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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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Urban Gardening at the Gary Comer Youth Center

Work side by side with Lions and Leos while learning more about urban agriculture on this 1.75 acre student farm and rooftop garden. From exploring agriculture careers to selling produce to Chicago chefs, these gardens have a nutritional, educational, and economical impact on surrounding neighborhoods that lack fresh produce hubs. CHICAGO AREA LIONS & LEOS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER!

  • Date: Friday, June 30th, 2017
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Physical Activity: Heavy (bending, walking, weeding)
  • Minimum age: 10

Burnham Nature Sanctuary

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Join Lions and Leos along the 11 acre Burnham Nature Sanctuary to assist with upkeep of trail maintenance, mulching, and weeding. The sanctuary is an important link along Lake Michigan that provides a habitat for migratory birds as well as a safe, outdoor exploration space for children of all ages.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Physical Activity: Heavy (standing, bending, weeding)
  • Minimum age: 12

Gardening at Breakthrough

Use your green thumb to help those in need! Lions and Leos will clean up garden beds and help grow food for Breakthrough shelters and community members who lack access to fresh produce. Gardening volunteers will also have the opportunity to eat lunch with those being served a meal.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Physical Activity: Heavy
  • Minimum age: 12

Housing Beautification with Heartland Alliance

A place to call home is one of the most essential ingredients to changing a life and achieving stability. From painting to landscaping, Lions and Leos will work side by side with Heartland Alliance residents to beautify living conditions for those who have struggled with homelessness.

  • Date: Friday, June 30th, 2017
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Physical Activity: Heavy (standing, bending, painting, gardening)
  • Minimum age: 12

*Sold Out* Gardening At Chicago Farmworks Urban Farm *Sold Out*

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

*Sold Out* Meal Service for the Homeless *Sold Out*

Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. Join Lions and Leos in the kitchen to cook and serve with a purpose! Volunteers will also have the opportunity to eat lunch with those they are serving.

  • Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Physical Activity: Light
  • Minimum age: 12

*Sold Out* Hygiene Kit Assembly *Sold Out*

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* Food Bank *Sold Out*

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

*Sold Out* Friends of the Chicago River Clean-Up *Sold Out*

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

*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

*Sold Out* Beach Clean-Up *Sold Out*

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

*Sold Out* Rise Against Hunger *Sold Out*

Malnutrition in all its forms – from wasting to obesity – directly affects one in three people worldwide. Join Lion and Leo friends to pack nutrient rich, dehydrated meals that will primarily support school meal programs in developing countries.

  • Date: Monday, July 3, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Physical Activity: Light
  • Minimum age: 12

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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