While most charities devote a portion, if not all of their funds to research questions, the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Program has steadfastly dedicated itself to helping children and parents cope with medical problems today. They strive to provide those services, treatments, and equipment needed to ease a child’s daily burden in coping with a physical problem. Many cases are very complex, and require custom designed braces, wheelchairs and treatment programs. Others may simply be the provision of corrective shoes or physical/occupational therapy services for three to six months. In all cases, they work to be certain appropriate insurance and state benefits are applied before the Elks provide assistance. In this manner, they stretch their available dollars to help as many children as possible. Conversely, where no insurance or government benefits are available, they provide assistance in the cost of treatment as needed. Many times the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Program help parents pay the high deductible of their health insurance. They also help with continuing treatment costs which can overwhelm a family budget.
The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. They fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. The ENF provide tomorrow’s leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; honor the Elks pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.
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