Madison Elks donates $2,500 to after-school special needs program | Madison Eagle News

MADISON- Madison Elks Lodge 1465 recently donated some $2,500 to the Educational Program for Disabled Children (EPOCH).

Madison-based EPOCH is an after-school enrichment program for children and teens with special needs in the Madison area. Since 1972, the non-profit organization has provided unique opportunities for children who cannot participate in traditional extracurricular activities.

The Elks previously donated $1,000 to the program in October 2020.

“Our board is acutely aware of the Elks’ commitment and dedication to children with special needs,” wrote Catherine Kerris, EPOCH’s interim board chair, in a letter thanking the Madisons. Elks. “We share your goal of improving the quality of life for our children and their families and we thank you for helping us achieve it.”

Formerly located at the Madison-area YMCA, EPOCH now meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave. Activities include recreation, excursions, sports, music, culinary arts and crafts and much more.

Classes are led by a qualified teaching professional and assisted by well-trained middle and high school volunteers. The program is overseen by a titular Board of Directors.

The program, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, relies on tax-deductible donations for its financial support. College and high school students, who are carefully screened and trained, are also asked to volunteer or offer a one-time special talent or service.