Veterans Leather Program

Veterans Leather Program

For many patients in VA hospitals, time can move slowly between visits from family and friends. In addition to holding events and providing friendship to veterans in VA hospitals, Elks also provide the tools for veterans to take up a new skill.

The Veterans Leather Program relies on the charity of hunters across the nation to donate hides so they can be turned into leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.

Leather is also used to provide professionally-crafted gloves for veterans in wheelchairs, which are distributed at veterans adaptive sports clinics and gatherings throughout the country. Click here to read more about the sports clinics!

Each year, thousands of Elks step up to help out with this program, offering their time, energy and skills to serve veterans. Their gifts help to create thousands of gloves and therapy kits provided to veterans at no charge.

Please note that this program is currently active in only a handful of states, listed below. If you are not in one of these locations, we unfortunately cannot accept your donated hides at this time. We hope to expand our locations in the future so keep an eye on this page!

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

In 2022-23:

11 states collected 16,229 hides.

1,378 veterans received free wheelchair gloves.

64,587 square feet of leather was donated by Elks to provide free craft kits for recovering veterans.

8,800 veterans received craft kits from the Elks.

Resources for Veterans Leather Program volunteers:

Dennis McAleese is enjoying a well-earned retirement. Please send all leather, glove, and craft kit order forms to the ENVSC Office in Chicago, as indicated on the forms.

Check out other Elks Veterans Programs! Learn about the Adopt-a-Veteran, Elks VA Voluntary Service and Welcome Home Programs, and Freedom Grants.

Questions? Email or call 773/755-4736.

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