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First and last, our order exists to help others. This is enshrined in our very name, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. We give individually and institutionally. The charities and activites listed on these pages offer a glimpse of some of the ways we try to help on an ongoing, institutionalized basis. Not listed are the many activities we pursue in more informal ways, such as individual events to raise money for flood victims, or a party that raised $2,500 to help an uninsured young man with medical expenses after he broke his leg snowboarding.

Have a look and see what we're about!

College Scholarships

The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.3 million in college scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors.

See more information about this program on the National Site.

National Veterans Service Commission

In each of the 172 VA Medical Centers there is an Elk committee at work. Literally, thousands of Elks and their families give generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of our ill and aging veterans will be enhanced.

See more information about this program on the National Site.

Drug Awareness

Since its inception in 1983, the Elks Drug Awareness Program has worked to prevent drug use by our youth through education. The Elks recognize that they are not experts in the field of drug education. However, we do have the resources -- in dollars, facilities and volunteers -- to work with the experts to ensure that young people know the facts about drugs. In addition to sponsoring seminars, workshops and drug-free functions, we print and distribute literature developed by authorities on drug awareness.

See more information about this program on the National Site.

The Elks National Hoop Shoot

The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than three million boys and girls, ages 8-13, will participate this year. The Elks "Hoop Shoot" highlights the Elks commitment to America's youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named — one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.

See more information about this program on the National Site.

The Elks National Home

Early in the twentieth century, many Elks felt that the Order should provide a home for aged members. After temporarily using a former hotel in Bedford City, Virginia, the Elks erected a new building in 1916. The Elks National Home is a classic structure on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It provides a home for Elks where they live in complete freedom and personal dignity.

Go to the National Home's Site.

Elks Children's Eye Clinic

The Elks Children's Eye Clinic is the major charitable project of the Oregon State Elks Association. The clinic would not be possible without the organization's commitment to providing eye care for babies and children.

Go to the Elks Children's Eye Clinic site.
Go to the Oregeon State Elks Association.

Meadowood Springs Speech & Hearing Camp

Located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, Meadowood Springs is a summer residential camp and clinic for children with speech and hearing difficulties. Meadowood offers intensive speech therapy to boys and girls referred from all over the United States. The overall staff to camper ratio at Meadowood is approximately one to one, offering an extraordinary degree of contact and support for its campers.

Go to Meadowood Springs.
Go to the Oregeon State Elks Association.

Harrison Fund for College Scholarships

Nationwide, the Elks are the largest source of scholarships after the US government. In the last ten years, the Elks have given over two million dollars in scholarships to Oregon high school seniors. These grants are given regardless of race, creed or national origin and are based on need, scholarship, and leadership.

The Harrison Fund for College Scholarships is specific to our lodge. Each year we distribute about $7,000 in scholarships to local students headed for college.

Wagner Fund for Youth Activities

Many years ago, with much foresight, our members started the Wagner Memorial Fund for Youth Activities. This fund was stared with a modest donation, but over the years (through additional donations from our members and many fund raisers), this fund has grown to over $98,000. What a great thing this has been for our Lodge. We are able to donate about $6,000 each year to the youth activities in our area.

At the start of each Lodge year the Exalted Ruler appoints a committee of three to oversee the affairs of the Wagner Fund. This committee is charged with investing all funds donated, to see that no part of the donated funds (i.e., the principal, as opposed to the interest) are ever spent, and to keep accurate records of the fund’s finances.

At the end of the Lodge year the committee withdraws the earnings for the year. This amount is used for donations to our local youth activities. In recent years, we have supported activities such as:

• Sponsorship of baseball teams all the way from American Legion down to the T-ball teams.
• Donation to the drug & alcohol free graduation parties for the Phoenix and Ashland High Schools.
• Donations to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Camp Fire Boys & Girls.
• Donations to the Boys Club and Girls Club for summer “camperships.”
• Donations to club sports at Ashland High School.

Roberts Trust for Hospitalized Veterans

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Fund for the Victims of Domestic & Sexual Abuse

This is a brand new fund. Look for fund-raisers soon!