Sharrah was the first in his Lodge to volunteer to run an ENF Gratitude Grant project. To him, CIP grants offered the perfect opportunity to serve the community.
“We were falling short of our charitable mission and people didn’t know we existed,” says Sharrah. “To our community, we were just a private club on the top of the hill.”
This experience forced Sharrah to change his method. Now, any time he approaches an organization to actively partner with, he makes it a point to do research up front, and pinpoints the local needs the Lodge can help fill.
“Partnering with others is a two-way street,” says Sharrah. “Every time we meet with a potential partner, we ask what they can do for us as well.”
“Kids go to school without things like shoes and backpacks, and the schools aren’t providing them,” says Sharrah. “The Promise Grant and the Elks have stepped in to fill this need.”
To Sharrah, being an Elk means doing things for the good of the community and the good of the Lodge. Thanks to this attitude, Sweet Home, Ore., is home sweet home to one active Elks Lodge.
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 www.elks.org/enf/community.