In addition to those awarded by the Elks National Foundation, second only to the federal government in amount, the Nevada City Elks provide scholarships to local outstanding high school students.

Annual Theme Child : 2009-10 Alexis Booth
Theme Child

The money raised from the Purple Piggy Banks is used on an annual basis to help a child.

Drug Awareness

This program promotes cooperative approaches to preventing youth from using illicit substances. Through literature, multi-media tools, workshops and training seminars, the program educates students, parents, schools, and volunteers of drug use.

Blood Drive

Currently all donations are scheduled by each individual at Blood Source to the account -“Nevada City Elks Lodge #518”. (Our previous account #5319 was Named “Nevada City Lodge”)

We Receive Thanks

Gratitude. Humble. Grateful. Determined. Four words and the emotions they bring will flood into your being when you read the “Thank You” notes from reciepients of our services. Read them at California – Hawaii Elks Association’s Major Projects webpage.

Veterans Services

The Elks have pledged not to forget our nation’s veterans. Each year they visit hundreds of thousands of veterans at VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics. and Convalescent Homes providing companionship and enhancing their level of comfort. The value of the Elks’ contributions last year exceeded $18 million.

Youth Activities

The name “Elks” is synonymous with “children”. The Elks support scouting and Eagle awards, outstanding student programs, sports teams recognition and any and all activities relating to youth.

Elks National Foundation

This special program was started in 1928 as the “Great Heart of Elkdom” with the premise that every cent contributed would become part of its interest-earning principal, never to be spent, and this “core” would continue to grow. All this interest, without any money deducted for overhead, is distributed each year in scholarships, substance abuse education programs, Hoop Shoot basketball competition, and annual grants to expand programs that help the disadvantaged.


The Nevada City Elks Lodge holds a Flag Day Service every June 14th. We participate in the 4th of July Parade and pass out U.S. Flags.

Major Project

“A coin a day and they’ll walk, talk, see and play.” This motto of the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. called Purple Pig, says it all. The program provides physical, occupational and speech language therapy, as well as preschool vision screening. Also provided are disabled student scholarships, hospital and clinic grants and other programs to help physical challenged children. All of the above is given free of charge to qualified families.

Grass Valley & Nevada City Police DepartmentsLaw Enforcement

Every March, law enforcement officers from Grass Valley & Nevada City Police Departments, Nevada County Sheriffs Office, and California Highway Patrol and other offices are invited to the lodge for a complimentary steak dinner. At that time we honor individuals for service above and beyond the call of duty to the community.

County Fair Booth

Every August at the Nevada County Fairgrounds the Elks Ladies of 518 serve steak & reuben sandwiches and turkey legs along with soft drinks and snacks.