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Published 4/15/2005

Owens Environmental Club and Bowling Green Evening Lions Club Collect Over 500 Eyeglasses to Benefit Developing Countries

Owens students' (L to R) Jennifer York of Rossford and Carmelo Melendez of Ashtabula sift through the hundreds of eyeglasses before presenting them to the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club.Owens Community College's Environmental Club and the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club are making eye care possible for hundreds of individuals throughout the world by recently holding an eyeglass collection program, benefiting those in desperate need of improved vision.

Within the span of a week, the two organizations collected over 500 eyeglasses for children and adults. Among the eyeglasses donated by area residents and the College's faculty, staff and students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses were weak and strong prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses.

"It feels great to help those who are in need," said Becci Wilhelm of Haskins, Owens Environmental Club President and a social work concentration major. "The eyeglasses collected will make eye care possible for those less fortunate to enjoy the simple joys in life such as reading a book or watching a sunset."

Owens' more than 500 charitable items were recently donated to the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club for the purpose of having the glasses cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution. In the coming weeks, the various glasses will be delivered to individuals within developing countries by Lions clubs and other community groups.

"The charitable contributions made to the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club by Owens Community College's Environmental Club will afford hundreds of people throughout the world with the ability to read and learn," said Patricia Goulding, District Governor of District 13A International Lions Club. "This donation is wonderful. I am very thankful to Owens' students and their desire in wanting to make a difference."

Becci Wilhelm of Haskins, Owens Environmental Club President, Patricia Goulding, District Governor of District 13A International Lions Club, and Dr. Paul Unger, Owens Provost, pose for a photo following the presentation of the eyeglasses to the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club. 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.

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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