The Elks, or Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, is a national organization whose motto is Elks Care Elks Share. Its national charities support veterans, education, and drug awareness, in addition to hosting hoop shoot competitions and other programs. The Elks National Foundation (ENF) awards scholarships to high school students across the nation. Additionally, they provide grants to local Lodges to use for a variety of projects.
One of the current projects the local lodge is working on is to provide a dictionary to each third grade student in the Santa Clarita Valley. Each dictionary will have a drug awareness bookmark with a drug awareness coloring book as well. There are approximately 3,350 third grade students in our valley that the organization hopes to provide with a dictionary. This endeavor is quite a task, starting with the application for grants, purchasing, inserting bookmarks and distributing to every school in the valley.
The Elks Lodge has received tremendous feedback from teachers and administrators, saying that the kids love them and use them as learning aids.
The California/Hawaii Elks Association’s other major project is called The Purple Pig. The motto is, “A Coin a Day, They Will Walk, Talk, See and Play.” This is a program that helps to meet the unmet needs of children with disabilities by providing support services at no cost.
Some of the many things the local Elks Lodge #2379 provides is hot dogs, drinks, chips and cookies to all who help place the American Flag on the grave of every Veteran buried at Eternal Valley for the Memorial Day remembrance. They also participate in the Fourth of July parade and provide over 10,000 American Flags to all of the spectators along the parade route.
These are only some of the many programs that the Elks do for the community, the state and the country.
For further information about donating a dictionary, visit www.elks.org or email email@example.com.