Building Hopeful Communities

With the assistance of a Gratitude Grant, Ashland, Ore., Lodge No. 944 works with community partners to end stigma and create hope for teens affected by mental illness.

Sandpoint Suc-Seeds with the CIP!

With the help of a Beacon Grant, Sandpoint, Idaho, Lodge No. 1376 has been able to create a flourishing edible garden program for local elementary schools.

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming

Remember 2017 Gratitude Grant applications close May 31! Read on to see how St. George Dixie, Utah, Lodge No. 1743 uses water sports to improve the social and cognitive skills of children and adults with disabilities.

Valentine's Day the CIP Way

Valentine’s Day may have been created to sell heart-shaped candy and sappy cards, but it is also a good time to focus on people in need in your Lodge’s community.

CIPer-stars

At the CIP birthday party, we asked ENF volunteers, "What does the CIP mean to your Lodge?" Click the link to see some of our

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 16 marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day in which citizens from across the country come together in service to honor Dr. King's legacy. Lodges use CIP grants to rally their communities around service—find out how!

Three Gratitude Grant Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year! Resolve to get involved this year by using a Gratitude Grant.

24 Days of Caring and Sharing!

Take a look at our interactive online advent calendar to see how Lodges across Elkdom are showing their holiday spirit through grant projects!

Days in the Life of a CIP Volunteer

Happy Holidays! 2016 CIP Volunteer of the Year Susan Good gives some advice on how to best use Beacon Grants.

Beyond the Basket

Tips for spreading holiday cheer throughout the entire year

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

As you prepare to fill your plate with golden turkey, ruby cranberry sauce, and scrumptious stuffing, check out some of the Thanksgiving-themed projects hosted by Lodges across the country.

Veterans Day, Every Day!

Happy Veterans Day—a day set aside to celebrate the men and women who have served in the U.S. military!

Let Me Tell You About Telluride

Since 2014, Telluride, Colo., Lodge No. 692 has used a Beacon Grant to partner with a local mentoring program to provide a day of fresh air fun for local children.

Days in the Life of a CIP Volunteer

In the first installment of her blog series, 2016 CIP Volunteer of the Year Susan Good gives some great tips for Lodges looking to capitalize on grant opportunities.

Finding Community with a Freedom Grant

2017 Freedom Grant applications close July 31. Take a look at how Tampa, Fla., Lodge No. 708 creates a community of support for formally homeless veterans.

Back to Basics

2017 Promise Grants are available now to the first 500 Lodges that apply with a qualifying youth project! Take a look at how Winter Haven, Fla., Lodge No. 1672 is going back to the basics to support youth in its community.

Teaming Up for Teens

ENF Staff Colleen, Jocelyn and Maryann hit the road for Minneapolis on an Impact Grant site visit. Check out this recap!

2015 Impact Grant Accomplishments

Take a look at the impressive accomplishments of the class of 2015 Impact Grants recipients!

CIPsational Beacon Grant of the Week!

With the Beacon Grant deadline right around the corner it may feel impossible to come up with a great project to apply for, but, that's far from the truth. Each week, we'll highlight a CIPsational project that a fellow Lodge has executed and that you can easily copy or modify to fit your community's needs.

A Look Forward

New Year, new grants! The grant year is in full swing but with the calendar year just beginning it’s the perfect time to take a look at what Lodges across the country have planned for the coming year.

Beacon Grants Light The Way For Santa's Sleigh

You've likely heard of Rudolph and his shiny nose lighting the way to deliver Christmas cheer at this time of year but have you heard of a less mythological way your Lodge can do the same? It's called a Beacon Grant! Check out this holiday themed presentation on Lodges who are already acting as Beacons of Hope in their communities!

‘Tis the Season for Giving

During the holiday, Elks across the country continue to spread holiday cheer by volunteering in their community. Let’s take a look at 11 Lodges that used Gratitude Grants this season.

