Greater Spokane Elks Lodge #228
What We Do
To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has established many charitable programs over its history and is still adding to them. Some of the national projects and their latest annual funding, under the auspices of the Elks National Foundation include:
Since inception the Elks National Foundation (ENF) has contributed more than $500 million towards Elks charitable projects nationwide. The ENF also helps provide for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefiting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.
Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by Congress as an official observance.
The Elks have rarely sought recognition, nor have they solicited funds from the general public or from any level of government. In fact the Elks donated the first veterans hospital to the government and they contribute regularly to schools and police and fire departments.
In Washington our State Major Project is the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children. From a single therapist covering Washington State over 65 years ago, the Program has evolved into an integral, vital, and much-appreciated part of the statewide healthcare community. It provides home-based occupational or physical therapy to eligible children with developmental delays or physical disabilities. Services are provided at no cost to the family served.
The present caseload for the fifteen or so Washington Elk therapists averages 25 children per unit. Each unit consists of a licensed therapist, transportation, and equipment. These therapy units are located all across the state of Washington.
Administrative costs for the Program remain very low, thus 86% of each contribution goes directly to its purpose—therapy for children. By providing critical one-on-one pediatric therapy for children most in need, the Washington Elks continue their long tradition of service to our communities.
Our Greater Spokane Lodge provides numerous services to our local Veterans, and Scouts and contributes cash donations to many local charitable causes. Here is a list of local organizations that have recently received donations from Lodge #228: