SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Recently, Springfield Elks Lodge #1560 had a Winter Coat and Sweater Drive through their members to aid the Vermont Veteran’s Place for homeless veterans in Northfield, Vt.
In September, the Springfield Elks awarded a $1,500 Elks National Anniversary Grant, marking the 150-year anniversary of the founding of the Elks in 1868, to this very fine place in Northfield.
According to Karen Boyce, the administrative manager of the home, the building was built in 1854 as a private residence for 100 years. In 1936, it became the Northfield Hospital until a new hospital was built in 1966 and the home became a nursing home for ten years. From the late ’70s until 2005, it was an assisted living home. Then for three years until 2008 it was empty before the VA Hospital made it into a home for homeless veterans in 2009.
All donations of money go directly to a donation fund at the VA Hospital. That money is then disbursed back to the home for funding their food and other supplies needed.
All items donated to the Vermont Veteran’s Place in Northfield, are dry, clean, folded, and labeled by size and put on shelves in their inventory room for the veterans to look over and choose what they would like to wear.
Springfield Elks Lodge’s veterans’ chairperson is Past Exalted Ruler Vicki Siliski who searches for veterans’ causes to be served. Over the years, the lodge has directed funds to the Old Soldiers Home in Bennington, Vt., the VA Hospital in White River Jct., and donated to the annual veterans’ dinner put on locally.