ELKS VETERAN SERVICES
This year marked The Seattle Elks participation in the Seattle Stand Down for Homeless Vets. The Stand Down was held at Seattle Central Community College and was attended by Service Providers from the Seattle VA, IRS, Several Law Firms, Free Dental & Hair Cut Services were also available. There were many donated items of new clothing, boots, sleeping bags and packs available as well. The Seattle Elks prepared and distributed 765 individual sack lunches to homeless Veterans.
At the 1917 Elks National Convention, Member R.E. Umbel, Uniontown PA Lodge #370 proposed the following resolution: “Resolved: That the sum of One Million Dollars be appropriated by the Grand Lodge to be known as “The War Relief Fund,” such funds to be contributed by our Subordinate Lodges.” (That’s 70 Million in today’s dollars)
In the beginning, there were two fully equipped Base Hospitals funded by our Order. Base Hospital #41 was organized from the faculty and alumni of the University of Virginia. The second, Base Hospital, #46 was organized at the University of Oregon. These two hospitals were transported overseas in support of our troops in France.
The Seattle Stand Down for Homeless Vets
The Great War - Elks War Relief
THERAPY PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
Since 1954 the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children has provided home-based occupational or physical therapy to children with developmental delays or physical disabilities. Services are provided at no cost to the family served.
From a single therapist covering Washington State over 50 years ago, the program has evolved into an integral, vital, and much appreciated part of the statewide healthcare community. The success of any program is reflected in its longevity and its value to the community and the individuals it serves. Through providing critical one-on-one pediatric therapy for children most in need, the Washington Elks continue their long tradition of service to our community.
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ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION (ENF)
In 1928, one man's dream became a reality for all Elks and the communities we serve. Then-National President John F. Malley envisioned a plan that would “unite the forces of the Order into a mighty army for the service of mankind.” During the annual Grand Lodge Convention in Miami that year, Malley's call to service inspired delegates to take action by voting to establish the Elks National Foundation with an initial $100,000 grant.
Nearly 90 years after Malley shared his vision with the Order, the ENF continues to unite all Elks in service to their communities.
For more information: http://www.elks.org/enf/background.cfm