In the 2018-19 lodge year, the Kenton Elks was able to provide $1500 to the Kenton Police Department to help equip its new K-9 officer; an-other $1500 to the Kenton Fire Department for the purchase of new and improved fire & particulate hoods for all its firefighters; and $500 to the Hardin County Sheriff Department for its annual Shop With A Cop program. These donations came from a combined Gratitude and Anniversary Grant from the Elks National Foundation.
In July, our lodge was able to provide additional funds to forty 4-H members to attend the annual 4-H Camp at Camp Ohio with a $2000.00 Gratitude Grant from the 2017-18 lodge year. Jodine McKinley was the facilitator for this project.
We applied for and received a $2500.00 ENF Promise Grant which supplemented the GEMS program of Heartbeat of Hardin County; we also received the ENF $2000.00 Beacon Grant which provides supplies for Heartbeat’s “Bridges” program. An average of 10 girls in grades 7 & 8, participate in the eight-week GEMS program which is offered twice during the school year. The “Bridges” program sees an average of 30 families in the program which is held the last Tuesday of every month. Julie Crowe is your Elks representative and volunteer for these pro-grams; she is assisted by Vicki Miller.
Back in November, our lodge used a $2000.00 Freedom Grant from the Elks National Veterans Service Association to fund a field trip to the American Civil for our local Veterans and their families, as well as provide supplies for gift boxes for our troops with the Blue Star Mothers, and to provide Blessing Bags to our veterans in area nursing homes. David Faulkner is your chairman for the Lodge Veterans Committee.
Please remember the Elks National Foundation in your yearly/monthly/daily giving – with the help of ENF grants, we can continue to show Kenton and Hardin County that “ELKS CARE – ELKS SHARE” !
Thanks – Julie Crowe, Lodge Grant Administrator