“Bikes for Kids” Program

A small cadre of Lions Club members have created a “Bikes for Kids” program that solicits used bike donations and then refurbishes them. The adult bikes are sold to raise money to buy new children’s bikes to give to needy families at Christmas. The donated children’s bikes are refurbished and given to school programs on bike safety and distributed throughout the year by the schools to deserving kids.

The Lions have partnered with the Walmart Foundation who have provided annual grants to help buy more bikes for the children at holiday time. Each year the program gives over 50 new bikes and about 25 refurbished children’s bikes to various school programs.

Rick Thomas heads up the Bikes for Kids and anyone wanting to participate in the program should contact him at thomasrick1@yahoo.com.

“KidSight” Program

Our Lions Club KidSight program started in 2015 with the idea of vision screening in our Clover School district with two Welch Allyn screening cameras. The program blossomed and grew to screening over 15,000 students from the Clover, York, and Rock Hill school districts. The Lions were able to screen 6,710 kids in the 2020-21 school year and project an additional 6,000 for the 2021-22 school year.

Adding to the KidSight program, The River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Charities has purchased two auto refractive vision screening units for use in schools, childcare centers, and other organizations in our community. The goal is to screen every child in our community from six months of age through high school seniors.

Scholarship Program

One of our Lions most revered programs is an annual 4-year scholarship (current total value of $8,000) awarded to a deserving Senior at Clover High School. Scholarship applicants complete a detailed questionnaire. The criteria evaluated include a transcript of grades, class ranking, extracurricular activities, work experience, and an essay regarding the future. The Committee members use a grading system to rank the applicants and the winner is announced at Clover High School’s annual awards program.

This year’s award winner is Alina Tomko. Her credentials were outstanding! She had the highest GPA of the applicants and held various leadership positions at Clover. Alina plans on majoring in Industrial Process Engineering.

Roaring Readers Program

Our Lions Club started the Roaring Readers program during the Clover School District year 2009-10. The program serviced students in a Title One (low income) elementary school which has expanded to three elementary schools, providing books to approximately 750 students twice a year. At the completion of the 2020-21 academic year the Lions Club had gifted over 12,000 books to students.

The initial goal of the program was to encourage literacy and improve reading skills for students by creating home libraries. Once each semester the Lions Club partners with school media specialists to provide a selection of high-interest popular titles of both fiction and non-fiction books for each grade level. When students select their books, Lions Club members interact with the students and explain the purpose of the Lions Club and why reading is so important to their education.

100% of Giving

The River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Community Foundation is a volunteer organization. We have no paid staff. Our Foundation expenses as a percent of Donor contributions and investment income have averaged less than 3.5% over the last four years. Our Investment Advisors contribute their time and knowledge managing the Foundation assets. You can be assured that 100% of your donation is put to work assisting Charities, not on administrative spending.