Douglas Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home:
Veterans Committee Chairperson, along with several of our members,
visit our Veterans Home at least twice a month. They assist with the
bingo games, ice cream socials, and various other activities. We also
participate in the Homeless Veterans Standdown which helps homeless
Veterans get meals, haircuts, showers, counceling and other provisions
for their livelihood and safety. We also participate on a Veterans
Committee that is working to restore and move a Mobile Vietnam Veterans
Wall to our area for its final resting place.
Charlotte County Education for the Homeless:
March of 2012, the Lodge completed the 5 year contract with Charlotte
County School System Education for the Homeless Program. During these 5
years, we donated $30,000 helping over 260 students and their
families. We provided this funding to assist homeless high school
students in their efforts to remain in school and to ease their
financial burden while continuing their education.
in April of 2012, the Lodge continued this program by working directly
with Lemon Bay High School. Ten homeless students graduated in 2013, of
which 6 where provided graduation packages, allowing them to graduate
along side their classmates.
CCSO Project Lifesaver:
Our Lodge partners with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in their Project
Lifesaver program to provide limited funding and manpower. This program
works with primarily the elderly who suffer from Alzheimers Disease or
Dementia. A qualified individual will receive a wrist bracelet that is a
radio frequency transmitter that will allow us to electronically track
the individual should they wonder and become lost. Two of our members
make monthly rounds of all clients to replace the batteries in the
bracelets. The Lodge has donated $2000 to this project in 2013.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets for Needy Families:
Thanksgiving we provide needy families with a Thanksgiving food basket
including a large turkey. We receive recommendations for families that
are in need from several community agencies. Members donate food items,
as well as dry goods and the Lodge purchases all the turkeys.
Angel Tree Christmas Gifts for Needy Families:
after Thanksgiving, we put up our Christmas Tree and decorate it with
Angel Tree Cards. These cards provide the names of children, given to us
by school counselors, who would not have any Christmas presents. Our
members choose a card for a child of a certain age group and gender and
shop for the gifts on the child's wish list. Gifts are then brought back
to our Lodge. wrapped and set up on tables awaiting the families to come
pick them up. In addition to their wish list, each child is provided
with a new outfit. What a thrill.
CCSO Christmas Shop With a Cop:
with a Cop is a
program through the Charlotte County Sheriffs Office which provides
needy children with the opportunity to shop for Christmas presents with a
Deputy for their family members. Each child receives a $100 Walmart
giftcard and is escorted through the store with a Deputy. filling the
shopping cart with gifts from their wish list. Our Lodge makes a
donation to the Sheriffs Office every year and provides up to 10 Elk
members to help line up and register the children, and place each child
with a Deputy for their shopping experience.
Englewood Area Cancer Foundation:
Englewood Area Cancer Foundation (EACF) is dedicated to helping those
fighting cancer and their caregivers with support from the community.
Our Lodge makes an annual sponsor donationn to support EACF.