Category Archives: Charity

2017 Christmas Baskets

2017 CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM

**THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED**

***VOLUNTEER OPPS FOR CHRISTMAS BASKET ASSEMBLY & DELIVERY**

IMG_0707DECEMBER 15TH Noonish – SORT DONATIONS

DECEMBER 16TH – 7:30 A.M. – LET THE FUN BEGIN!!  Assemble all baskets first. When they are complete, deliver baskets.

Deliver: drivers needed to deliver the baskets. Drivers need to partner with someone; no one goes solo. We will find you someone on delivery day if you don’t have a partner.

Clean up: starts as soon as all the baskets have left the lodge hall.  Those interested and available please come to the lodge on the dates/times listed above. Thank you. Johnny M.

********SHOPPING IDEAS FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NICE TO HAVE’S*******

(All donations welcomed and appreciated!)

TOYS! TOYS! TOYS! – UNWRAPPED – ages newborn to 18

  • Canned fruit/veggies
  • Ground coffee (12oz)
  • Kid type snacks
  • Peanut & Nut Butters
  • Relish Tray Items
  • Hygiene Items
  • Tea & Hot Chocolate
  • Popcorn & Jello
  • Jams & Jelly’s

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CHRISTMAS BASKETS provided through your generous donations, items to prepare a traditional ham or turkey dinner and toys for 50-70 families.

Collection boxes for non-perishable items will be in place Thanksgiving weekend outside the social quarters. Monetary donations in the form of cash or check can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave checks and cash with the bartender on duty or mail/deliver to the office.

Ballard Elks provides through your generous monetary donations the fresh items including: turkeys/hams/fruit/vegetables/butter etc. In order to ensure that each basket has the same basic items, this year we will use funds donated to purchase the basic non-perishable goods that make up the meal.  Items remaining from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 16th after all baskets have been confirmed delivered. THANK YOU!!!

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Blood Drive Success!

The blood drive went really well on yesterday and our team enjoyed their time at this drive. We hope everyone had a great experience too.

Blood Drive Results:

  • Total Registered Donors: 27 people
  • We welcomed 2 first-time donors!
  • Units of Blood Collected: 18 units
  • Lives Saved: Since each donation can save up to three lives, the blood that was collected will help save the lives of up to 54 patients in our community.

Please help us share these amazing results and pass along our thanks to everyone for their contribution!

Most importantly, thank you for your efforts to recruit, promote and plan! You are as much a part of our ongoing success as the donors who share this very special, lifesaving gift.

Since you can donate every 56 days, these donors will be eligible to give blood again by December 6th. Normally, we have two blood drives a year – would you be available and interested to increase our frequency? J

Thank you again for your support to our mission!

Wendy Chu

Donor Resources Representative – North Seattle/South Snohomish

Bloodworks NW

19723 Highway 99 • Suite F • Lynnwood, WA 98036

Help us support the Second Chances Scholarship at the WA State Elks Summer Convention

Goody Bags

Each year, every WA Elks Lodge is sent 4 goody bags to fill, which are then sold for $5 a piece at the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship table at the summer convention. If every lodge brings their 4, that’s $760 which goes towards the scholarship fund. It’s a fun and easy fundraiser. Some of the lodges fill more than those four!

We are looking for people to help fill the bags with goodies, either through donating items or taking one and filling it yourself. Snack bars, individually wrapped candies, small bags of chips, lodge pins are all examples of what we have included in the past.

If you just want to bring a box of snack bars, or a bag of candy, or… whatever you think would make a nice addition to the bags, to the Lodge, you can put it in the blue bin by the display case and we will get the bags filled! If you want to put together your own goody bag, feel free to do so! Just leave it in the bin and we’ll be sure it makes it to the convention.

We must have the bags filled by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

Auction Donations

This year, they are also looking for donations for an auction. The organizer has acquired several pieces of costume jewelry for the auction, and plans on bringing a basket of goods, as well. She has suggested donations of wine or gourmet food to help us put together another basket for the auction. Or… if you have any items you would like to donate to the auction, they would be much appreciated.

Donations needed by June 14th, in order to get them to the convention.

About the Dorothy Yothers 2nd Chances Scholarship:

Open to any female over 25 years of age who plans to pursue an eligible Vocational/Technical course in the state of Washington , above and supplemental to high school or preparatory school level. All applicants must be citizens of the United States of America on the date the application is filed. This application must be filed with The Washington State Elks Association. This scholarship is not intended for women seeking Bachelors Degrees or post graduate degrees.

