The Association for the Advancement of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (AADHH) and the Greater Metro Detroit Lions Club (GMDLC)  would like to thank those who contributed and helped distribute the Stay Safe baskets for our community service project.

Livonia Community service Project

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The impact of the Governor's "Shelter In" order has, of course, brought the plans and scheduled activities of our local Community Service Organizations to a screeching halt.

Meetings - Cancelled, Fundraisers - Cancelled, Service Activities - Cancelled and the list goes on and on.


Here is Livonia, and I am sure in other District 11a1 communities, Lions Clubs are finding, new and inventive ways to serve.


Here is a small list of ways that the Livonia Lions and other service clubs are trying to help out in our Community.

 1) Check up regularly on our senior shut ins and make sure they are well.

2) Shop for groceries for our senior shut ins.

3) Make cotton masks at home for use by staff at area hospitals and now, our citizens.  

4) Collect and redistribute "Ear Savers" being manufactured by several residents who possess 3D printers. (See Picture)

5) Raise funds to help purchase Personal Protection Products for our first responders, ie...medical staff, police, fire, paramedics, etc 

6) Collect PPP from non-essential providers (i.e. dentists, veterinarians, hair dressers, construction) and redistributing to our first responders.

Responding to a reduction in food service for the medical staff at St. Mary Mercy Hospital Livonia SMML), the Livonia Lions Club formed an alliance with  our Rotary, Jaycees and Kiwanis Clubs to gather food from our small business community and deliver donations of food to SMML twice daily.

We are fundraising and purchasing additional food as needed to fill the schedule. Single  serving food items include cold sandwiches, hot food, fresh fruit

and snack bags.  We are starting to find success with our "Share the Burden" program where we share the cost of the food with our food providers.

 How else can "We Serve" during the COVID 19 pandemic?

 I would like to hear ideas from other District 11a1 Lions Clubs. Please share this email with our Clubs and invite their reply.

 Thank you in advance for your support of this request.

 Stay Healthy!

 Lion Matt Collins


Livonia Lions Club

If you haven't heard by now, the food pantry project of which so many Lions and clubs were involved was absolutely successful.

Those who received food and those that help box the food both expressed interest in continuing the pantry.

Therefore, after confirming the donated food from the Eastern Market, all the Lions Clubs of 11A-1 are invited back to the Pantry of Plenty to prepare boxes of food to be passed out to those in the community. We collected enough money to acquire boxes for another two rounds of distributing food.

Looking to Serve during the lockdown? Any and all Lions who wish to participate are invited from 8:00-11:00am this Thursday morning on May 21, 2020 to help in the preparation of the food boxes to be distributed. After all the boxes are prepared, the volunteers are able to leave at that time if they are concerned about exposure to the general public. There will be others that will man the door to allow community members a few at a time spaced out adequately to claim their boxes and continue out the other door. Any Lions that care to remain to watch the distribution and the fruits of their labor may watch from the sidelines (again to reduce exposure and maintain social distancing. Please bring your own mask; gloves will be available.

Pantry of Plenty
110 W. Seven Mile
Detroit, MI 48203
May 21, 2020
8:00-11:00 am

Hello Lions,

I would like to take tis opportunity to thank the Lions and Clubs that donated to the Greater Metro Detroit/ AADHH Continuing Education Fund to assist  Ms Jocelyn Porter in her endeavor to become a CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter).  You may wonder what exactly is a CDI.

A Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) is a specialist who provides interpreting, translation, and transliteration services, utilizing American Sign Language and other visual and tactual communication forms used by individuals who are Deaf, HOH, and Deaf-Blind. CDIs are Deaf themselves with a deep-rooted understanding of Deaf culture.

They provide interpreting services to Deaf consumers who may utilize other sign languages apart from ASL or who may have linguistic impairments that prevent them from fully utilizing a traditional ASL interpreter.

Situations that call for a CDI include emotional situations, cases of mental health, sexual abuse, and trauma, situations with ASL learners, children with developing language ability, foreign-born Deaf individuals, individuals who communicate via home signs and those with developmentally minimal language skills.

I realized the need when Lion Eboni was away in High School in Washington DC.  The person who is a CDI is usually a deaf person.

We were able to raise the money needed to pay the tuition.  I want to personally thank you.  A personal note will be sent to each person/club that donated.


I want to thank Brownstown Lions Club, Lion Ron Coleman & Lion Michael Harper of the Renaissance Lions Club, Lion Shirley Mataverde of Brownstown Lions, Lion Cathy McAdam of Harper Woods/Grosse Point Woods Lions, Lion Phyllis Turner of Detroit Westown Hartford Lions, the members of Greater Metro Detroit Lions Club, Just Jameen Products Customers and AADHH for being the fiduciary so that all donations are tax deductible.


I am humbled at your generosity and Jocelyn Porter was excited to know she could fulfill this dream.  Thank you so much.  We will post updates on the website and in future newsletters.

Yours in Lionism,

Lion Deborah Love, CS

Chair of the Deaf/ Hard of hearing Services Committee

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