Spread Christmas Cheer with the CIP!

Hundreds of Lodges used the Promise Grant to run Christmas programs for youth in need last year. Let the Boss help you get in the Christmas spirit and check out some highlights!

Stand Down for a Hand Up

Noticing an increase in homeless veterans in the community, Loveland, Co., Lodge No. 1051 partnered with community organizations to host its first annual Stand Down. Read on to find out how the Lodge used its Beacon Grant to push for greater awareness and care for homeless and at-risk veterans in the community.

Goblins, Ghouls, and Ghosts-Oh My!

Oak Ridge, Tenn., Lodge No. 1684 mixes Halloween fun with drug awareness. Read on to find out how the Lodge used its Promise Grant to reach over 600 children in the community.

2016 Impact Grants Coming Soon!

While you wait for the 2016 official announcement, check out what the class of 2015 has been up to with their Impact Grants this year.

School's Back!

It’s that time of year again already! Across the country, students are getting ready for a new school year, and Elks are at the ready to help using CIP grants.

Party On, CIP

Make a wish and blow out those birthday candles! The CIP turns ten years old this year, and we threw one excellent birthday party in Indianapolis to celebrate! Read on for a recap of the party and check out photos and videos from the once in a decade event.

Mighty Mitchell

Introducing the 2014-15 Community Investments Program Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Mitchell of Bradenton, Fla., Lodge No. 1511! Thanks to Jeff's hard work as Project Manager for his Lodge's Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies Project, hundreds of homeless children no longer have to worry about going hungry over the weekend.

Read more about how Jeff and Elks volunteers support these students in need each week!

Great Gratitude Grant Examples

All Lodges that meet the per-capita giving goal are eligible to apply for a Gratitude Grant. Gratitude Grants are a great introduction to the Community Investments Program. Take a look at some of the great examples of these grants below!

Best Beacon Grant Examples

Every Lodge is eligible for a $2,000 Beacon Grant. The Beacon Grant is an opportunity for Lodges to start a new, ongoing, Elks-led charitable project. Here are a few of the Best Beacon Grant Examples from the past year.

2014 Impact Grant Accomplishments!

In 2014, 47 Lodges received Impact Grants to run large-scale service projects in their communities. The results are now in, and they're impressive! Read all about the amazing things the 2014 Impact Grant Lodges accomplished.

Bags of Hope

Community Investments Program Beacon Grants give Lodges the opportunity to establish reliable projects that serve local needs. Portland-Milwaukie, Ore., Lodge No. 142 is an excellent example of how Lodges can use Beacon Grants to create a positive, ongoing change for local youth.

Gratitude Grant Greatness

Read how these Lodges used a Gratitude Grant to serve community members in need.

Say No to Drugs, Yes to Fun!

Staying drug free is the way to be, and the way to fun. Florida elementary school students now have Stuart-Jensen, Fla., Lodge No. 1870 to thank for that valuable lesson. The Lodge used a Promise Grant for a series of Drug Awareness events at local schools.

Ten Pin Takedown

Americans love to bowl, and the residents of Flat Rock are no exception. Recently, Flat Rock, Mich., Lodge No. 1731 used a Beacon Grant to throw a bowling party so good that party-goers are already planning for next year. Elks partnered with local high school students and a group for people with disabilities to hold the Ten Pin Takedown.

Pencils, Pens, Paper: Prepared!

Back-to-School can be hectic for everyone. Thankfully, Lakewood, Colo., Lodge No. 1777 was able to create some fun during their
back-to-school event.

Seasons of Giving

Though Christmas has passed, the Elks’ spirit of charity is not seasonal. With four different Community Investments Program grants available to Lodges, your Lodge has an opportunity to serve all year round. Read on for ideas on how to turn your Lodge's Christmas project into a year-round affair.

Spreading Joy

Watch this short video about how Elks use Community Investments Program grants to help those in need during the Christmas season.

