Elks Lodge supports students in need

L-R: Elks Lodge grant coordinator George Myers, ECPSF Executive Director Sarah French, Elks Lodge grant coordinator Muriel Myers, ECASD Homeless Program Coordinator Dani Claesges.


The Homeless Children & Youth fund supports the homeless program at Eau Claire Area School District, offering resources for the many needs of students who experience homelessness. This fund supports school supplies, winter gear, transportation and more to help students and families in need, so that students may succeed in school despite struggles at home.

The Wisconsin Elks Association has a local BPO Lodge chapter that recently reached out to have an impact with this fund and our students in need. The group is assembling hygiene kits that include toothbrushes and paste, floss, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, combs and more for the homeless program’s families. Muriel and George Myers coordinate grants for the Eau Claire Elks. In addition to assembling kits, the Myers’ stopped by with a $1,500 grant from the Eau Claire Elks Lodge for the Homeless Children & Youth Fund. “Our Elks Lodge is honored to play a small part in helping the children of our community,” Muriel shared. This gift will support school supplies, transportation costs, and gear for ECASD students in need.

Dani Claesges, Homeless Program Coordinator for Eau Claire Area School District was touched to learn of the Elks Lodge’s interest in helping students who need it most. “We really appreciate this amazing gift to provide necessary items to students experiencing homelessness,” Dani shared. “They make it possible for homeless students to go to school with the items needed to be ready to learn, just like their peers.”

Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is a supporting organization of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, which serves as a bridge connecting donors with charities in order to improve quality of life in the Eau Claire area. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), the ECPSF is dedicated to promoting value-added learning opportunities for students in the Eau Claire Area School District. To learn more about the Foundation, or to make a gift, please contact ECPSF Executive Director Sarah French at sfrench1@ecasd.us or (715) 852-3015.