Knoxville, Tennessee - United States
District 12N
West Knox Lions is a member of Smoky Mountains Lions Charities, a 501(c)-3  not-for-profit organization combining many Lions Clubs in the Knoxville area which operates a Mobile Vision Laboratory, providing vision screenings and eyeglasses.

We support the following projects:

Tennessee School for the Blind

This state-operated school for visually-impaired children located near Nashville provides educational opportunities through the twelfth grade. Special Christmas checks are presented to the children each yer, and in addition, needy students are provided with clothing and necessities. A work program provides an opportunity for students to learn and develop essential work habits as well as earn a limited amount of money.

Tennessee School for the Deaf

This state-operated school provides an educational program for children with a hearing impairment such that they cannot function in
their local school system. Funds are used to assist students from indigent families who need hearing devices, medicine, eye glasses, shoes, clothing, and other personal items. A student work program is also aided through these contributions.

East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank

East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank is the major clearing house between persons donating their eyes after death and the recipient of a corneal transplant. The eye bank obtains, evaluates, preserves, and distributes eye tissue. While corneal transplants are the primary objective, the eye bank also provides programs in public awareness, professional education, and research.

Lions World Services for the Blind

Lions World Services for the Blind (formerly Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind) is a comprehensive rehabilitation center for blind adults providing counseling for emotional and psychological adjustment to blindness, training in independent living and mobility skills, vocational evaluation, and high quality, marketable job skills training.

Lions Leader Dogs for the Blind

Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs for blind persons. Each leader dog represents more than $9000 in training and care costs.

Lions Volunteer Blind Industries

Lions Volunteer Blind Industries and its rehabilitation center, Opportunity East, provide employment and training opportunities for hundreds of blind Tennesseans annually. LVBI maintains two manufacturing sites, Morristown and Johnson City, where blind workers earn competitive wages and make quality products for sale to commercial, state, and federal markets. The rehabilitation center in Morristown helps visually and physically handicapped adults gain independence through specialized training. A dormitory is available for trainees. These services are free to eligible clients.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic- Learning Ally

The Tennessee Unit of Recording for the Blind in Oak Ridge, the only RFB studio in Tennessee, is part of a national network of 30 recording studios with headquarters in Princeton, NJ. Recording is done upon request from students and professionals, and the cassettes are free, on loan to registered visually and otherwise print-handicapped borrowers. The RFB master tape library in Princeton contains over 79,000 completed books on a
wide variety of subjects. Last year more than 700 Tennesseans received over 4,700 books or other material from RFB.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The Juvenile Diabetes Association brings awareness of Juvenile diabetes early detection and treatment.

We also support these other service projects and organizations:

Operation KidSight / Tennessee Lions Eye Center

The Lions of Tennessee, Multiple District 12 have teamed up with the Department of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, committed to a goal of providing quality eye care for children statewide.

Lions Clubs across the state committed to raising over $4 million for an effort named “Operation KidSight”.  This project created the Tennessee Lions Eye Center (TLEC) at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, a pediatric ophthalmology center.  The staff consists of pediatric ophthalmologists and others specially trained to provide quality eye care to infants and children.

From the beginning, an important part of this unique partnership has been the Tennessee Lions Eye Center Outreach Program, the “clinic without walls”, a program of free screening of young children in their own neighborhoods, with evaluation and follow-up by professionals at TLEC.

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical provides medical care through mobile clinic events in underserved, isolated, or impoverished communities. Most clinics provide general medical, dental, vision, preventive care, and education unless otherwise indicated such as veterinarian services.
Internationally, RAM® reaches deep into the isolated and impoverished areas of the world.

InterFaith Clinic

InterFaith Health Clinic is a not-for-profit health care ministry that serves the low-income, working uninsured and underserved.

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.


• TO ORGANIZE, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
• TO COORDINATE the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
• TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
• TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.
• TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
• TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
• TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided,
   however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
• TO ENCOURAGE service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial
  reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce,
  industry, professions, public works and private endeavors

Lions District 12-N Charities, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and a Registered Tennessee Charities Organization