Grand Rapids, MI 48

Elks Care

Grand Rapids Elks Lode #48 Cares


What We Do



The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. The applications and deadlines vary for each program

Contact the Grand Rapids Elks #48 Office for more details on scholarships!


Elks National Foundation

The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. Read More...


Michigan Major Project

The Michigan Elks will assist any special needs child in Michigan, regardless of race, creed, or color, who is unable to obtain assistance from other agencies or organizations: whose family’s income will not allow them to give the child the needed treatment. Read More...


Gold Key Scholarship Program

The Michigan Elks Association Charitable Grant Fund Scholarship commission, also known as the “Gold Key Scholarship Fund”, was established by the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Elks Association to provide a post secondary education scholarship for special need students – to be funded through individual donor contributions. Read More...


Youth Programs

The Elks National Foundations offers many opportunities for the youth’s of our nation. Some of these programs are listed below, but are by no means limited to this list.


Hoop Shoot

The yearly Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls ages 8 through 13. The contest starts at the lodge level and advances through district, state and regional contests before the national finals in the spring.


Soccer Shoot

Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country. The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is geared to coincide with this sport phenomenon. From toddlers to teens, in our large urban centers to our small suburban settings, soccer is becoming the sport of choice for our youth. This program is the kind of sporting event to help keep our youth focused and away from undesirable activities.


Drug Awareness

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. The Elks are committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.


Veterans Services

The Elks are passionate and focused on helping the Veterans of our great nation. Our history with the Vets is deep and rich. Some of the programs that we are involved with on a national level are listed below. The Grand Rapids Elks #48 are greatly involved with our local VA hospital and participate in many events at the hospital and have the Vets out to our club several times a year to honor them and spend time with people that have sacrificed for our freedom.

“So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”


Promote Organ Doner

The Elks support organ doners!  Communications and propmotions to engurage signing up.