The Gift of Healthy Smiles

Pulaski, Tenn., Lodge No. 1827 does more than spread holiday cheer during December. In partnership with local dentists, the Pulaski Lodge uses a Beacon Grant to provide Free Dental Day for community members in need.

Sharing Our Stories

Westbrook, Conn., Lodge No. 1784 knows how to take a history lesson and turn it into a reason to celebrate. Elks used an Impact Grant to partner with teachers to organize the Sharing Our Stories project, which matched 5th grade students with local veterans.

Learn more about the project, and read some of the stories written by the students their veteran mentors!

Fresh Friends

Venice Nokomis, Fla., Lodge No. 1845 used its Gratitude Grant to partner with the All Faiths Food Bank on the Mobile Cupboard project. Read more about how this Lodge got involved, and gained members because of it!

Growing Toward a Brighter Future

Thanks to the help of a Promise Grant and Petaluma, Calif., Lodge No. 901, the gardening program at Cypress School is really growing. Read more about the Elks' green thumbs and big hearts here.

Veterans Day Service

With the help of the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Bennington, Vermont, Lodge No. 567 reached out to veterans in need, and taught youth the importance of serving veterans.

Batting 1000

In just his second year as Grants Coordinator for Hillsboro, Ore., Lodge No. 1862, Richard Shipley batted 1000. With a talented team of players alongside him, Rick helped his Lodge apply for and receive every ENF-funded grant possible! “I’m 9 for 9 when it comes to grants in the last few years, Shipley says. “But it really is a team effort—everyone at the Lodge pitches in.” This dedication and team spirit are just a few of the reasons Richard Shipley is the 2013-14 Community Investments Program Volunteer of the Year! Read more about his and the Lodge's accomplishments here.

2013 Impact Grant Accomplishments

The start of the 2014-15 year is the perfect time to look back on some of the great things Lodges accomplished last year. In 2013-14, 43 Lodges received Impact Grants to run active and meaningful projects in their communities. Elks from these Lodges worked hard all year long to make a difference, and we're proud to show off their collective accomplishments! Read about the results of their efforts here.

A Stand-Up Tradition

A few years ago, Rockingham County in North Carolina began a local Stand Down for veterans event, to reach out to homeless veterans and other veterans in need. Thanks to the ENF Beacon Grant, the Elks at Reidsville Lodge No. 1723 are a strong part of that tradition.

The Garden at Skowhegan

Spring has sprung, and thanks to Skowhegan-Madison, Maine, Lodge No. 2531, this year it will bring fresh produce to low-income families, seniors and students in need.

Summer Dreams

Summer may still be a few months away, but some veterans in Massachusetts are already dreaming of a warm and inviting fishing trip with friends. They can count on the Elks to get them out on the water, year after year.

Camping Fun

For children and adults with disabilities in Mississippi, they have Hattiesburg, Miss., Lodge No. 599 to thank for their yearly tradition of a week at camp. Read more about the week of fun!

Rockland's Lot

Watch out Stephen King. The state of Maine may soon have some new famous writers, thanks to Rockland, Maine, Lodge No. 1008. Elks partnered with local teachers and writers to hold a three-day creative writing camp for students in 4th through 6th grade.

Play Time

This winter, Marshall County, Ky., Lodge 2707 gave women and children a safe place to have fun. The Lodge used a Community Investments Program Gratitude Grant to update the playground of The Merryman House, a domestic violence shelter.

Standing on the Front Line

Veterans returning home can have a tough time transitioning back into everyday life. Thanks to the Elks from Helena, Mont., Lodge No. 193, life for local veterans in need just got a little easier. Read how.

Take Me Out to the Beacon Grant

When several Elks from the Green Bay, Wisc., Lodge No. 259, who coach for the Southwest Area Girls Softball League, noticed that some girls were registering without proper equipment or funds to participate, they stepped up to the plate. Red more about how Green Bay Lodge helps youth in need.

