The Galena Lions Club uses funds raised by this ride to help others in need. Most of the Club’s funds are used to support the following:
Students who are permanent residents of Kent County Maryland and who are attending Washington College in Chestertown, Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD or elsewhere compete for annual scholarships awarded by the Galena Lions Club. Typically, two or three awards are made each academic year.
Galena Volunteer Fire Company
Little needs to be said about the importance of maintaining a high quality Fire Company to provide emergency services for the community. The Galena Volunteer Fire Company is there to help citizens and the Lions Club provides financial suppport to the company.
Kent County Christmas Basket
A major holiday activity for the Lions of Kent County Maryland is the distribution of both food for needy families and gifts for their children. Funds are donated by each Lions Club in the County and by many other members of organizations and schools throughout the area. People in need are identified by the Kent County Department of Social Services, school officials and local churches.
Food and gifts are gathered in early December of each year at the Kent County Community Center in Worton, MD. Lions and others prepare the boxes containing donated goods and foods purchased from a food bank. Then in one day as many as 600 boxes are distributed by Lions Club members, Volunteer Fire company members and others. This is truly a service to people in need in our County
The LeaderDog Foundation receives annual contributions for the training of dogs to help the visually disabled. This program is supported by the Lions Clubs International but much of the funding comes from local Lions Clubs such as the one in Galena MD.
Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical School
Local Community Needs
The Galena Lions Club stands prepared to help people of our community who encounter situations calling for assistance beyond what those individuals may be able to afford in time of need.
People in need of eye examinations, treatment and glasses are assisted on an as need basis.
The Club maintains and also distributes a wide selection of home care hospital equipment such as beds, wheel chairs and walkers. The equipment is available because residents have donated it to the Lions Club.