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"Tillie" (not her real name) is 94, has been widowed for 30 years and has macular degeneration. Our staff has worked with her off and on for the past three years. Tillie was living with a roommate in Brentwood until the roommate passed away several months ago. Grieving, lonely and unable to manage living on her own, Tillie called us for a referral to a retirement community.
Our staff helped her find a new place to live and worked with her for several weeks to orient her to her new surroundings. Now Tillie can navigate around her own apartment, find her way to the dining room for meals and is taking advantage of free transportation to medical appointments, to shop and even to eat out in restaurants with the new friends she’s made.
Tillie is looking forward to 95!

The Lions Center for the Visually Impaired depends on support from the community to provide its full range of services to people who are blind and visually impaired in our service area – people like Tillie in the story on this page. (For more client stories, click here.)

The Center is fortunate to receive substantial federal funding through Title VII Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind as well as local block grants and grants from private foundations and corporations.  (Click here to see our list of grant funders.)  Still, that funding never covers the full cost of the services we provide.  As the population ages, as demands for our services grow and as government funding shrinks, we must rely more and more on the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the community who see the growing need and respond generously with open hands and open hearts.  Your support can make a BIG difference in the lives of our clients.  Here’s how to help.


Make a one-time cash donation of any amount. Here are some examples of what your gift can accomplish:

  • It costs us $350 to provide orientation and mobility training in a client’s home to help them learn to move about their home and travel safely in their community.
  • $160 will cover six months of transportation for a client to attend our classes and support groups.
  • $100 will pay for an in-home visit and assessment including a home safety consultation and instruction in adaptive aids.
  • $75 will pay for supplies for one of our free vision screening events.
  • A gift of $50 will cover one talking clock, one white cane and a pad of raised line writing paper.
  • You can make your gift in honor of or in memory of someone and we will send a card announcing your gift.  (We won’t share the amount of your gift and we don’t have to share your address if you prefer.)

    Click below to make your gift online via our secure site.  Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive an acknowledgment that can be used for tax purposes.

    Make a one-time donation to LCVI.

    Or mail your check or money order to us at:

    Lions Center for the Visually Impaired
    175 Alvarado Avenue
    Pittsburg, CA 94565

    Become a member of our monthly giving circle. A recurring donation of an amount you specify (minimum of $20) will be charged to your credit card.  You may cancel at any time.  Click below to set up your monthly contribution.

    Make a monthly, recurring donation to LCVI!

    Monthly amount:

    Workplace Giving
    : If your employer participates in United Way, the Combined Federal Campaign or other workplace giving campaigns, simply use the “donor option” feature to designate your gift for our Center.

    Other gift options: To donate a vehicle or for gifts of stock, bonds, real estate or other property, please call our Executive Director Ed Schroth at 925-432-3013.

    Make a bequest to the Center by naming us as a beneficiary of your will, trust, death benefit or other estate planning.  For more information or to get a referral to an appropriate legal professional to set up your planned gift, please call our Executive Director Ed Schroth at 925-432-3013.


    Whether it’s planning a holiday party at the Center for our clients, sponsoring a screening event in your community, escorting a client on one of our outings or lending a hand at one of our work days to spiff up the Center, we can use your talents!  Call Shirley Schroth at 925-432-3013 to find out more.