The Joy of the Holidays

Elks from Garland, Texas, Lodge No. 1984 do more than deck the halls at Christmas— they bring joy to the world. With the help of an ENF Promise Grant, the Lodge teams up with a local homeless children’s ministry to host a Christmas party for homeless and underprivileged children. Read more about how Garland spreads Christmas cheer.

Christmas with the Community Investments Program

Thanks to Community Investments Program grants, Elks give the gift of support to community members in need throughout the year. Watch the slideshow to see how Elks use CIP grants to build stronger communities during the Christmas season.

Elks on the Shelf

Elks across the country show their Christmas spirit by using Elks National Foundation Community Investments Program grants to brighten the holidays for those in need. Read how three Lodges used ENF grants to build stronger communities this past Christmas.

A Great Gift Any Time of Year

Some Christmas wishes are more difficult than others. For teens living at the Marland Children’s Home, a day out on the town, and a visit to the Oklahoma aquarium, was an appreciated gift from the Elks. Read more about how Ponca City, Okla., Lodge No. 2002 reaches out to these youth in need using their CIP Grants.

Elks Bat 1000 for Veterans in Need

Using a Beacon Grant, Cahaba Valley, Ala., Lodge No. 1738 show patriotism, birthday cheer and good sportsmanship as they provide social activities for local veterans in need.

Counting on the Elks

Elks are committed to serving veterans in need. Read how Crestwood, Mo., Lodge No. 2503 used a Gratitude Grant to provide meals and quality time for veterans and military families.

Future All-Stars

Freemont, Ohio Lodge No. 169 used a Promise Grant to run a two day baseball camp for local boys and girls ages 8 to 10. Thanks to the Elks, these youth can't wait for next season to show off their skills!

Success at the Starting Line

It’s back-to-school time again and Elks at Pensacola Beach, Fla., Lodge No. 497 are ready. The Lodge used a Promise Grant to run an educational seminar for local high school students in need. Click the link to read more about this strong project that provided much more than school supplies to teens in need!

Bringing Generations Together

Elks at Macomb, Ill., Lodge No. 1009 used a Beacon Grant to reach college veterans at nearby Western Illinois University. Click the link to read more about this project that engaged the entire Lodge and community of college students!

August CIP Superstar: Teri Lynn Linardich

Congratulations to Teri Lynn Linardich, our August CIP Superstar! A CIP Volunteer since 2008, Teri helped her Lodge receive $5,000 in CIP Grants in 2012-13. One part of Teri's success is strong Elks involvement in all her Lodge's grant projects. "Sometimes people just need to be asked, or told, to help out," says Linardich.
Nominated for our the 2013 CIP Volunteer of the Year award, Linardich shares some more of her expert Project Manager advice in her interview. Read more!

A Storybook Tale about Storybooks

Even book clubs are bigger in Texas, and the Elks at Irving, Texas, Lodge No. 2334 keep their book club numbers up by starting their recruitment early. The Lodge used an ENF Impact Grant to start a StoryTime Program at a local youth center, and spread their love of reading.

Of Valor and Vegetables

At Valor House, a veterans’ transitional center, growing and building a new life is the name of the game, in more ways than one. As these veterans work to move forward in life, they also work to bring new life into the garden. Elks at Missoula ‘Hell Gate’, Mont., Lodge No. 383 used a Gratitude Grant to help the cause.

The Golden Door

For many high school students, it can be difficult to fit in. For high school students in San Diego who are also refugees, there are even more challenges. That’s where the Elks step in. Using an ENF Impact Grant, Elks partner with the International Rescue Committee to help low-income students with a refugee backgrounds adapt and succeed. Read more about how San Diego, Calif., Lodge No. 168 is helping to prepare these future citizens for success.

Books and the Beacon Grant

Elks at New Albany, Ind., Lodge No. 270 used a Beacon Grant to inspire youth to read. Once a week, Elks and local fourth graders met up in the library for lunch and a book discussion. Click the link to read more about this fun reading project!

