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.

Crestwood, Mo., Lodge No. 2503 spent Valentine’s Day showing its love for local veterans. Instead of chocolates, Elks served barbecue! Using a Gratitude Grant, Elks provided dinner and offered good company for local veterans. The Crestwood Elks know that Valentine’s Day is always better with sweets, so they served cake and ice cream for dessert.

The event was held at the Jefferson Barracks Veterans’ Medical Center to “help lift the spirits of the veterans needing medical assistance,” says Project Manager Jack Dedeke.

Chula Vista, Calif., Lodge No. 2011 used a Promise Grant to hold a Sweetheart Dinner Dance at the Lodge for local teenagers with disabilities from Sports 4 Exceptional Athletes.

“The dinner was fantastic and the dancing was non-stop,” says Project Manager Becky Munoz.

As an added bonus, four members of the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team attended to inspire the teen athletes.

With the help of ENF grants, Elks spread the love in their communities all year!

The Elks National Foundation will help Lodges meet local needs by investing up to $6.5 million this year in Elks communities through Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact Grants. These grants offer Lodges an opportunity to serve the community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, please visit

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