What We Do

The Waterloo Elks Lodge believes in investing in its youth, its Veterans and its community. The Lodge has several different charities that target these needs within the community.


Supporting America’s Youth

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, with more than 2,100 Lodges in communities across the nation, offers many no cost programs that can be used by your schools to provide a better education and more opportunities to enrich the lives of your students.

The Elks are building a better future for our youth. The Elks develop after school programs throughout the United States of America. Our community’s young people are partners in the Elks community service programs.


Elks “Hoop Shoot”

At an Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw Contest, local Lodges work in cooperation with your elementary or middle school to create a no cost competition that’s fierce, but fun. Boys and girls in one of the three age groups, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, attempt to sink free throws to prove their net-stuffing skills. Competitions begin in the fall term and conclude in April. The winners from the contest from your school or parks program earn the right to advance to a local competition, where another victory may place the hoop-shooting hopefuls on the path to district, state, regional, and even national championships.

Since its origin in 1946, the Elks “Hoop Shoot” has grown to include more than three million participants annually, making it the largest co-educational sports program in the country.


Girl and Boy Scout Certificate

Our Lodges can help your students outside of the classroom, too. We support Girls and Boys Clubs; 4-H programs; youth athletics and arts programs, including Little League, football and soccer teams, debate and speech programs; fine arts contests, and other local youth organizations. Our Lodges also sponsor Scout troops, offering our Lodges as meeting places and the presentation of the Eagle Scout certificate and flag. We are proud to work with thousands of youth groups and organizations, ensuring that no child is ignored or forgotten.


Drug Awareness and Prevention

At absolutely no cost to you, the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program will provide your community and schools with information, such as coloring books for younger children and brochures and materials for older youth, to help encourage your youth to make smart and healthy lifestyle choices.

Each year, we sponsor drug awareness essay contests that can be used in our schools as well as regularly host or sponsor drug- and alcohol- free dances and graduation parties.

These no-cost programs and free learning materials are available for your community and schools, but we can help your students in other ways, too. Many of our local Elks Lodges and state Elks Associations can provide for special-needs children and also offer additional programs for every youth.


Scholarship Contests

The Elks National Foundation is committed to building a better future. The Foundation annually awards more than $3 million in college scholarships to tomorrow’s leaders. The Foundation’s scholarship programs include:


Most Valuable Student

The Elks National Foundation awards more than $2 million in college scholarships to a total of 500 high school senior nationwide through this contest. Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply. The top female and male recipients each receive $60,000 over four years. The second and third place recipients receive $40,000 and $20,000 respectively. In addition, the Foundation awards 494- $4,000 scholarships.


Vocational Grants

It is open to high school seniors or any nontraditional student pursuing a 2-year degree or less. The Iowa Elks Association gives a minimum of 12 – $500.00 scholarships awarded in May. Applications are to picked up and dropped off at the Lodge Secretary’s office.


Emergency Grants

It is open to children of a disabled or deceased Member. The Member must have been a Member in good standing for at least one year prior to death or disability. Pick up applications at the Lodge Secretary’s office.


Legacy Grants

It is open to any child or grandchild of a living paid up Elk Member. They must be a high school senior. They can only apply online at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.



The Elks have pledged not to forget our nation’s Veterans. Each year, Elks visit hundreds of thousands of Veterans at VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics and State Veterans’ Homes providing companionship and enhancing their level of comfort. The Elks faithfully send Veterans Birthday cards and calendars at Christmas. They invite patients who can leave the facilities to events at Elks Lodges, on fishing trips and to ball games. The Elks also host a fish fry for Veterans. The Elks have expanded their outreach to homeless Veterans. The value of the Elks’ contributions to Veterans last year exceeded $27 million.

Last year alone, the Elks adopted and befriended more than 156,000 veterans who were far from home or without family.

If you would like to be part of these or other worthy community projects, CLICK HERE to pursue membership to The Elks Lodge #290 in Waterloo.