If someone asks what The Elks do... you can share these numbers with them...
There are more than 1,900 lodges across the country. With membership nearing 800,000; The Elks are able to support our communities in many ways. Elk Volunteers have visited thousands of veterans and active military this year. As a whole, The Elks will provide food, care items, therapeutic items, host holiday festivities and recreational activities at bases and hospitals and always stay ready to support those who protect us. Last year alone, The Elks provided more than $32,000,000 to more than 300 Veterans Administration Medical Centers. The Elks have also pledged $4,000,000 towards ending Veterans Homelessness.
Additionally, The Elks receive thousands of scholarship applications from high school seniors across the country. Annually, The Elks award more than $4,000,000 in college scholarships.
Beyond all of this, The Elks will still award $10,000,000 towards enriching our communities through The Elks Community Investment Program.
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Francis J. Decibus -
Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler