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LCI Convention Service Projects

LCI Convention Service Projects

Add deeper meaning to your convention experience by serving with Lions and Leos from around the world in the place Lions Clubs International began. LCI Convention Service Projects are large scale, hands-on volunteer opportunities available for Lions and Leos to participate in while attending convention. A variety of projects are offered at McCormick Place and around Chicago throughout convention. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The US$25 non-refundable registration fee includes transportation, a commemorative t-shirt, and refreshments.

Project timing is subject to change. Additional details on where and when to meet including transportation to and from the project site, will be provided in early June 2017. Please be sure to take this into consideration as you plan your schedule during convention.

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Beach Clean-Up

Step out of McCormick Place and onto the beaches of Lake Michigan - one of the Great Lakes that make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth. Join fellow Lions and Leos as we clean up debris along Chicago's city beaches to help improve water quality and environmental safety for both swimmers and native wildlife.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Physical Activity: Moderate (standing, walking, bending)
  • Minimum age: 8

Food Bank

1 in 7 people experience food insecurity in the Chicagoland area. Be a part of the solution by packing and sorting food for distribution to those in need.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Physical Activity: Light (standing, reaching, light lifting)
  • Minimum Age: 14

Gardening At Chicago Farmworks Urban Farm

Get your hands dirty, have fun, and learn more about urban agriculture on a 2.6 acre urban farm. For many low income communities, good jobs and healthy food are in short supply. Join fellow Lions and Leos as we support the farm's mission to grow and distribute produce to those in need and employ Chicagoans with farm related jobs.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Physical Activity: Heavy (bending, walking, digging)
  • Minimum age: 12

Friends of the Chicago River Clean-Up

Join fellow Lions and Leos as we work along river banks to remove invasive vegetation, plant native species, remove litter and sort recyclables. Friends of the Chicago River supports the 156 mile Chicago River system and its surrounding watershed by working to promote a healthy wildlife habitat and an accessible river that people can use and enjoy.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Physical Activity: Heavy (bending, walking, digging)
  • Minimum age: 8

Hygiene Kit Assembly

Keeping clean is an important part of being healthy and retaining dignity while facing homelessness. Join fellow Lions and Leos as we assemble toiletry kits for Chicago's most vulnerable citizens.

  • Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Physical Activity: Light
  • Minimum age: 8

*Sold Out* Blessings in a Backpack *Sold Out*

3 out of 5 teachers report they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry. Lend a hand and pack bags of nutritious weekend meals for Chicago elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.

  • Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Physical Activity: Light
  • Minimum age: 8

Don’t forget to pack your socks!

Lions Clubs International is collecting NEW adult white socks to be donated to Chicago area charities. From environmental to health reasons, socks serve as a vital resource for those facing homelessness. Please join Lions by including NEW adult white socks in your suitcase. A collection bin will be available in the exhibit hall at McCormick Place.

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