"If you want to go fast, go alone ... If you want to go far, go together."
The Frederick Allen Lodge #609 has been the historical heart of Saratoga Springs’ African American community since the 1920’s, serving the humanitarian needs of our city and all her people … and now the Lodge needs us, Saratoga!
Covid19 has greatly impacted the Lodge’s ability to generate monies that sustain their community space and building (located at 69 Beekman Street), as well as their philanthropic work in the community. If we don’t take action, sadly, we might literally lose “Saratoga’s Soul” forever! (For more information on the Frederick Allen Lodge #609, click here for a great in-depth article by Jacob Smith, Skidmore College, Class of '24.)
THIS campaign will make some much needed renovations happen -- here are the “first steps” on this journey:
Priority #1 > 2nd floor egress with new exterior stairs ($10,000 est.)
Priority #2 > 1st floor: add support & re-surface ($12,000 est.)
Priority #3 > *Kitchen Upgrade: repairs & commercial rehab ($60,000 est.)
the Kitchen Upgrade is KEY to the Lodge’s community programming and sustainability because it enables:
- community youth support, such as their summer breakfast & lunch program,
- supporting the underprivileged in both the city and within their membership, and
- augmenting event hosting & rental of community space, thereby increasing the Lodge’s income stream.
DOWN THE ROAD ...
We all know that every journey begins with that first step … and though this particular journey is going to be a looooong one, we can help each other “keep our eyes on the prize!”
FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE & CONSTRUCTION NEEDS:
- Bathrooms (3) > upgrade, incl. creating accessibility bathroom
- 2nd floor > add support & re-surface
- 1st floor > upgrade handicap-accessible egress
- Roof > soffit & trim repair
- Foundation > masonry repair
- Balcony > complete flooring & ceiling
In the past few weeks, the larger community has been able to help install the gift of a new furnace and, with the generous labor and support of several local businesses and contractors, things are really “warming up” on Beekman Street! (BIG thanks go out to Capital District Supply , Boyce and Drake Co ., Inc., and Jeff Armstrong!!)
THANK YOU! Thank You!! thank you!!!
And now YOU, too, can help make things brighter for the Lodge!!
Please share where appropriate. We are so gladdened by all the well-wishes and our community’s amazing generosity.
No matter what amount -- YOU are The Difference in SAVING SARATOGA'S SOUL - the Frederick Allen Lodge #609!
Guided by the principles of "Charity, Justice, Brotherly & Sisterly Love, and Fidelity," the Frederick Allen Lodge #609, a proud member of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOE of W ), continues to serve and support the humanitarian needs of the people of Saratoga Springs, NY… and beyond. ❤️
Frederick Allen Lodge #609
69 Beekman Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
You can follow the Frederick Allen Lodge 609 on FB!