More than 80 years ago, the Chattanooga Downtown Lions Club was formed as a service organization. Today, numerous Lions Clubs are active in the Chattanooga area, providing charitable activities often related, but not limited to, sight preservation and eye disorders. Through the Kid Sight Outreach Program, over 500,000 preschool children in Tennessee have been screened. The organization provides financial support for Tennessee School for the Blind, Tennessee School for the Deaf, Leader Dogs, Learning Ally, and Hamilton County Lions Sight Services. Lions Club International has 1.4 million members in over 200 countries and celebrated 100 years of service in 2017.