Mission Statement
“The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., a committee of the California-Hawaii Elks Association, pledges its commitment to addressing the unmet needs of children with disabilities throughout the states of California and Hawaii by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to the families and without discrimination.”

In 1950, CHEA created an organization within it to help children with disabilities. The fundraising arm of CHEMPI is the Purple Pig.  All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

The organization is called the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. This unique program funds 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners, hired by CHEMPI, to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need.

Further, many times the children will have tests, e.g. Vision Screening, that catches early signs of amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”), a medical problem that, once caught, can be corrected early on and save a child from going blind, quite literally.

CHEMPI Statistics for the Purple Pig




Here’s the kinds of therapists that CHEMPI employs:

Occupational Therapists

Physical Therapists

Preschool Vision Screeners

Speech-Language Pathologists


The fundraising arm of CHEMPI is the Purple Pig.  Request a therapist or Preschool Vision Screener to visit your Lodge.  Fill out a Form 11- Request for Professional Staff Participation.

If you are interested in referring a child for therapy services or having a preschool vision screener visit your preschool, contact Megan Macleod

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All donations are tax-deductible.