Every November for the last 3 years, Elks headquarters staff spend a day volunteering at the Chicago Winter Stand Down, helping to serve veterans in need.

In preparation, we collect warm clothing at the Elks Veterans Memorial building. This year, we came bearing more gifts – 750 Elks bags stuffed with hats, gloves and winter supplies. 

For many of you, volunteering at a Stand Down is old hat. For many here, it’s a unique chance to directly interact with the veterans we spend our days serving from behind desks. 

We wish each of you a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a joyful new year. And we thank you for the inspiration for us to get out of the office once in a while!