Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Coshocton, Ohio, Lodge No. 376

The future of stronger communities begins with youth, and Coshocton, Ohio is off to a great start. Using an Elks National Foundation Promise Grant, Coshocton, Ohio, Lodge No. 376 held events to motivate local youth to be active in the community.

Meals for Many
To encourage sportsmanship among youth, the Elks prepared spaghetti dinners for sports teams from two local high schools before their competitions. These students left knowing they have the support of the Elks as they continue to serve their community in the future. 

“The students learned about the Elks from these dinners,” says Project Manager Marilyn Griffis. “The dinners helped community members realize how the Elks benefit the community.”

A Big Splash
Elks want local youth to have a bright future. The Coshocton Elks partnered with a youth ministry organization to hold a Drug Awareness pool party for more than 100 local kids. At the party, Elks taught the children about the importance of living a drug-free life. To ensure a safe and fun pool party, Elks also taught the youth about water safety.

“The Elks were excited about the opportunity to talk with families,” says Griffis. “Now the community really sees the support that the Elks give to local youth.”

The Elks National Foundation awards $2,000 Promise Grants to the first 500 Lodges that pledge to host an event that helps build the character and competence of local youth. To find out more about Promise Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

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