By Ellie Jenkins, Sun City Elks Veterans Services Chairwoman
In order to be successful holding two recent community service programs, the Sun City Elks Lodge drew on 16th century English writer John Heywood’s idiom, “Many hands make light work.”
AppleOne Employment Services sent members to the lodge, 10760 W. Union Hills Drive, as part of their volunteering-hours initiative. Working with qualified candidates for jobs nationwide, AppleOne also has an active and retired military member job placement, and jobs for Seniors in the Sun City area to connect people with employers.
The company’s team worked with the Elks funded National Foundation grant to pack 150 “kindness kits” for their Circle the City project. With homelessness rising at a staggering rate, Circle the City offers recuperative respite and health care for hope and healing to people in need. The Elks built kits in gallon sized Ziploc bags with bottled water, soft snack bars, socks, personal sized hygiene and dental care products, first aid items and notes of encouragement.
Circle the City staff distributes the preassembled kits daily to the city’s homeless via their mobile medical teams and through their family health clinics.
It was through the generosity of residents in Ventana Lakes, where Elks were enabled for another community service endeavor for the nation’s best citizens in need, its veterans. Hosted by Ventana Lakes Veterans Club, a first of quarterly planned drive by/drop off events was conducted at the community’s Yacht Club, 20015 N. 108th Ave., Peoria. Homeowner donations of new men’s and women’s undergarments arrived throughout the morning by auto, in golf cars and with dog walkers.
Combined with Elks Lodge member donations, 16 cartons were filled with new clothing, toiletry, grooming aids, and health and hygiene products. Contributions were taken to the transitional living facilities of USVets, MANA House and Ashley’s Place for women veterans.
The Ventana Lakes Veterans Club meets 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Landing Facility. Community resident veterans and those who support veterans are all welcome to join the club for social and public spirit activities.