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Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey - provides funds that enable blind New Jersey athletes to compete in national and international "Blind Olympiads." Funds are used tc provide training facilities, transportation and other expenses involved in preparing for or participating in the games. Proven athletes help with the training of a new generation of blind athletes. http://www.njblindsports.org/

Challenged Children's Charity Corporation- Blind and visually impaired children have been enjoying an all expense paid one week summer vacation at the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children since 1972. For eight weeks each summer, between mid June and mid August, the Home operates a camp that offers many of the campers their first experience of feeling sand in their toes or tasting salt water on their lips. The campers range in age from seven years in age to fifteen years in age and the Home can accommodate twenty campers each week. http://www.dillerblindhome.com

Eversight New Jersey (LEBNJ) - Dedicated to the restoration of sight through recovery, evaluation and distribution of corneal tissue for transplantation; research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; public and professional education programs that support eye, organ, and tissue donation; and eye banking services offered at no charge when patients are unable to afford transplant procedures. http://www.lionseyebanknj.org/

Eye Institute of New Jersey - The Eye Institute has three primary goals: Service, Research and Education; Service to the community in eye care, Research to apply the most advanced technology to a variety of ocular/visual problems, Education through medical education and a residency program and health care. The Eye Institute provides free examinations for any Lions Club’s referral.

Housing and United Services - offers housing information, advocacy services, multi-media transcription services, and consulting services to people who are blind and disabled.

John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center, Inc. - The Lions Blind Center serves the blind and visually impaired community of Atlantic county and North Cape May County. It helps to empower the blind and visually impaired to set goals and to achieve in an environment where sight loss will not impede progress. The new facility in Absecon helps to open the world of high tech to the blind and visually impaired. It offers computer classes, exercise classes, Braille and peer support. The Center also provides information, referral and advocacy.

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, Inc. - secures eye donors who pledge their eyes at death for corneal transplantation, training, research and medical education. They are committed to enhancing a person's quality of life by restoring or improving vision through corneal transplantation, medical research and education. http://www.lebdv.org/

Lions Eye Research Foundation of New Jersey (LERF) - The aim of the Foundation is to raise money through individual contributions, corporate grants, Club donations and various fundraisers, and to use the money to support eye research, particularly at the Lions eye Research Center which is housed at UMDNJ in Newark, and to help provide necessary equipment used in the service of eye research. Their current focus is to raise money for the Lions Ophthalmology Research Chair at UMDNJ.

New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, Inc. (Camp Happiness) - offers two major programs. The Summer Vacation Program (July and August) is open to men and women over the age of 18. The Day Program is available to residents of Monmouth County area who are legally blind and over the age of 18.

Music Association for the Visually Impaired Student (MAVIS) - MAVIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing musical instruments and specialized music instruction to legally blind persons throughout the State. Students benefit by gaining confidence, greater independence and improved opportunities for socialization and employment. MAVIS receives referrals from the NJ Commission for the Blind and other sources. MAVIS will then provide the student with the instrument of their choice and reimburse the student or family for the instruction received. Due to budgetary constraints, MAVIS has a backlog of people awaiting entry to the program. A favorite component of MAVIS' program is band composed of adults who are former students. The band performs at fundraising events and at various community functions. These performances become a showcase for MAVIS as well as its current and former students. http://www.mavisofnj.org

New Jersey Foundation for the Blind (Diamond Spring Lodge) - provides social, recreational, and educational activities for the blind. Activities promote self-confidence and independence. Instruction provided includes braille, script writing, computer skills, typing, telephone manipulation, and crafts. Diamond Spring Lodge provides year-round services and programs on a daily basis. http://www.njffb.org/index.html

New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. (Camp Marcella) - has been providing the only camping facility in New Jersey designed specifically for visually impaired as well as multiple- handicapped special needs children ages 5-17 for over 60 years.  The campus provides 21 buildings which includes the original Main Lodge -with a handicapped accessible, air conditioned dining hall that easily accommodates  80 people, attached, picnic area complete with covered barbecue pavilion, the Braun Recreation Hall/Auditorium complete with handicapped-accessible stage, a 2 lane bowling alley, game room, the library containing books in  large-print and  Braille as well as several CCTV’s, ball field, basketball court, paved walking and bike trails surrounding  beautiful Mitten Lake, a fully-equipped Nurses’ Quarters to serve the needs of campers and staff and of course-our state- of- the- art, fully handicapped- accessible swimming pool!   Paved walks connect all camp buildings, providing safe access to the entire facility for even the most severely limited campers.  The facility is available off-season for conferences as well as week-end retreats. http://www.campmarcella.org

New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling - collects, cleans, sorts on a lensometer, labels eyeglasses, and ships them all over the world. Website

New Jersey Training School (Jamesburg) - is to rehabilitate court remanded juvenile boys. They encourage the boys to further their education while learning a trade to practice when they have completed their sentences. Lions have provided for onsite optical lab for training purposes.

Saint Joseph’s School for the Blind, Inc.- serves blind, visually impaired, and blind multi-disabled children from infancy to age 21. Their goal is to educate children to the extent of their ability to learn, train them in the activities of daily living, and to provide pre-vocational training. The school provides a ten month program that will foster physical, emotional, intellectual, functional, and effective growth of each student. http://www.sjsnj.org/

South Jersey Eye Center - is a non-profit tax exempt facility which provides comprehensive eye care services. It is also actively involved in continuing education for the profession and eye and vision research. It provides and coordinates vision screening for District 16-C.The Center’s Mobile Vision Unit is available to all Lions Clubs which is located at 612 Benson Street, Camden, NJ. http://www.camdeneye.com/