Army of Hope
The Army of Hope is a program of the Florida State Elks Association
established in 2007. Its mission is to provide aid and assistance to the
families of deceased, disabled, and deployed members of the military.
The families of Florida active duty military personnel, military
reservists, Coast Guard, the National Guard, and/or their dependents are
eligible. An active duty member stationed in Florida with his/her
dependents would qualify as a Florida resident.
Since its inception, the Army of Hope has raised $242,784 for
families of deployed military members. The help you give through the
Florida Army of Hope allows the military member to safely concentrate on
his/her duties without worrying about the family at home. The Army of
Hope also assists returning veterans with costs to re-establish their
civilian life after deployment.
Examples of aid assistance include:
- School lunches
- Medical and dental emergencies not covered by insurance
- Minor home repairs (plumbing, painting, etc.)
- Auto repairs or transportation when needed
- Full-time or back-up babysitting
- Phone cards to contact loved ones
- Lawn mowing, landscaping, sprinkler repairs
- A/C and major appliance repairs
- Clothing, shoes
In 2009 the Army of Hope began bringing dependent children of
deployed military personnel to our Florida Elks Youth Camp. It has been a
great opportunity for the kids to relax with their peers and enjoy our
Individual aid requests may be made by submitting a completed
Assistance Request Form to your local Elks Lodge. The Lodge will review
the request and submit it to the District Veterans’ Service Chairman.
The District Chairman will then submit the request for final approval to
the Army of Hope Committee.
The time to process an application for aid may take as long as four
weeks. Emergency requests may be expedited at the request of a local
Click HERE for Army of Hope Assistance Request Form (pdf).
Click HERE for Army of Hope Donation Form (pdf).
Florida Elks Youth Camp
The Florida Elks Youth Camp, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, is
dedicated to enriching the lives of children from the state of Florida.
The camp staff presents a safe camp experience that contributes to each
camper's mental, physical, and social growth. The Florida Elks Youth
Camp (FEYC), a project of the Florida State Elks Association, is located
on 405 acres of rolling hills, forests, lakes, and open space in Marion
County, Florida. The Florida Elks are proud that our camp is accredited
by the American Camping Association and is recertified every three
years to assure compliance and a safe camping environment for children.
The camp has a ratio of one counselor and one counselor in training
to every seven campers. The camp opened its doors in 1991 to all of the
children of Florida and has played a pivotal role in the development of
so many children. It offers them countless opportunities that have not
previously been available to them. Their team-building skills are
improved, they have access to state of the art recreational equipment,
and they have a chance to enjoy themselves in a caring, social setting
where the good of the children is always the priority. Who uses the
camp? We offer summer camp opportunities to any Florida child as well as
Elks' children and grandchildren at a modest cost for one or two weeks.
However, we don't turn away those unable to pay. Additionally, the camp
is used year-round by a wide variety of organizations dedicated to
enriching the lives of children in general and underprivileged and
disabled children in particular.
The camp has become one of the finest of its kind in the country. It
is already a facility that Florida Elks take pride in, and it is a
popular place for Florida's young people, as thousands use it every
year. We hope that, at some point, you are able to visit the youth camp
when visiting in the area.
Childrens Therapy Services
Florida Elks Children's Therapy
Services provides physical therapy and occupational therapy to Florida
children who do not have easy access to these services. These services
are provided in the patient's home without regard to the ability to pay.
This program strives to provide the highest quality services possible
to this special population.
This rehabilitation is carried out in the patient’s home because of
the absence of these services locally or because of the patient being
medically infirmed at home. Priority is given to children who do not
have ready access to therapy as a result of financial considerations.
Therapists are employed by the Florida Elks and are licensed to
practice by the state of Florida. With 23 mobile units, our therapists
are treating children throughout the state covering most of its 67
Therapy Services Facts
Over the last 13 years, our therapists have:
- Traveled over 6,088,897 miles
- Treated 6,714 children
- Completed 146,284 treatments
- Provided 168,261 hours of patient therapy
- Participated in 11,316 hours of continuing education
The services received by patients who meet eligibility requirements
are absolutely free. Children’s Therapy Services does not receive any
financial assistance from any level of government. Instead, we receive
funding from the earnings from the Harry-Anna Trust, Elks state Lodges,
Florida Elks Ladies organizations, the Elks National Foundation, and
from generous public donations.
The cost to provide such exceptional services totaled $2,580,761 for 2012-2013.
The first step in being considered for admission to the therapy
services program is to contact the Elks Lodge in your community or call
the Program Administrator at 1-800-523-1673 ext. 240 and request an
As soon as the application is
received, it will be reviewed to determine if the therapy program is
appropriate for the patient’s needs. If the patient is accepted into the
program, a regular weekly home visitation schedule is established.
Parents are required to be present so they can carry out treatments
between visits by the therapist.
Of everything that the Florida Elks do,
perhaps nothing is more important than our work with the state’s youth.
Sowing the seeds of accomplishment and commitment through our Florida
Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp programs,
children are given the opportunity to grow and learn beyond their
Harry-Anna Trust Fund
The Harry-Anna Trust Fund was
established in 1951. The purpose of this charitable trust was, and
continues to be, the collection of donations, the selling of trust fund
certificates, and the acceptance of endowed gifts.
The name of the trust fund derives its
name from Harry Miller, an Elks member, and his wife, Anna. In 1931,
Harry Miller donated his hotel building in Umatilla, Florida to the
Florida Elks to be converted into the Harry-Anna Crippled Children’s
Home. The hospital eventually grew to become the Florida Elks Children’s
Therapy Services program which now covers most of Florida’s 67
The trust fund is restricted, which means that only the income
derived from it may be used to support our major projects: the Florida
Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp programs.
CLICK HERE to see how we are investing in our state’s future by changing children’s lives today.
Federal Tax Savings
A contribution to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund is a tax deductible
donation to a U.S. tax code 501(c)(3) organization. Continuing changes
in the federal tax code make the counsel of professional tax and legal
advisors essential to a donor who may benefit financially from a well
Click HERE to make a onetime donation or to purchase a new Harry-Anna certificate or to make a payment on an existing certificate.
Click HERE for a Harry-Anna Trust Fund donation form.
The mission of the HOPE Scholarship is to provide financial support
for the educational needs of Florida high school seniors without which
they would not be able to achieve their educational objectives. Since
its inception in 2010, it has provided thousands of dollars annually to
students across the state. The commitment of time and effort put forth
by the Lodges, district, and state committees, all working together,
results in the awarding of these scholarships.