The following foundations are supported by District 5M7


The following are district sponsored projects and initiatives, such as:

Lions Clubs International Foundation


Millions of people around the world have benefitted through more than 13,000 foundation grants, which have totaled more than $1 Billion. That number continues to grow in part from gifts form foundations, corporations, governments and non-Lions. However, the vast majority of LCIF's funding comes through the generous donations from Lions Clubs and individual members.

Our District Chairpersons are PDG Judy Herrala and IPDG Mark Landwehr.

To learn more, please see the LCIF web site.


Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation


The Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation has been working to help the blind and visually impared since 1960. Through the support of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, their collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Department of Ophthamology, and their work collecting used eyeglasses, the Foundation helps countless people every day.

Our District Chairpersons are PDG Terry Wold and PDG Steve Linder.

To learn more, please see the MN Lions Vision Foundation web site.


Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation


The Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation is founded by the Lions Clubs of Minnesota and their dedicated volunteer members who are strongly committed to improving the lives of people with diabetes by raising funds and collaborating with partners to do diabetes research, diabetes education, and sponsor preventative health activities that provide a caring and valued community service while helping to find a cure for diabetes.

Our District Chairpersons are Lion Mike Edwards and Lion Judy Herrala ..

To learn more, please see the MN Lions Diabetes Foundation web site.


Multple District 5M KidSight Foundation


The Multiple District 5M KidSight Foundation is part of a nationwide program to safeguard the vision of children aged 6 months to 6 years. Our mission is to ensure eye screening and follow-up care is given to all kids because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly.

Our District Chairpersons are Lion Mary Curtis, and  Lion Debra Johnson.

To learn more, please see the MD5M Lions KidSight Foundation web site.


Lions Multiple District 5M Hearing Foundation


The Multiple District 5M Hearing Foundation was founded in 1973 to promote to the fullest extent the advance of research and programs concerned with hearing health and communication disorders. Further, it was founded to provide assistance in organization and administration of these activities throughout the Lions Multiple District 5M which encompasses Minnesota, Manitoba and Western Ontario.

Our District Chairperson is Lion Mike Benedetto

To learn more, please see the MD5M Hearing Foundation web site.

MN Lions Childhood Cancer Foundation


The MN Lions Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded on January 8, 2019 and became a 501(c)3 charitable organization on June 29, 2020.  This foundation is a charity of the Lions Clubs of Minnesota to support efforts to end childhood cancer.

Our district chairperson is IPDG Mark Landwehr

To learn more, please see the MN Lions Childhood Cancer Foundation website.

MN Lions Missions, Inc.


The Minnesota Lions Missions organization provides hands on service projects to people less fortunate.  Minnesota Lions Missions, Inc. primarily provides eyeglass missions to Guatemala when it is safe to do so.

Our District Chairperson is PDG Jim Mulroy.

To learn more, please see the Minnesota Lions Missions, Inc. facebook page.

Can Do Canines


The 5M7 Lions Clubs are involved with the Can Do Canines organization by providing helping hands, training dogs, and fundraising.  Check Can Do Canines website for volunteer opportunities.

This is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are a lawful purpose donation.

Our District Chairperson is Lion Kathy McMillan.




Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 students attend the 26-day residential training program to be paired with a guide dog. Lions Clubs International provide helping hands and fundraising for this very worthy organization. Check Leaderdogs for the Blind website for additional information.

This is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are a lawful purpose donation.

Our District Chairperson position is currently vacant.


Project New Hope


Project New Hope provides combat veterans and their families with the education, training, and skills necessary to manage their lives after wartime service; repair of relationships is a primary goal and, of course, have fun in the process. There is no cost to participants or families on the retreat. Check Project New Hope website for more information and a brochure.

This is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are a lawful purpose donation.

Our District Chairpersons are Lion Cindy Hagen and Lion Kevin Beadles.


True Friends


True Friends offers unique opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy resident camp, respite care and supervised travel. At True Friends, everybody fits in! Check True Friends website for more information about their camps: Camp Friendship, Camp Courage, Camp Courage North and Camp New Hope.

This is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are a lawful purpose donation.

Our District Chairperson is Lion Theresa Goff.


