Walking up the steps or turning on a faucet are tasks many complete without a second thought. But for Staff Sergeant Kelly Keck, a veteran severely injured in Afghanistan, these daily tasks present new challenges.
“Anyone can present a check, however, it doesn't get Elks out into the community and seen doing great things,” says Exalted Ruler Rae Vasold. “We know from past experience that getting involved makes more of an impact.”
Being such a visible partner in the build not only highlighted the Lodge’s commitment to veterans, it sparked renewed interest in what the Lodge does year round.
“Several volunteers asked for more information about the Elks, with two completing applications for membership on the spot,” says Vasold.
“To see hundreds of Americans of all ages coming out to support a veteran who put his life on the line so we can continue to enjoy our freedom was beyond words,” says Vasold.
The Elks National Foundation helps Lodges serve their communities by offering $2,000 Gratitude Grants. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the National President’s per-capita goal for Foundation giving. To find out more about Gratitude Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit http://elks.org/enf/community/