Application Form

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Help

We are looking for motivated members to volunteer their time and enthusiasm to help out around the lodge.  We have positions for everything from youth activities to community outreach to building maintenance – whatever your interest and passion may be we have something you can help out with.  Please contact our Volunteer Chair – volunteer@ballardelks.org

Some specific needs we have currently:

  • Elks National Foundation Coordinator
    • Your lodge needs a volunteer to step up and help our grant writer match grants with ideas and volunteers to make things happen.   Duties include recognizing items that a grant from the Elks National Foundation can fund and working with our Grant Writer to get the funds to the right person to make great things happen and motivating someone to come up with an idea that an Elks National Foundation Grant can fund.  We have a very able grant writer, now we need the go between person.
  • Safety & Accident Prevention Committee
    • Our lodge needs volunteers to create and run our Accident Prevention Program, with one member designated as Accident Prevention Manager, to continually review and implement a policy, in concert with Grand Lodge and State Association programs, to protect the Lodge from claims for accidents and injuries.
  • Vocational Scholarship Committee
    • We need volunteers to organize, promote and run a Vocational Scholarship Committee.  Our state has money to give away to both graduating seniors and adult reeducation that simply does not get used.  You will be creating this committee from the ground up and figuring out how to make it work but how cool will it be to GIVE AWAY money to people in our community?

Please contact our Volunteer Chair – volunteer@ballardelks.org

Christmas food basket

Christmas Baskets for Needy Families

 

12311085_1300690466623455_4788661326415621035_nMany of us will sit down this holiday season with family and friends to give thanks for all that we have been given.  Others are not so fortunate. Not knowing how you will feed yourself or your family can be heartbreaking.

Every year the Ballard Elks 827 Lodge puts together Christmas baskets containing a Turkey or Ham, sides and a toy for each child.  If you would like to help with a food, charitable contribution, or even helping us putting these together and delivering them; here are the details:

Donations will be accepted up to December 16th, extra food items will be donated to Ballard Food Bank.  We will sort the donated and purchased food items throughout the afternoon to be ready to put baskets together starting 7:30am December 17th.

After the baskets are boxed, the families receiving the baskets will be assigned to drivers for delivery (maybe as early as 10-10:30am).

If you want to help assemble the baskets please show up at the lodge at 7:30am on December 17th.

We will be making deliveries (2 people per delivery car) after 10:00am

We usually provide 50 (or more) Christmas Baskets for needy families in our communities

Food Wish List

Cranberry Sauce , Marshmallows, Evaporated milk, Candy Canes, Canned Pumpkin,  Jell-O, Canned pineapple, Popcorn, Canned yams, French Fried onions, Stuffing mix, corn muffin mix,  Gravy packets for ham & poultry,  Canned vegetables, cream of mushroom soup

Cat/dog food (smaller bags if dry), Cat litter, Cat/dog toys,
Unwrapped toys for boys & girls
Hygiene items always appreciated
Ballard Elks provides, through your generous monetary donations, fresh items including: turkeys/hams/apples/oranges/celery/carrots/onions/potatoes/pie crusts/biscuits/butter etc. Residual items from this program will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank on December 19th.

Monetary donations in the form of cash or checks can be made at any time. Make checks payable to Ballard Elks, and note: Christmas Baskets on the check. Leave with the bartender on duty or mail to the office.

Questions / RSVP to Volunteer:

Johnny Muzevic: jmuzballardelks@hotmail.com / (206) 582-9688

 

Special opportunity to support our Exalted Ruler, Jake Hall, for upcoming Seattle MS Walk! Register today.

Please walk with Team Hall and Ballard Elks Lodge #827 Exalted Ruler, Jake Hall, on April
10, 2016, for MS Walk.  All are welcome. Register here!  

Jake Hall and family.

Jake Hall wanted nothing more than to be a strong husband and parent one day when the MS hit.  

In April 2015, after the shock wore off from being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, our own Exalted Ruler, Jake Hall, rallied to raise $7,000 in the Seattle MS Walk.  With the support of his family, fiancee, friends and lodge, Jake’s effort received special commendation from the MS Society for “Rookie team of the year!”   It was such a great experience that this year, Jake Hall has set the bar higher with a goal to raise $10,000.

How can you help Jake Hall, Exalted Ruler of Ballard Elks Lodge #827, tackle MS?

