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Elks Community Builder of the Week

 Union, N.J., Lodge No. 1583

Life’s a picnic when shared with the Elks. With the help of an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant, Union, N.J., Lodge No. 1583 collaborated with the Lodge’s Veterans’ Committee to host a picnic for veterans living at two local VA hospitals.

The picnic allowed the veterans to spend the day in the sun and the fresh air. As some Elks cooked fresh hamburgers and steak sandwiches, others provided good company. The Elks ensured that the veterans left with everything they needed—a full stomach, new friends, clothing, and coupons for the hospital commissary.

“The veterans were able to sit, talk and eat on this beautiful day,” says Project Manager Danielle Reed. “It was great the Lodge, the Veterans’ Committee and the VA hospital could work together to make this a special day. We had a wonderful time serving those who served our country.”

Did your Lodge meet the National President’s per-member-giving goal in 2012-13? There is still time to apply for a Gratitude Grant! Applications are due online May 31. Click here to get started today.

The Elks National Foundation helps Lodges serve their communities by offering $2,000 Gratitude Grants. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the National President’s per-member goal for giving to the Foundation. To find out more about Gratitude Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.  

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