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Lions Clubs

A Lions Club is a group of community-minded people who serve their communities and pool their resources with other clubs to implement a variety of service programs for those in need. Lions conduct screening programs for people of all ages to detect visual and hearing problems and diabetes. There are over 600 Lions Clubs located in the state of Minnesota. Look in your local phone book or call your local Chamber of Commerce to find the Lions Club in your neighborhood.

The Lions will provide a free Leader Dog and training to any legally blind individual who qualifies for the program. Contact Curtis Norenberg at 651/631-2705; e-mail at

The Lions will provide a free Hearing or Service Dog to deaf or hard of hearing and physically disabled individuals who qualify for the program. Contact Ed Nelson at 763/784-0032.

Lions Clubs will provide eye examinations and eyeglasses to those with a financial hardship. Contact your local Lions Club or local elementary school nurse.

In Ramsey, Washington and Dakota Counties the Lions have a Diabetes Aid Program. The program assists recently diagnosed diabetic individuals who lack health insurance and the financial means for diabetes stage training, diabetes testing equipment, supplies and insulin. The program offers assistance for a maximum 90-day period or until the applicant qualifies for another program.

Ages Served:
All ages

Types of disabilities served:

Area of Minnesota served:

Eligibility criteria:

Funding Assistance:

  • Purchase Device

Services Funded:

  • Training

Device Funded:

  • Hearing
  • Vision

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For listing updates contact:

STAR Program
358 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-201-2640 or toll free 888-234-1267(voice)
MN Relay: 711 or 800-627-3529
Fax: 651-282-6671

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