LVS can tap into a statewide network of over 120 local Lions Clubs across South Carolina who provide regular opportunities for volunteer support in their communities. We can also connect you with leaders in those Lions Clubs if you are interested in joining the 3,000+ Members of these Clubs on a regular basis through their monthly meetings.
Additional office-support volunteer opportunities are available at our headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. Office support equips our staff to spend more time on providing direct services to low-income families throughout the state.
Some LVS clients live alone and are unable to drive due to deteriorating vision. Other clients are uncomfortable asking for help from family and friends and have foregone crucial doctor appointments due to living in remote areas or not having access to safe public transportation. When these situations arise, LVS harnesses a statewide network of more than 3,000 Lions Club members across the state who volunteer their time and services to help transport clients to healthcare appointments aligned with our services.
If you are interested in joining this volunteer group, please contact Winn Fitzgerald for more information at Winn@sightfirst.org or (803) 796-1304.
The most significant collaboration LVS maintains is our statewide Provider Network for eye surgeries. This network represents physicians (ophthalmologists), surgery centers, and anesthesiologists who have contractually agreed to provide a discounted rate on their services, allowing LVS to reduce the cost to our organization in providing eye surgery services with these partners. The value of these in-kind services allows LVS to leverage every $1 donated into an additional $4 in services provided.
Members of the LVS Provider Network include over 80 entities spanning 24 counties in South Carolina, 1 county in Georgia, and 3 counties in North Carolina. Some noteworthy names in this network include Aiken Ophthalmology, AnMed Health, Beaufort Eye Clinic, Clemson Eye, Coastal Eye Group, Columbia Eye Clinic, Kershaw Health, McLeod Health, MUSC, Palmetto Anesthesia Associates, Prisma Health, Stokes Regional Eye Centers, and Trident.
If you are an ophthalmologist or anesthesiologist, or represent a surgery center or group of eye care providers, and would like to learn how you can join this distinguished network of volunteers, please contact Winn Fitzgerald at Winn@sightfirst.org.