Updated: August 4, 2020

 

 

ELKS NATIONAL

FOUNDATION COMMITTEE

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Chairperson: Aquila Hilling

Uniontown  Lodge 370 (SW)

77 Dixon Blvd

Uniontown  Pa  15401

724-366-0248 (c)

 

Vice Chairman East: Ronald L Lewis

York Lodge No. 213 (SE)

126 N Duke St

York Pa  17401

 

Vice Chairman West: Walter J. Wieczorek, Jr

Coraopolis Lodge #1090 (W)

1201 Hartford Dr.

Aliquippa, PA  15001
724-378-1370

412-977-6163 (c)

 

Daniel McClain M-NC

Tyrone Lodge #212

1659 Madison Ave

Tyrone PA 16686

814-359-8952

 

Brett Rhone M-NC

Huntington Lodge

2706 Warmsprings Ave

Huntington PA 16652

814-644-9887

 

E Lance Nelson M-NE

Frackville Lodge No. 1533

115 N 2nd St

Frackville PA 17931

570-874-1119

 

Karen Hacker M-NE

Berwick Lodge No. 1138

532 Cemetary Rd

Berwick PA 18603

570-594-0299

 

Leslie Owens M-NW

Erie Lodge #67

2611 W 23rd St

Erie  Pa  16505

814-528-2155

 

Jeffrey Ellsworth M-SE

Ephrata Lodge #1933

500 Mt Airy Rd, House A

Stevens PA  17579

717-615-9262

 

A Keith Hilling M-SW

Uniontown  Lodge 370

77 Dixon Blvd

Uniontown  Pa  15401

724-366-0336

 

Kate Bernard M-W

Allegheny Lodge #339

15 Robertson Place #2

Pittsburgh  Pa  15223

412-791-7625

412-576-9193 (c)

 

William Fribizi M-WC

Wilkins Lodge #577

647 Cascade Rd

Pittsburgh PA 15221

412-897-2721

 

 


Greetings All,

I know life and the world is nothing like it used to be. However, ELKS National Foundation stays constant. The mission of the Elks National Foundation 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. Like all Elks, the Foundation values the belief that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving, we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. We really can use the consistency right now.

Let me share some of Pennsylvania’s achievements of last year. PA Elks had donations to ENF totaling $222,861.05. That amount is 118.072% to GER’s Goal. We had a total of 52 Lodges met or exceeded the GER’s giving goal of $4.75 per member. That is 19 more Lodges than last year. 50 Lodges in PA received $223,000 in grants through the Community Investments Program. Pennsylvania ELKS be Proud for a job well done!!!

Exciting news about Gratitude Grants! Gratitude Grants ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. Every Lodge that met the GER’s per-member-giving goal in the prior fiscal year is eligible for a $2,000 grant. Lodges in which more than 15 percent of its members donated at least $10 will be eligible for a bonus of $500. Lodges that have 10 percent of its members in the Fidelity Club will be eligible for an additional $500 bonus. BOOM $3000.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now experiencing a new normal together. Many things have changed. And, the Community Investments Program must make some adjustments to the Grants this year. The new CIP grant year opened on April 1, with only the Gratitude Grant. Gratitude Grants can be used for a donation to another organization. Normally, we encourage Lodges to use their Gratitude Grants to plan an active project. Instead, given current restrictions on public gatherings and events, consider using the Gratitude Grant to support a food pantry or other organizations in your community that are better equipped to directly serve the people who need help most as we work our way through this pandemic. On June 1, ENF released $3.7 million for the Spotlight Grants. These $2,000 grants are available to every Lodge to shine the light on COVID-19 relief. We are adapting Spotlight guidelines this year. A Lodge can consider a more active use of funds, e.g. purchasing food and supplies and delivering items to a shelter or food pantry. However, if donating directly to an organization in the community like a homeless shelter or food pantry, it will be allowed. The funds must go to directly support pandemic relief and cannot be split between multiple projects.

The Beacon Grants are available August 1st. ENF is relaxing the guidelines this year. If your active projects can be done safely, great. However, flexibility will given this year, donations will be considered to the partner organization the Lodge usually works with, or to an organization providing COVID relief. ENF is offering Beacon Grants at $3500 and will be available to all Lodges.

Both Promise Grants and new Impact Grants have been suspended for this year. Remember to check for additional details on Grants at the ENF grant site on ELKS.org. There is no reason not to apply for this money, all our communities are in need. Please reach out to me or ENF if any help is needed.

Thousands of free money is available to put right back into the communities in which we live. So, my friends, are you doing your part in giving back to ENF? Did you donation this year? Or better yet, join the Fidelity Club and automatically give a little each month. Did you ever try honoring your Birthday with a charity event on Facebook. You can choose to sponsor ENF or PA Home Service. All of us are ordering online. Use Amazon Smile and pick National Foundation. It is easy.

So yes, life is different, and it will never be as we knew it before.

Remember this “Charity is the greatest of all virtues.”

Aquila Hilling, ENF State Chair

Lodges Who Have Met the 2019-2020 GER Goal

Aliquippa, PA, #1221

Allegheny, PA, # 339

Apollo, PA, # 386

Bangor, PA, #1106

Beaver Falls, PA, # 348

Bellefonte, PA, #1094

Berwick, PA, #1138

Bloomsburg, PA, # 436

Braddock, PA, # 883

Bridgeport, PA, # 714

Bristol, PA, # 970

Butler, PA, # 170

Canonsburg, PA, # 846

Carnegie, PA, # 831

Clearfield, PA, # 540

Connellsville, PA, # 503

Coraopolis, PA, #1090

Cranberry, PA, #2249

East Stroudsburg, PA, # 319

Ephrata, PA, #1933

Erie, PA, # 67

Fairless Hills, PA, #2023

Frackville, PA, #1533

Huntingdon, PA, # 976

Indiana, PA, # 931

Johnstown, PA, # 175

Lancaster, PA, # 134

Lebanon, PA, # 631

Leechburg, PA, # 377

Mahanoy City, PA, # 695

New Castle, PA, # 69

North Penn, PA, #1979

Norwin, PA, #2313

Oakmont, PA, #1668

Pittsburgh(South Hills), PA, #2213

Pottstown, PA, # 814

Reading, PA, # 115

Red Lion, PA, #1592

Reynoldsville, PA, # 519

Rochester, PA, # 283

Sayre, PA, #1148

Scottdale, PA, # 777

Sharon, PA, # 103

Tarentum, PA, # 644

Titusville, PA, # 264

Tyrone, PA, # 212

Uniontown, PA, # 370

West Chester, PA, # 853

West Shore, PA, #2257

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, # 109

Wilkins, PA, # 577

York, PA, # 213