The Nevada City Elks have their own fundraisers that benefit several local community as well as national projects. These projects focus on children with disabilities and our veterans. We also partner with other local organizations and clubs to support their fundraising efforts as well.
Helping Children With Disabilities
In 1950, the California-Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) created an organization within itself to help children with disabilities. This organization was titled the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. (CHEMPI). The fundraising arm of CHEMPI is the Purple Pig.
This unique program funds paid therapists and preschool vision screeners, hired by CHEMPI, to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need.
Further, many times the children will have tests, e.g. Vision Screening, that catches early signs of amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”), a medical problem that, once caught, can be corrected early on and save a child from going blind, quite literally.
The California-Hawaii Elks have raised over $100.6 MILLION since 1950 to address the unmet needs of children with disabilities by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to their families.
Here’s the kinds of therapists that CHEMPI employs: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Preschool Vision Screeners, Speech-Language Pathologists.