Charities and Causes
The principles of our Order are Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. Here are some the great charities and causes that we support.
Elks National Foundation
The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, support the charitable work of the state Elks associations, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. Since inception, the ENF has contributed $481.7 million toward Elks charitable projects nationwide. Our programs continue to grow each year, allowing Elks to do even more to build stronger communities.
Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU Casey Eye Institute
With the generous support of the Oregon State Elks Association, the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic has one of the broadest collections of pediatric eye specialists in the nation and in addition to the main clinic in Portland, operates outreach clinics in other communities throughout Oregon. The support of the Oregon State Elks Association also allows the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic to provide vision screening programs to school districts throughout the state.
Camp Meadowood Springs
In May of 1973, the Oregon State Elks Association adopted Camp Meadowood Springs as a major project under the leadership of the Physically Handicapped Committee. In May of 1981, Camp Meadowood became a separate committee of the Oregon State Elks and today it remains as one of the Association’s major projects. The Adventures in Communication program (Formerly the Speech-Language and Hearing Camp) is a unique recreational summer camp experience mixed with an intensive schedule of individualized speech-language therapy for individuals and their families impacted by communication and/or social learning challenges.
National Hoop Shoot Program / Youth Activities
A Free Throw Program for Youth Ages 8-13 that started right here in Corvallis in 1946. With the National Elks beginning funding it in 1972, this program has grown to over 3 million participants nationwide. Through the Hoop Shoot program, the Elks been developing and reinforcing grit for nearly 50 years—long before researchers and experts concluded that grit is so important for our children.
With the exception of the Federal government, the Elks give more money in scholarships than any other group or organization nationwide.
Elks pledge “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”
Once a month our Lodge hosts, prepares, cooks and serves a full brunch to the underprivileged members of the community.
Drug Awareness Program
The largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. We are very proud of our dedicated army of volunteers who freely give their time and talents to this most noble cause. The Elks are committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.
Our Lodge puts on a variety of fundraisers for victims of natural disasters, most recently raising money for families impacted by the wildfire in Paradise, CA.