A Woman on a Mission

The ENF is proud to announce the recipient of the 2013 Community Investments Program Volunteer of the Year Award—Carolyn Shupe of Santa Barbara, Calif., Lodge No. 613.

“Helping people has always been my passion, and it is so gratifying to see positive results,” Shupe says. “It is definitely a feel good way of life.” Read more about her dedication to service and how she uses CIP grants to serve her community.

Gear up for Grant Season

It's the start of the Elks National Foundation's 2013-14 grant season! Gear up to serve your community this year.

See how Lodges used Community Investments Program grants in 2012-13 to help others in need.

A Graceful Grant Use

Life just got a little brighter for children staying at Gracemoor, a domestic violence shelter in Tennessee. Elks at Cookeville-Sparta, Tenn., Lodge No. 2863 used a Gratitude Grant to help renovate the shelter, focusing their efforts on creating a colorful and fun place for the children to play.

Hollywood Comes to Rotterdam

In recognition of the many dedicated Elk volunteers using CIP grants to better their communities, we'll now feature one volunteer each month whose project epitomizes effective grant use. April's featured volunteer is Pedro Rosa of Rotterdam, N.Y., Lodge No. 2157. Read more about Pedro and his Lodge's projects!

2012-13 CIP Grants in Action

This year's CIP Photo Contest brought in a record 75 submissions. Though only four Lodges won the grand prize, every photo we received tells a story of a Lodge using a CIP grant to serve the community. Read about some of these successes here.

Then, think about how CIP grants can meet needs in your community. Remember, 2012-13 Gratitude Grant applications are due May 31. Apply soon!

Announcing the 2013 CIP Photo Contest Winners!

Anyone who has treasured an old family photo, or has viewed the iconic photo of soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima knows the potential of a photographer in the right place at the right time.

For the second annual CIP Photo Contest, we received entries from many of those photographers, capturing shots of Elks serving their communities. ENF staff voted and the results are in. Read more to see who took home the prizes!

Serving Home Sweet Home

In recognition of the many dedicated Elk volunteers using CIP grants to better their communities, we'll now feature one volunteer each month whose project epitomizes effective grant use. February's featured volunteer is Ron Sharrah of Sweet Home, Ore., Lodge No. 1792. Read more about Ron and his Lodge's projects!

2012 Impact Grant Accomplishments

As Impact Grant Final Reports, receipts, photos and more rolled in, we came to see all the great things Impact Grant Lodges accomplished in 2012. From planting gardens to help feed the hungry, to mentoring juvenile offenders to delivering meals and support to homeless veterans, Elks are there for those in need. And people are learning that they can depend on the Elks to offer a hand up. Read more about what the 2012 Impact Grant Lodges accomplished. It’ll have you even more excited about the possibilities that next year brings to build stronger communities.

Pedal into Spring

Read how St. Mary’s, W. Va., Lodge No. 1701 used a Promise Grant to hold an Easter egg hunt which also promoted safety in the community.

Bunnies and Bicycles

Read how Kingsville, Texas, Lodge No. 1926 used a Promise Grant to help youth in need with an Easter egg hunt.

Scrambled Eggs

Read how Evergreen, Colo., Lodge No. 2363 used a Gratitude Grant to host an Easter egg hunt for local youth.

The Road Back Home

For veterans staying at the Alston Wilkes Society Veterans Home, the road to recovery just got a little easier. Elks at Camden-Lugoff, S.C., Lodge No. 2603 used a Beacon Grant to start a mentoring program for formerly homeless veterans working their way through the Home's rehabilitation program. Read more about this program, and the Lodge's enthusiastic response.

Coordinator Extraordinaire

In recognition of the many dedicated Elk volunteers using CIP grants to better their communities, we'll now feature one volunteer each month whose project epitomizes effective grant use. February's featured volunteer is Mike Mongeluzzo of Ocala, Fla., Lodge No. 286. Read more about Mike and his Lodge's projects!

