CHICAGO, ILL. — Local Elks Lodges from every state nationwide, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and the Panama Canal Zone, will be busy helping our communities this holiday season. Thousands of financially struggling families will receive food baskets and presents, for example, Rockland Lodge #1008 will donate 100 or more food baskets this year in cooperation with the local Salvation Army.

Elk volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans who have protected our freedoms. The Elks vow “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Elks support both active military forces and Veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts, host holiday celebrations and recreational activities at bases and hospitals, as well as stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the value of Elks’ contributions to the nation’s heroes provided more than $45 million to more than 300 Veterans Administration Medical Centers, clinics, and state care facilities.

The Elks will receive thousands of scholarship applications in December from high school seniors across the nation, with nearly $5 million being distributed annually, with Maine students receiving $44 thousand, while Rockland Lodge #1008 distributes an additional $20 thousand to Midcoast students. The Elks Community Investment Program (CIP) will award nearly $15 million towards enriching our communities, and the Midcoast of Maine receives $10,500 from Rockland Lodge #1008 CIP projects. Elks Lodges nationwide donated more than $381 million last year to the communities they serve throughout the United States, and its territories with Rockland Lodge #1008 contributing its fair share.

There are nearly 1,800 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership of around 800,000. Elk’s members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age, and must believe in God. To learn more, and to join us in service, visit www.elks.org. For membership information visit Join.Elks.Org.

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