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Viera Elks Lodge #2817 provided $150 to 11 veterans transitioning to permanent housing to use for furniture and household items. The program is VOA/SSVF (Volunteers of America/Supportive Services for Veterans/Families) Transitional Housing Program. The funds were provided by the lodge’s Focus Grant. The shopping trips are conducted at Down the Road Thrift, a local veteran-owned thrift shop. The lodge provided $1,037.58 to veterans in need for rental and utility assistance. Additionally, the lodge provided five $50 gift cards using the lodge general charity fund to veterans for Thanksgiving dinners for them and their families.


1774 wab

Vero Beach Lodge held its annual Christmas program for Wabasso School, a special-education school serving students ages 5-22 which offers four program models: intensive, integrated, behavioral and transition programs. Staff members provide instruction within a safe and positive learning environment that positively impacts students to develop their academic and independent living skills to meet post-secondary goals and successful community integration. The Elks provide gifts, cupcakes and juice, and Santa Claus distributes gifts to all the students. 


1774 tots

Vero Beach Lodge held its annual Toys for Tots drive. The lodge is noted for its donations of bicycles; this year they donated 16 bikes and helmets along with many other gifts.


1774 dics

Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774 completed its annual dictionary project with Paul Diaz, PER, project manager, and Ray Ketchum delivering 1,000 dictionaries to 12 Indian River County, Florida, schools. Because of the pandemic, the dictionaries were dropped off at the schools and the schools dispersed the dictionaries. Pictured are Diaz and Ketchum with one of the schools’ representatives.


A $1,000 check was presented by Richard Miller, Vero Beach Exalted Ruler, to Rey Navarro, Director of Village Operations for the Hibiscus Children’s Center, a facility that has saved and rescued the lives of children and teens who have been abused, since 1985.