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A Community Force
Bremerton, Wash., Lodge No. 1181 is a force in their community, utilizing Community Investments Grants to provide disaster preparedness for local youth. In 2020, the Lodge received an Impact Grant, they expanded their outreach and work with Kids Up Head Start Program to provide more than 4,000 books to kids living in low-income households. (Runtime: 2 mins., 50 secs.) There's a need out there; we'll help you tackle it. elks.org/cip. Production, Post-Production: Folio Films, Chicago and New York
Take A CIP: Episode 10
The 2021-22 grants deadline is just days away! The deadline to apply is Monday, January 17. Programs Coordinators Meaghan Morris and Sam Kayuha give an overview of the three available grants and how to use them. The ENF office will be closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Day, so if you have questions about your grant application, contact the Community Investments Program office at LodgeGrants@elks.org or 773-755-4730.
Take A CIP Episode 9: Impact Grant Announcement
It's the most wonderful time of the year—a new class of Impact Grant recipients is here! In today's extra special episode, CIPster Meaghan Morris announces the new 2022 Impact Grant Lodges.
Take a CIP | Episode 8
It's a family affair! Mother-daughter duo Jill and Paulette Goheen of Huntington, W.V., Lodge No. 313, join the show to discuss how their Lodge supports foster youth in their community with clothes, food, supplies and a brand-new playset. #ElksAlwaysCare
Elks Change the News
As the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold last spring, Elks Lodges were shuttered. People were getting sick. Healthcare workers were overwhelmed. One in six Americans faced food insecurity by the end of the summer. Then, the Community Investments Program grant year opened. Elks said, “not in my community.” With CIP grants and an unwavering commitment to service, we changed the news.
Midday Minute: Episode 10
Watch to see which Lodges will receive a new Impact Grant to build stronger communities in 2020. Tune into the Midday podcast (enf.elks.org/Midday) on Friday evening to learn which Lodges will receive renewal funding. Today's Minute brings us to Jim's office as it transforms to a studio for this very special episode. (Runtime: 11 mins., 24 secs.)
Shine a Spotlight on Service: Spotlight Grant How-To
The Community Investments Program debuted the Spotlight Grant in 2019-20. Every Lodge will have the opportunity to use this $2,000 grant to shine a light on two important issues facing nearly every American community—family literacy and homelessness among our nation’s veterans. This video explains how the Spotlight Grant works and features a grant in action. Hyannis, Massachusetts, Lodge No. 1549 uses a Spotlight Grant to address family literacy through a Community Baby Shower project. (Runtime: 4 mins., 17 secs.)
CIP Grants: Opened Doors
CIP Grants have opened doors in the Oshkosh community. Pam Schedivy, Grants Coordinator at Oshkosh, Wis., Lodge No. 292 and members of the Lodge are using an Impact Grant to run the The Feed, Read & Arts Program to address childhood illiteracy and food insecurity, and to provide cultural arts programs at a local elementary school. Watch this video to learn more. (Runtime: 7 mins., 34 secs.)
Do Good Things Together
Learn how the CIP transformed Hopkins Lodge and the community in this film about the 2017 CIP Volunteer of the Year, Gretchen Peterson. (Runtime: 6 mins., 40 secs.)
Susan Good, 2016 CIP Volunteer of the Year
Meet Susan Good, the dynamo who helped transform Fresno, Calif., Lodge through the Community Investments Program. She's the CIP Volunteer of the Year for 2016. (Run time: 3 mins., 35 secs.)
When Their Service Ends, Ours Begins
Need ideas for your grant projects that serve veterans? In this video, the chief of voluntary service at a VA medical center breaks down the needs of today's veterans. Check it out.
Jeff Mitchell, the 2015 CIP Volunteer of the Year
Jeff Mitchell is the 2014-15 Community Investments Program Volunteer of the Year. Mitchell leads the Lodge in the use of an Impact Grant. Through the EFELT project, Elks partner with local schools to identify youth in need, and provide them with a backpack of food each Friday afternoon as they leave school.
The CIP's 10th Birthday Tribute
The Community Investments Program turns 10 in 2015. Learn about the Foundation's largest and fastest growing program in this video tribute.
Naugatuck Lodge's Senior Home Work Project
Check out this short video about Naugatuck, Conn., Lodge's longstanding Impact Grant project.
Coos Bay Lodge's Share Bear Snack Pack Project
The Coos Bay, Ore., Elks have been using their Impact Grant to provide weekend relief for food-insecure kids.
2011 Community Investments Program Video
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