Rest for the Weary

Elks at Watertown, N.Y., Lodge No. 496 help provide a slice of home for weary soliders. Read more about how this Lodge is partnering with the USO to offer comforts to soldiers at a local base.

At Ease

Elks at Eugene, Ore., Lodge No. 357, used a Gratitude Grant to help with a local Stand Down for Veterans. Read more about how this Lodge served more than 500 veterans in need.

Sharing the Love

Elks love serving their communities! Using Elks National Foundation Community Investments Program grants, Lodges build stronger communities by sharing the Valentine’s Day spirit of love. Read about two Lodges’ big-hearted projects.

Elks and Veterans: A Match Made in Heaven

There’ll be fewer lonely hearts in Texas this Valentine’s Day, thanks to the Elks at Cleburne Lodge No. 811. Read about how this Lodged reaches to veterans each February 14.

Texas Two-Stepping

Garland, Tex., Lodge No. 1984 uses a Beacon Grant to dance the night away with local veterans.

January CIP Superstar

In recognition of the many dedicated Elk volunteers using CIP grants to better their communities, we'll now feature one volunteer each month whose project epitomizes effective grant use. January's featured volunteer is Tammy Sturgill of Livermore-Pleasanton, Calif., Lodge No. 2117. Click to read more.

Take the Last Train to Clarkdale . . .

Elks at Bullhead City, Ariz., Lodge No. 2408 used a Beacon Grant to take veterans from a local VA hospital on a quick vacation. Read more about their trip!

December CIP Superstar

In recognition of the many dedicated Elk volunteers using CIP grants to better their communities, we'll now feature one volunteer each month whose project epitomizes effective grant use. December's featured volunteer is Connie Scott of Clark Fork Valley, Mont., Lodge No. 2757. Click to read more.

Beacons of Hope

As the newest addition to the CIP grant family, the Beacon Grant has helped Lodges successfully create new, ongoing charitable activities. Learn about some of these great projects here!

The Night Before Christmas

Elks at Ticonderoga, N.Y., Lodge No. 1494 provided Christmas meals to hundreds of families in need using a Gratitude Grant.

Santa in Blue Jeans

Stevens Point, Wisc., Lodge No. 641 used a Promise Grant to throw a Christmas party for local teens in need.

November CIP Superstar

In recognition of the many dedicated Elk volunteers using CIP grants to better their communities, we'll now feature one volunteer each month whose project epitomizes effective grant use. November's featured volunteer is Bob Sollazzo of Mid-Westchester, N.Y., Lodge No. 535. Click to read more.

A Hand Up

Throughout Veterans Remembrance Month, the ENF is featuring our Hand Up series. Each Friday, we will post an article focusing on the issues facing today's returning servicemen and women, as well as examples and resources for Lodges looking to do more to serve them.

Here is this week's installment, titled "Together."

There’s No Place Like the Lodge for the Holidays

Elks at Mineral Area Community, Mo., Lodge No. 2583 invited 120 veterans to the Lodge for a Christmas dinner.

A Hand Up

Throughout Veterans Remembrance Month, the ENF is featuring our Hand Up series. Each Friday, we will post an article focusing on the issues facing today's returning servicemen and women, as well as examples and resources for Lodges looking to do more to serve them.

Here is this week's installment, titled "Continued Service."

A Hand Up

Throughout Veterans Remembrance Month, the ENF is featuring our Hand Up series. Each Friday, we will post an article focusing on the issues facing today's returning service men and women, as well as examples and resources for Lodges looking to do more to serve them.

This week's installment is the third in the series, titled: A Return to Stability.

A Hand Up

Throughout Veterans Remembrance Month, the ENF is featuring our Hand Up series. Each Friday, we will post an article focusing on the issues facing today's returning service men and women, as well as examples and resources for Lodges looking to do more to serve them.

