LPCCI

Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence .

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Introduction

LPCCI is a non-profit organization formed in 1983 to educate, raise funds and to seek puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence.

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Since its humble beginnings, LPCCI has grown in membership and support from Lions Clubs in just two states to 35 states across the nation. Currently LPCCI has 17 Area Directors and 68 Trustees working to create awareness and provide support for CCI. Lions and Lions Clubs contribute to LPCCI through Life Memberships, Club Memberships, awards, sponsorships, fundraising, puppy raising, and volunteering. Our goal is to have representation and support in all 50 states across the nation.

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LPCCI HISTORY

Everybody likes a good idea, but when a good idea becomes an organized effort, great things begin to happen.

The Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI) started out that way - a good idea for Lions to help a fledgling organization in its mission to help people with disabilities.

Many Lions and Lionesses offered their help to CCI before 1981, both as individuals and through their clubs. The idea of district-wide support of the program began when Dick Woolf, Cabinet Secretary to the then District Governor Roger O'Donnell, invited CCI to send a speaker to District 4-C7's August 1981 Cabinet Meeting. Lion Don Webb, who had been personally involved in supporting CCI and wanted Lions to know about it, assisted in the presentation. The response was enthusiastic.

After many demonstrations with these highly trained dogs by CCI and Lion Don, Governor O'Donnell announced his decision to make CCI his district project for the fiscal year 1981-1982.

In 1982, at the urging of the late Lion Ty Tyree, articles were drawn up to establish a foundation similar in structure to the Lions Eye Foundation, with a network of coordinating trustees in every district, Life Members, Member Clubs, and other forms of support. After much perseverance, that set of plans became a reality and Lion Ty became the first president of the Lions Canine Companions Foundation (soon to be re-named the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence). Lion Ty also became the first Life Member.

District 4-C7 Governor John Robak continued the interest in CCI, making it his district project also, eventually becoming the foundation's second president. The Council of Governors of Multiple District Four (MD-4) sanctioned the foundation in 1983. From there, LPCCI grew to what it is today.

During the 1990's, as a result of its fundraising, LPCCI was honored by CCI with the naming of the CCI Northwest Regional Center Board Room and the Southwest Regional Center lobby area "The Lions Den". In June 2012, LPCCI celebrated the successful completion of a $100,000.00 pledge to name the board room at the CCI Northeast Regional Center "The Lions Den".

On May 18, 2013, LPCCI celebrated 30 years of supporting CCI. During these 30 years, LPCCI raised close to
$3 million for CCI and continues to donate over $100,000.00 each year.

Since its humble beginnings, LPCCI has grown in membership and support from Lions Clubs in just two states to 35 states across the nation. Currently LPCCI has 17 Area Directors and 68 Trustees working to create awareness and provide support for CCI. Lions and Lions Clubs contribute to LPCCI through Life Memberships, Club Memberships, awards, sponsorships, fundraising, puppy raising, and volunteering. Our goal is to have representation and support in all 50 states across the nation.

 

 

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The Lions Project For Canine Companions For Independence (LPCCI) FACT SHEET
Lions have supported CCI since its very beginnings in Santa Rosa, CA in the 1970's.

 

 

  • LPCCI (a Lions Foundation) was formally founded in 1983 (at CCI's suggestion) to better function as a significant provider of financial and volunteer support to CCI through Lions clubs.
  • LPCCI consists of an all-volunteer board of directors, more than 75 volunteer representatives around the country, and one paid staff-person (the LPCCI National Administrator).
  • LPCCI volunteer representatives provide presentations at Lions club meetings, district meetings and conventions, and at other service clubs and organizations, to increase public awareness of CCI's program and gain financial support, puppy raisers, etc.
  • Lions and Lions Clubs support LPCCI through Club Memberships, Life and Family Life Memberships, Abdul and Distinguished Service Awards, LPCCI Fellowships, various sponsorships, and fundraisers.
  • Many Lions serve as CCI puppy raisers, breeder-caretakers, Chapter group members, volunteers, and goodwill ambassadors spreading the word about CCI's program.
  • Lions Clubs in 35 states across the nation donate to LPCCI.
  • To date LPCCI has donated $3 million to CCI.
  • LPCCI celebrated its 30th anniversary May 18, 2013.
  • LPCCI needs volunteer representatives from every Lions district in every state, particularly in states where there is a CCI Regional Training Center. Please call LPCCI to learn more about it.

South Central Training Center

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LPCCI’s commitment to Canine Companions is long standing. To show our support for this new center, LPCCI pledged $150,000 over a three-year period, knowing our contribution makes a difference in the lives of the many veterans, children and adults with disabilities that Canine Companions serves.

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Lions Clubs

Lions, Lioness, and other service clubs, working through the Lions Project can help CCI's efforts to offer greater independence and self-esteem to more people with disabilities.
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DogFest

Walk 'n Roll is the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence.






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It's your generous donation that allows us to offer highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing follow-up services to people with disabilities at absolutely no charge.

 

Pedaling Puppy Raisers

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We are volunteer puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence.
We also love bike touring and raising awareness for Canine Companions.

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Assistance dogs aren't just born, they're raised.

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 Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially- bred puppies a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.

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Breeder dogs and their puppies are the foundation of our organization. We carefully select and breed Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and crosses of the two after an intensive evaluation process.

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DogFest Walk 'n Roll is the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence.Fest

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To promote and oversee an awareness and appreciation for the LPCCI and Canine Companions programs to clubs and individuals in the District. Have an interest in seeing that Canine Companions For Independence mission to provide trained dogs for individuals with disabilities is assisted by Lionism.

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