"In 2012 The Dumont Elks Lodge donated over $22,000 to their community and other charitable causes as well as close to $16,000 in donated hall rentals."
Dumont Elks Lodge #2593 was instituted April 22, 1979, as a member of an organization that has over 1 million members nationwide with 2300 Lodges throughout the 50 States and territories. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the purpose of charity. As part of the national organization of Elks that is second only to the United States government in providing college scholarships and work grants for higher education to youths on a local and national basis, the Dumont Elks grants scholarships annually to local children.
After its formation in 1979, the Dumont Elks purchased their first Lodge at 41 Omaha Street from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It soon was determined that larger quarters were needed, and we subsequently purchased the former American Legion Post at 15 American Legion Terrace where the Lodge is presently located.
Various committees and programs form the core of the Dumont Elks charitable works, and they include: The Special Children's Committee, Elks Camp Moore, Scholarship Committee, Veteran's Committee, National Foundation, Americanism Committee Youth Activities Committee, Community Welfare Committee and the Memorial Day Parade Committee. During the past 30 years the Dumont Elks have donated over three quarters a million dollars for charitable causes, through donated funds, donated hours, free use of the hall and facilities, and all the other activities associated with the charitable arm of the Lodge.
In addition to scholarships, the Dumont Elks annually send local children to the New Jersey State Elks Association Peer Leadership Conference as part of its Drug Awareness Program, sponsors or contributes to local youth sport teams in baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, hockey, etc., supports the Dumont High School Athletic Boosters with ads and trophies, conducts an annual Soccer Shoot and Hoop Shoot and sponsors local youth in golf and bowling competition. Many of these organizations, plus local veteran organizations and the Dumont PBA also meet at our Lodge, which is contributed to them free of charge.
Not by a long shot! The Dumont Elks sponsor local Cub Scouts, Boy Scout and Girl Scouts, visit Veterans who are residents of area veterans homes bringing them baskets of fruit and books to read, conduct annual Flag Day and Flag Retirement ceremonies open to the public. In the 1980s when the annual Dumont Memorial Day Parade was discontinued by the Borough of Dumont for budgetary reasons, the Dumont Elks, to continue to honor our nations veterans, reinstituted the parade and ran it annually for several years. The Dumont Elks also helped raise funds to bring the battleship New Jersey home to our shores as a museum.
In addition to all the other charitable works of the Dumont Elks, its crown jewel and pride and joy is the help it extends to the handicapped by way of dances, dinners and entertainment for special children (and adults) through its Special Childrens" Committee, building ramps for those in need, providing hearing aids for those children who can"t afford them.
Along with other Elk Lodges throughout the State, the Dumont Elks annually raises thousands of dollars for Camp Moore, a camp for disabled children in the heart of the Ramapo Mountains that is the main charitable project of the New Jersey State Elks Association. In order to attend the summer camp, each child must be sponsored by their local Elks lodge, with full cost of attendance paid for by the lodge. We call it our miracle on the mountain. In past years the Dumont Lodge has sent many local children to Camp Moore annually.
In 2012 The Dumont Elks Lodge donated over $22,000 to their community and other charitable causes as well as close to $16,000 in donated hall rentals.
15 American Legion Terrace
Dumont, New Jersey 07628