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Published 3/22/2005

Owens Environmental Club and Bowling Green Evening Lions Club Collaborate on Eyeglass Collection Drive, Mar. 28 - Apr. 4

Owens Community College's Environmental Club and the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club are reaching out to individuals throughout the world by initiating a weeklong "Lions Recycle For Sight" eyeglass collection program, benefiting those in desperate need of improved vision.

Beginning on March 28, the Owens Environmental Club will be accepting donations of various eyeglasses for children and adults. Among the eyeglasses that can be donated are weak and strong prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses during the collection period.

"Owens Community College's Environmental Club sees the eyeglass collection as a great opportunity to improve the vision in people's lives throughout the world," said John Byers, Owens Part-Time Receptionist/Secretary for Arts and Sciences, and Environmental Club Advisor. "We're honored to assist individuals by helping them enjoy daily activities such as reading a book or watching a sunset."

Owens has set up a variety of collection points around the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Area residents can drop off their charitable donations on the Toledo-area Campus at Administration Hall, the Student Health and Activities Center, Alumni Hall, the Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building, the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center, the Transportation Technologies Center, College Hall, the Audio/Visual Classroom Center, the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, the Child Care Center, the Center for Development and Training, and Health Technologies Hall. On the Findlay-area Campus, collection points are in the College's Atrium.

The "Lions Recycle For Life" drive will conclude on April 4 when the collected eyeglasses will be donated to the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club. The donation ceremony will occur in College Hall on the Toledo-area Campus at 4 p.m. The glasses will then be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution to developing countries by Lions clubs and other community groups.

According to Darla Lewis, Owens Secretary for Human Resources and Vice President of the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club, the World Health Organization estimates that the eyesight of approximately 25 percent of the world's population could be improved with corrective lenses. "Participation in 'Lions Recycle For Sight' eyeglass collection drive will help make eye care possible for those who might not otherwise receive the help they need to make a better life for themselves," she stated.

The Owens Environmental Club is comprised of active students who are dedicated to addressing a multitude of environmental issues on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The student organization has successfully implemented numerous recycling programs, while bringing more awareness to environmental concerns. Within the community, the Owens Environmental Club regularly helps in community clean-ups and preserve restorations, participates in charity events, and supports various environmental causes with a yearly Human-I-Tees fundraiser.

The Bowling Green Evening Lions Club was chartered in 1954 and has been a very visible, active community group ever since. In addition to local work, the organization shares resources with both state and international Lions programs. Among the programs supported by the club are the Wood County Parks, Habitat for Humanity, Christmas Food Baskets for the Needy, and the Lions Sight and Hearing Project. Additionally, the local organization is affiliated with the International Association of Lions Club, which is one of the largest clubs in the world. Over 46,000 clubs are represented with a membership exceeding 1.4 million individuals in over 193 countries.

For more information about the "Lions Recycle For Sight" drive, call (567) 661-7292 or 1- 800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7292.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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