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Lions Clubs Pledge $9 Million for Habitat Houses

Americus, Ga. - Oct. 25, 1999 - The Lions Clubs International Foundation will provide up to $3 million dollars per year for the next three years to build Habitat for Humanity houses with visually impaired and otherwise disabled people.

The Foundation is donating the funds under its “Core Four” grants program, which funds Lions programs for preserving eyesight, combating disability, promoting health and serving youth. Since Helen Keller addressed a Lions convention in 1925, Lions have emphasized serving those who are visually impaired or who have other physical or mental disabilities.

“This grant from Lions Clubs International makes the Lions one of Habitat for Humanity’s important partners,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Because of the Lions’ generosity thousands of people in need will soon have decent, affordable shelter.”

Through a pilot program, launched at Habitat’s 1999 Jimmy Carter Work Project in the Philippines, Lions Clubs International Foundation has already sponsored 19 Habitat houses. Local Lions Clubs and individual club members have long volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, raised funds and served on local boards of Habitat affiliates.

Lions Club leadership is also encouraging the clubs’ 1.4 million members to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit worldwide, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 85,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 425,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world.