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Between November 1 and December 3, the Del Sol Lions is collecting cash donations to purchase new bicycles for deserving local kids who could otherwise not afford them. Each bike is personally assembled and fits each child. Recipients also receive helmets, safety lights, a bicycle pump, and a bi-lingual brochure on Bicycle Safety and the Rules of the Road.
BLANKET DRIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Community Resource Center Holiday Basket Program is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Helping local families in our community receive the gift of warmth over the holidays and throughout the holidays.
You can drop off NEW KING OR QUEEN SIZED BLANKETS at 977 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach Family Optometry (Behind & upstairs from Home Goods) or you can donate and we will do the shopping
BLIND STOKER CYCLE FOR SIGHT
The Blind Stokers is another wonderful community group we support every year under our Vision interest area. They provide visually impaired people with a cycling experience via tandem bicycles. The front person is a sighted "Captain" and the back person is the stoker/engine. They operate year-round, but we support them in March when they kick off the Cycling for Sight, training period with a shopping spree for necessary bike clothing/helmets for the stokers and then again in the summer when they make the 3-day fundraising ride.
HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR FAMILIES
When Covid hit, we began participating in a program to provide holiday gifts to underserved local families who could not otherwise afford them. Though the Covid situation has improved, many families are still facing financial hardship due to higher prices on gas, food, etc. This year we are sponsoring ten families to shop for, wrap and deliver gifts to every family member.
STUDENT EYE GLASS PROGRAM
Students are referred by local elementary through high schools who fail the school screening and do not have vision insurance, and can't afford to pay for an exam and glasses. perform a complimentary and comprehensive eye exam. I
Our Lions Club pays the cost of the frame and lenses. We have also allocated some funds towards contact lenses for certain circumstances…per Dr. Salgado's discretion
MEXICAN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL GUIDANCE ASSOCIATION
The Mexican American Educational Guidance Association is a local, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping Mexican Americans and other Latinos attain education beyond high school by awarding scholarships to qualifying seniors in the San Dieguito Union High School District. MAEGA Scholarships can be used at universities, community colleges, and/or accredited technical/vocational schools. If funds allow, recipients may apply to renew their MAEGA Scholarships for their second year in college. .
GATOR BY THE BAY
Gator By the Bay is an annual FUNDRAISER for Del Sol Lions Club. Our volunteers staff the beverage tent at the Fountain Stage and 100% of the tips we receive go back into the local community.
Gator by the Bay is the largest and most-authentic Louisiana-themed Mardi Gras music and food festival this side of the bayou. With everything from A to Zydeco, this 4-day, family-friendly celebration takes place on San Diego Bay, featuring 100+ live musical acts & performances on seven stages, wooden dance floors, shade, green grass, and plenty of fun for the kids. Come for the music, stay for the food.
NEXT STEP DOGS
The Del Sol Lions worked with the County to secure a $40,000 grant to support the Dog Training Academy for Veterans (DTAV) at Next Step Service Dogs.
NSSD's mission is to provide service dogs for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) as well as a path to employment. Pictured L to R: Gina Esoldi, Training Director at NSSD, David Cain, Del Sol Lions President, Chuck Dumbrell, Del Sol Lions Board Director, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Training Consultant for DTAV, Robin Kemp, Del Sol Lions Board Director, John Page, Del Sol Lions Treasurer, and Larry, service dog in training.
FIESTA DEL SOL
Fiesta del Sol is an annual FUNDRAISER for the Del Sol Lions. Our volunteers staff the Wine Garden in front of the Main Stage and 100% of the tips we receive go back into the local community. Come visit us May 20-21 and support our Foundation!
Fiesta del Sol rocks Solana Beach with a diverse range of continuous live music. The lineup is rich with rock, reggae, soul, funk, jazz, blues, Latin and worldbeat, to name a few. Fiesta also showcases an eclectic array of arts and crafts exhibits and several gourmet food trucks and booths offering one-of-a-kind meals, sweets, coffee and more.
Team Chase connects those with a physical disability; with others who can help them achieve their dreams; with those who inspire them to dream; or simply with those who allow them to be a part of something they never thought possible
Team Chase welcomes people with a physical disability into the Team Chase family and shows them that disability does not prevent you from achieving the unimaginable
Team Chase helps Challenged Athletes reach their goals and inspire others in the process
Team Chase demonstrates that life is for living and adventure awaits just around every corner!
Wounded Warrior Homes
Wounded Warrior Homes help homeless veterans get off the street and rehabilitate into a healthy lifestyle. Through our food pantry, counseling, partnership with Animeals, and rehabilitative services, we help more than 500 veterans annually.
Wounded Warrior Homes, Inc., is a San Marcos, California based 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide transitional housing and re-integrative services to post-9/11 veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).