Charity

The National, State & Local Charities Supported by our Lodge

The BPO Elks is committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism. Since inception, the ENF has contributed more than $429.6 million toward Elks charitable projects nationwide. These charities include, the nation's youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged and handicapped, and in support of patriotic and civic programs. the Order ranks as one of the largest private providers of college scholarships in the nation.We here at the Elks Lodge #378 value our community and have been raising funds to support local and state charities like the ones listed below!
elks national foundation
Our Legacy to the Future

In 1928, one man's dream became a reality for all Elks and the communities we serve. Then-National President John F. Malley envisioned a plan that would “unite the forces of the Order into a mighty army for the service of mankind.” During the annual Grand Lodge Convention in Miami that year, Malley's call to service inspired delegates to take action by voting to establish the Elks National Foundation with an initial $100,000 grant.
More than 87 years after Malley shared his vision with the Order, the ENF continues to unite all Elks in service to their communities.
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 provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; honor the Elks' pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
Through the generosity of our members and the Elks National Foundation, 
Hagerstown Elks 378 was able to donate to two local charities in September of 2015. 
A $2,000 check was presented to CASA and $2,000 to The Children's Village.

Elks Youth Camp Barrett
State Project: Maryland Delaware and District of Columbia Elks Association

Elks Youth Camp Barrett helps young children of all backgrounds grow into responsible maturity through a sustained camping experience which provides a creative, recreational opportunity in group living in the out-of-doors. Camping season for lodge sponsored children runs from June through August, for youth ages 9-13. Elks Youth Camp Barrett is open year-round and is available for use by Lodges, scouting groups, churches and civic groups.
Email: elkscb@verizon.net  
For more information contact Greg Wilkes, PSP, Camp Operations Director, Elks Camp Barrett, 1001 Chesterfield Road, Annapolis, MD, 21401, phone (410) 224- 2945, fax (401) 224-4558, 


WILLIAM J. JERNICK FUND

State Project

The fund was established in 1982 to honor our deceased Grand Lodge Sponsor, PGER William J. Jernick. Its purpose is to assist special needs children in our communities who are under the age of 21. Monies raised are held in a trust fund modeled after the Elks National Foundation in that only the interest earned on the funds investments are available for distribution. The principle is never touched. We re-invest in the youth of our communities.


Toys For Tots
Local Washington County Project
Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378 has join with the Washington County Toys for Tots. The following is information on the Toys for Tots.
MISSION:
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
GOAL:
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
OBJECTIVES:
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.


Food Basket Program

Elks across the nation are helping to ensure that fellow community members don't go hungry over the holidays, and many Lodges have been doing so for years.

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