takes its name from the founder of Lions Clubs International
(LCI), Melvin Jones. It is an honor--not an award. The
fellowship was established as LCIF’s highest form of recognition
to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian
service. Fellowship donations are largely responsible for
successfully launching the Lions’ aggressive global attack on
preventable and curable blindness--the LCIF SightFirst program
Fellowship donations, combined
with other unrestricted gifts, provide funding for constructing
and equipping medical facilities. These projects are often
designed to benefit disadvantaged and underserved populations.
Fellowship donations support vocational assistance programs that
teach skills to disabled persons, giving them an opportunity to
live productively and independently. Fellowship donations help
fund reconstruction projects following major disasters.
Fellowship donations have been used to provide homes for
children with special needs and homes for the elderly. ...and
the list of humanitarian projects goes on.
When you meet Melvin Jones
Fellows, you will notice that they are greatly concerned about
the needs of humanity. They are firmly committed to finding ways
of improving the quality of life in their local communities and
in the world community. Thousands of lives have been
dramatically touched by the good works that are funded with
fellowship donations. The personal nature of the fellowship
restricts it to individuals only. The honor cannot be given to
any group or organization.