  1. Register to walk or run under the banner of Team Hall.  It’s a lovely route set up just for the 5.5 mile MS Walk in the heart of Seattle, along the water starting around the University of Washington. (map)
  2. Bring your friends, family and co-workers to walk with you under the banner of Team Hall.  All are welcome.  It’s free, easy and rewarding – have them register here.
  3. Once you are registered and listed under Team Hall, ask your friends and family to support your trek with a small donation.  All proceeds go to MS Society and count towards Team Hall’s contribution.
  4. Donate to MS Society for Team Hall now.    

Many employers have a matching program where you can double your impact. See link in the donor form or click here to find out if you can double your impact.

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People with MS might appear drunk due to involuntary body movements, but they are not drunk.

Elks invited to show solidarity with Exalted Ruler; join Team Hall and walk with Jake.

Any Elk ever touched by MS is especially invited to walk, run or saunter with us in the beautiful Spring air (April 10, 2016 ). It will be a blast to walk or run under the banner of Team Hall! Let’s show Seattle how the Elks rally for and support each other. Sign up to walk with Team Hall now.

After you have signed up, please ask your friends and family to support your feat of athleticism with a donation. They can do that easily online at the Team Hall page on MS Society website. Proceeds for all walkers and runners will be pooled under Team Hall and go to MS Society.

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Team Hall in the house! Rookie Team of the Year in MS Walk Seattle 2015.

If you are not able to walk with us on April 10 or donate,  you can still help in other ways:

  • Recruit and encourage others to register as part of Team Hall on MS Society website.
  • Share this with businesses whose employees might participate, especially if they have a matching program.

Jake Hall has said that he is an open book.  He is happy to answer questions about MS anytime; just ask.  Click to learn more about Jake Hall.

Contact:  Jake Hall, (206) 919-1331 or jakehall827elks@gmail.com

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Help Your Lodge!

Elks National Foundation

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Our Lodge was assessed $4.60 per member for the 2015 calendar year based on our membership role of 980 members at the beginning of this year. That assessment comes to $4508.00 that our lodge is required donate to the Elks National Foundation. This amount is above and beyond any portion of our membership dues that is allocated to the Elks National Foundation.

Our current per capita donation level is sitting at just $2.89, barely over 60% of our goal and sadly this amount ranks us at #37 out of 38 lodges in the state of Washington and one of only 8 lodges in our state that have not met the per capita goal of $4.60.

The Ballard Elks Lodge Needs Your Help!

Make your donation today!

Donate in the Office or Online – https://enf.elks.org/donate

Be Sure to Include Lodge #827 on the Form!

The Elks National Foundation allocated $9.77 million this year to fund the Community Investments Program. Lodges meet local needs in Elks communities through Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact Grants. These grants offer Lodges opportunities to serve the community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, please visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Cross the ENF off your Christmas list when shopping online this holiday season. Thanks to the ENF’s partnerships with AmazonSmile, eBay Giving Works, iGive, GiveBackAmerica and American Express, you can give to the ENF with ease while shopping online.

Learn More: Visit enf.elks.org/AlternativeGiving to start shopping.

 

 

 

6th Annual Ballard Elks “Polar Bear Plunge”

pledgeorplungeAre going to Pledge or Plunge this coming New Years Day, January 1, 2016?

The 6th Annual Ballard Elks “Polar Bear Plunge” will start out at the Beach next to the Lodge at 1PM New Years Day, January 1, 2016. Following the plunge, spend the day warming up and watching football in the lodge. We’ll have hot drink specials, hotdogs and hamburgers and a potluck!

If you have decided to PLUNGE… It’s time to start collecting your pledges! The Pledge forms will be available at the bar and your pledges will benefit the Elks Charity of your choice.

If you have decided to PLEDGE…make sure to find an Elk Brother or Sister who has decided to freeze for our charities and fill out their pledge form.

There will be prizes for the best attire, so get creative!!

Ballard Elks Girl Scouts Open House – A Big Success!

Wowee! The Ballard Elks Girl Scout Troop #40827 had an OUTSTANDING turnout at our open house on Wednesday night!! 23 girls! Yes twenty-three girls showed up with 40 parents in tow. The girls were masterfully entertained by Elk member Terri Booth – as these photos will confirm. Robin Haley put together an excellent program for the parents and we had 2 parents sign up to be Elks members on the spot. We will keep you posted on how many register. The first Girl Scout meeting at the lodge is Wednesday, December 2nd – and it’s not too late to sign up. If interested in joining the troop or volunteering as troop leadership contact 827girls@ballardelks.org