Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 is the proud recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation (ENF) to help the Lodge address unmet needs in the community. The ENF offers this grant as a competitive grant open to all lodges. A total of 174 lodges throughout the U.S. applied for the grant with 43 lodges selected to receive between $2,500 and $10,000. The ENF awarded Osage Community Elks Lodge with the full $10,000 based on the merits of the project.
The name of the project is "School 1st Responder Program." The project is intended to create a support structure that will facilitate an immediate response to the needs of underprivileged elementary age students, which in turn will serve to promote a healthier, more stable learning environment. Stover, Versailles, Climax Springs and Hurricane Deck schools have been selected to participate in this project. Each school will be assigned one lodge member to team up with one selected school representative for addressing the unique needs of that individual school. The scope will be based on need and may range from providing shoes to an individual student; to serving as a mentor; to giving classroom presentation; or to providing supplemental teaching supplies for a particular classroom.
If this project is a success, the lodge plans to seek additional resources by encouraging other organizations within the community to join forces with the lodge in an on-going effort to use the program as a viable solution for meeting the urgent needs of the local schools.