Eye Glass Drop Sites


Drop off your used eyeglasses here


  • Coborn's Pharmacy
  • Don's Auto


  • City Hall
  • Andover Optical (Riverdale Ctr)
  • Andover Opitimetric Clinic
  • Coop's Keys
  • Kottke Bus


  • AMS Employee Benefit Specialists (Buffalo)
  • Annandale Eye Clinic
  • Bergesch Computer Services
  • Oak Realty
  • Miller's Jewelry Store


  • Anoka American Legion
  • Anoka City Hall
  • Anoka County Government Center
  • Bridge Square Optical
  • Gearhart Funeral Home
  • Marsh Optical
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Thurston Funeral Home
  • Twin City Federal Bank

Big Lake

  • Coborn's
  • Hometown Eye Care


  • Blainbrook Entertainment Center
  • Blaine Eye Clinic
  • Westwood Middle School
  • Blaine Senior Center
  • St Tim's Catholic Church
  • Wal-Mart
  • Christ Lutheran Church


  • Klein Bank (Downtown)
  • First Minnesota Bank (Hwy 55)
  • Buffalo Wine & Spirits (Hwy 55 E)
  • Buffalo Wine & Spirits (Downtown)
  • Cenex Service Center
  • Cub Foods Hwy 55 E
  • Community Center Hwy 25


  • Gibbons Eye Clinic
  • Cambridge Medical Center Eye Clinic
  • Herman's Bakery
  • Shalom Shop

Circle Pines

  • Anoka County Credit Union
  • Centennial Schools  (Blue Herron)
  • Centennial Bank
  • Festival Foods  Northway
  • St. Marks Church
  • Centennial Fire Station 2, 7741 Lake Drive, Lino Lake

Columbia Heights

  • Tasty Pizza
  • Deputy Registrar (Anoka County)
  • IPC Printing

Coon Rapids

  • Bennigan's
  • Classic Bowl
  • Coon Rapids City Hall
  • Coon Rapids VFW
  • Costco
  • Cub Foods (Northdale)
  • Cub Foods (Riverdale)
  • Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA
  • Goodwill
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Pearle Vision (Riverdale)
  • Potbelly Sandwiches
  • Select Eyecare
  • Wal-Mart (Riverdale)
  • Walgreens

Elk River

  • Coborn's Pharmacy
  • Elk River Star News
  • Evans Park Senior High Rise
  • Local Eye Glass Clinics

Forest Lake

  • Associated Eye Lake Shoppes
  • Northeast Eye Care (Hugo)
  • Wal Mart
  • Main Street Bank
  • Dr Keven Bahr
  • St Peter's Catholic Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • CarX


  • Eye Care Center
  • Dr Norm Reznecow's Office
  • Fridley Community Center
  • Wal-Mart
  • Fridley Plaza Ophthalmology
  • Fridley Optical


  • City Hall
  • Howard Lake
  • American Legion

 Lino Lakes

  • City Hall
  • US Bank Lake Drive Office
  • Lino Lakes Bank
  • St Joseph Catholic Church
  • American Legion
  • Centennail Station 2, 7741 Lake Drive, Lino


  • Pine River State Bank
  • Nowthen City Hall


  • Bright Eyes Vision Clinic
  • Coborns
  • Guardian angels Senior Living
  • Prairie Center (Old City Hall)
  • Target Vision Clinic


  • Coborn's Pharmacy
  • M & L Liquors
  • City Hall
  • Northwest Airlines Maintenance MSP Airport


  • North American Center
  • Bankwest, Rockford Office
  • Rockford Public Library


  • Presbyterian Home

Rush City

  • Rush City Clinic
  • Senior Center
  • Main Street Market

St Michael

  • Franfort Township Hall
  • Dehmer's Meat Market

Spring Lake Park

  • SLP City Hall
  • Kraus Hartig VFW
  • Spring Lake Park High School
  • Northtown Shopping Center  PearleVision
  • TCF Bank Highway 10
  • Spring Lake Park City Hall

Taylors Falls

  • Silver Shears Salon (Center City)
  • 1st Lutheran Church
  • Methodist Church
  • Chisago House Restaurant


  • Zimmeman City Hall
  • Mary's Magic Mirror
  • Fairview Northland Clinics


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