San Manuel-Oracle Lions 2 18 2009
Only a blind man could fail to see what the Lions Club has done for the poor, and, in many cases, the blind man would know because of the direct help they have continually given to the disadvantaged members of society throughout America. In fact, in North Phoenix, a blind woman and her husband have been helped by the North Phoenix Lions Club Foundation partnering with Habit For Humanity to provide them a home. This same Lions Club is involved with providing support for Camp Taityee, a retreat for children with disabilities, as well as the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Lion’s Vision Center. In this, they are joined by our own Lions, right there in the Tri-Community area.
Yes, there is nothing wrong with the vision of Lion’s Club members and volunteers, who work until their eyes are crossed with exhaustion, to see that vision through: an America, where everyone has enough food, decent medical care, a good roof over their head, and all the children have a reason to smile.
That goes for all Lions Club organizations from Alaska, where the Anchorage Lions Club runs the Covenant House, to keep run-aways safe from predators and off the street, and joins with other Lions Clubs in Alaska to run the Food Bank of Alaska – all the way to Maine, where the Freeport Lions Club holds fund-raisers, such as The Pampered Chef, in an effort to raise money to help support the needs of those with vision problems.
Of course, we all know that includes the Tri-Community area, because they are always out and about, serving up benefit breakfasts, sponsoring turkey shoots, collecting food for the poor, and I know I have seen a good many people who’ll be reading this article at the Eye Unit!
If those are not enough reasons to give, as good as we as a community get, from the Lions Club, then, how about this?:
The San Manuel Lions Club is a non-profit charitable organization. Arizona law (ARS 43-1088) provides a tax credit for cash contributions made to charities that provide help to the working poor. The maximum amount of this credit for a married couple filing a joint return is $400 for 2008 and $200 for a single individual or a head of household. If the allowable tax credit is more than your tax or if you have no tax, you may carry the unused credit forward for the next 5 years.
The credit is available to individuals only. To be eligible for this credit, you must have itemized deductions and deducted charitable contribution on a prior year’s Arizona return (1996 or later) at least once. This is a dollar for dollar tax credit and a chance to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children by directing your tax dollars to this
Your Local Lions are in the midst of a fund-raising campaign, Camper Sponsorship for Lions Camp Taityee. It costs them $800 for a camper to attend this camp for one week and, as you know, there are many youngsters who won’t get a chance to learn and grow in such an environment, without a little help from many, or a lot of help from one.
The Camp boasts a host of amenities, including four cabins, two for men and two for women; each containing a large bathroom with multiple showers and restrooms, and a staff section attached, to ensure safety and good interaction. There is a large kitchen to serve up to 72 campers plus staff, and a large dining room which is used both for meals and programs. A staff lounge is also used for programs.
For campers with social or problematic issues, they are not sent home as they might be from other camps, but, are treated to the Graham Enrichment Center with its unique brand of therapy. We have a workshop for the resident managers, along with a house for them as well. A giant recreation hall with a soon to be fully functional stage and an outdoor, non-denominational chapel; two houses, one for cooks and one for administration; an entire infirmary with a full-time nursing staff are also in play.
Speaking of play, there are playgrounds, camp fires, ball-fields, a mud-pit and a nature trail which leads to Rosie’s Pond stocked with fish. Last, but not least, a large swimming pool which is heated, indoor and completely handicap accessible. Sounds wonderful, huh? Well, Camp Taityee, operated by the Lions Club of Arizona, Multiple District 21, is certified for rentals and taking reservations. They operate on a first come, first serve basis. Camper applications go on-line each year on the 2nd of January. After the camp roster is filled up, other applications are put on a list to be notified if space becomes available.
The Lions Club is asking for sponsors to donate $650 to this charitable endeavor, to help sponsor a child for one week. The more you can do the more they can do for this community. If you can’t donate that much, well, they will appreciate what you can give, and so will the child whose face you are about to put a smile on.
This should be a “From this, to this” thing, as I did research for this and write most of it; but, I definitely started with a wee little base article. I just don’t know where it is!