This week's installment is the second in the series, titled: A Personal Touch.

Elks vs. Sandy

As residents in New York and New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy, they're finding out that even in times of crisis, the Elks are there for the community.

Read about some of the Lodges helping with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

A Hand Up

Throughout Veterans Remembrance Month, the ENF is featuring our Hand Up series. Each Friday, we will post an article focusing on the issues facing today's returning service men and women, as well as examples and resources for Lodges looking to do more to serve them.

This week's installment, the first in the series, is titled: A Better Homecoming.

Horsing Around in the Desert Heat

Las Vegas, Nev., Lodge No. 1468 partnered with Horses for Heroes to give military families a great day at the rodeo.

Operation Home for a Hero

Elks at Abingdon, Md., Lodge No. 2354 helped build a specially adapted home for a local veteran injured in combat.

A GREAT Place for Family Fun

Elks at Sussex, N.J., Lodge No. 2288 created a series of free events for kids with special needs and their families.

In It Together

Tuscaloosa, Ala., Lodge No. 393 used its Gratitude Grant to help the town rebuild after last year's tornados.

Elks, Drug Awareness and Rock 'n' Roll

Elks at Oak Ridge, Tenn., Lodge No. 1684 used its Promise Grant to throw popular, drug-free parties for youth of all ages.

The Olympic Spirit

Elks at Page, Ariz., Lodge No. 2498 plan and organize the Northern Arizona Special Olympics every year.

Elks Have This Partnership All Tied Up

Elks at Charles City, Iowa, Lodge No. 418 help run and volunteer with a local mentoring program.

Not Just Whistling Dixie

The ENF is proud to announce the inaugural recipient of the CIP Volunteer of the Year Award—Betty Archambault, member of St. George ‘Dixie,’ Utah, Lodge No. 1743. Read on for her accomplishments.

Hollywood Nights

Rotterdam, N.Y., Lodge No. 2157 used its Promise Grant to make sure children with autism have the same opportunities as other children.

Joining Together


Last summer, the ENF announced a partnership with the USO in support of the Joining Forces Initiative. Oregon City, Ore., Lodge No. 1189 was paying attention. Read about how the Lodge used its ENF grant to help veterans.

Off Base and Off the Road

Elks at Lake Sammamish, Wash., Lodge No. 1843 used a Gratitude Grant to give wounded warriors a day of snowmobiling.

Leading the Way


Four years ago, we awarded our first Impact Grants to an inaugural class of 25 Lodges. Over the next three years, nine of those Lodges continued to reapply and receive renewal grants. Here’s a look at our first class of Impact Grant graduates and their amazing accomplishments.

These nine Lodges blazed a trail for the rest, spurred the growth of the Community Investments Program, and inspired us all. We salute them!

Not Just a Uniform

Elks at Grapevine, Tex., Lodge No. 2483 used a Gratitude Grant to provide supplies and support for veterans in need.

From One Scout to Another

Elks at Brunswick, Ga., Lodge No. 691 used a Gratitude Grant to help local scouts appreciate the great outdoors.

August Showers

Sahuarita, Ariz., Lodge No. 2851 used its Gratitude Grant to support a local food pantry in a unique way.

On the Move

Elks at Vincennes, Ind., Lodge No. 291 partnered with the YMCA to hold a kids triathlon.

A Wild Weekend

Elks at Victor, Colo., Lodge No. 367 helped to hold a free two-day Archery Camp for local kids.

The Dirt on the Garden Club

West Palm Beach, Fla., Lodge No. 1352 used its Promise Grant to partner with two schools and start a children's Garden Club.

Zoo Times

Clinton, Mo., Lodge No. 1034 used its Promise Grant to get back to nature.

A Mountain of Fun

Sioux City, Iowa, Lodge No. 112 threw a healthy choices youth day with their Promise Grant!


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