Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hackensack Elks take forty children from youth home to the circus

Thanks to the Elks National Foundation (ENF), funds are available for Elks to invest back into and build stronger communities.  With the support of ENF, the Hackensack Elks took forty children from the Youth Consultation Services (YCS) of Bergen County, which is located in Hackensack, to the circus.

The children of the YCS group home, located in Hackensack, were able to enjoy an afternoon filled with fun and excitement.  The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey show "Legends" featured performances with elephants, lions, tigers, and horses.  There were also performances by the trapeze artists the Tuniziani Troupe, the China National Acrobatic Troupe,  the Torres Family performing motorcycle stunts, and Alexander Lacey the lion and tiger tamer.

YCS, a 501(C)3 organization, was founded in 1918 to help the women and children left alone and/or abandoned by the aftermath of World War I.  Programs and services grew from this beginning and today YCS maintains programs throughout the state for children with special needs, from birth to 25 years of age.  Programs include: educational, psycho-therapeutic and psychiatric services in home and in our residential facilities, crisis intervention, foster care and treatment home placements, as well as our newest in home and residential programs for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  If you, your company, or organization would like to make a donation to or get involved with the YCS Foundation you can contact Kathy Mongon at

The Elks is a national service organization with a 140+ year history and nearly one million members in 2,000 lodges around the country.  Local lodges invests in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.  The Order of Elks spends more than $80,000,000 per year in charitable programs.  If you are interested in becoming an Elk you can contact the Hackensack Lodge at 201-487-0658.