Downtown San Diego Lions Club

Our Mission is to improve the world one human being at a time through programs that teach and promote empathy, fellowship and service.  To lead a movement of compassion and activism in our community that inspires new generations to answer the call of "We Serve".

  • 2017 Outstanding Grant Making Organization, 45th National Philanthropy Day
  • 2018 Malin Burnham Award for Most Admired Service Organization, Realty Changers
  • 2018 Top Large Club Award, San Diego and Imperial Counties Lions Club International District 4-L6

Lion Facts

Since 1917, Lions have served the world's population through hard work and commitment to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere. With 1.38 million Lions serving in 46,481 clubs in over 210 countries and geographical areas, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. The Downtown San Diego Lions Club is one of the largest Lions Clubs in the United States.

Although Lions internationally are noted for their assistance to the blind, the Downtown San Diego Lions Club supports a wide variety of projects that reach out to at-risk youth, seniors, physically disadvantaged, the military and Veterans, and others!

Established in 1922, the Downtown San Diego Lions Club is one of very few service clubs to enjoy the ownership and use of its own beautiful meeting facility. Our meeting room and Executive Offices are located in the heart of San Diego's exciting Gaslamp District.

We welcome Lions from around the world to join us when visiting San Diego! We invite all service-minded individuals located in San Diego to call for information about attending a meeting!

Eye Glass Donation

The Lions Optometric Vision Clinic (LOVC) accepts new and used eyeglasses for donation.

Hearing Aid Donation

Hearing aids can be donated to Ear of the Lion.

How We Serve Our Communities

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve! In our community, we are involved in volunteer work, helping, leading, planning, and supporting. Because we're local, we can serve the unique needs of the San Diego community and because we're global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.

Downtown San Diego Lions Club Building

We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That's why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks, and eyeglass recycling. The Downtown San Diego Lions Club is involved in a wide variety of projects that reach out to at-risk youth, seniors, physically disadvantaged, the military and Veterans, and others.

We empower the next generation by providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people.

We serve local communities and protect the planet.  From performing hands-on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environment programs improve our communities and protect the environment.

Club Calendar

For more information on upcoming speakers or to propose an upcoming speaker or event please contact us at (619) 239-7264.

We Serve…Putting Money Where Our Mouth Is!


Is the amount the the Downtown San Diego Lions Club Welfare Foundation has donated between July, 1996, and June, 2017, to the San Diego community.

Some of our recent grants:

$2,500 to Natural History Museum

$4,964 to Meals on Wheels

$5,000 to Veterans Village 2018 Stand Down

$5,000 to Challenged Sailors of San Diego

$4,400 to Paralyzed Veterans

$5,000 to Interfaith Shelter Network

$5,806 to San Diego Young Artists Academy

$4,000 to Outdoor Outreach