Volunteering and Community Service

Volunteering and Community Service
it’s what makes us great

Palmer Lake VFW Post 3915 tracks two types of service.  Service outside our Post is considered Community Service considered volunteering and it's important because it keeps our Post viable for the next round of Veterans. Community Service is reported up to District and to Department.  Volunteer hours around the Post home are tracked internally.  

 

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WHAT COUNTS AS COMMUNITY SERVICES?

You may not realize what you are contributing until you read the below listings

DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE TIME SPENT ON PAPERWORK.

 

Community

Community activities is the term applied to the many things VFW Posts and Auxiliaries do to: (1) Improve living in a city, town or neighborhood; (2) assist needy families; (3) establish better recreational, education and patriotic opportunities for everyone; (4) cooperate with schools, churches and other organizations; (5) provide special benefits for youth; and (6) direct aid to needy individuals who are not members of our organization.

Senior Centers             

Driving a senior to Doctors

Cancer fund-research-aid

Attending Funerals

Roadside clean up

Volunteer firefighters

Easter Seals

Awards- honoring

Community use of post home

American Red Cross

EMTs, Police

Habitat- for- Humanity

Blood Donation

Work in food bank

Pet therapy work

Hosting Blood Drive

Pet or homeless shelter

Council Meetings

Rotary Club

Historical Society Work

Senior Olympics

Chamber of Commerce Work

Museum Work

School, town, county

Recycling Programs

Hospital work, visits

Meals on wheels

Holiday Dinners, parties, etc

Home visits to shut-ins

Donations to charity

March of Dimes

Safety Classes

CPR Training

Church assistance

Goodwill Salvation Army

 

 

 

Americanism

The VFW patriotic activities are identified as 'AMERICANISM'.  Under the heading of Americanism, VFW Posts, Auxiliaries, Districts and Departments sponsor many projects designed to broaden public appreciation of Democracy and to combat subversive influences.  The many types of activities include public observances of special holidays, promotion of patriotic programs for adults and children, cooperation with civic organizations, schools, colleges, universities and churches to raise the standards of American citizenship and Loyalty.

Americans of all ages.  These projects sponsored by the VFW in Posts, Districts, State and National organizations along with the units of the Ladies Auxiliary have been one of the major Community Activities programs.  

VFW Posts sponsor hundreds of Boy Scout Troops and Packs, Teen and junior baseball teams, Hockey, Soccer, Rifle Clubs and Junior Bowling Teams.  In addition, there are Sons of the VFW units and Lite-a-bike safety program reflectorizing millions of bicycles each year.  This is in cooperation with the 3M Company of Minnesota. The largest Youth Activity is the annual Voice of Democracy program in which more than 300,000 High School students prepare and read their own radio scripts dealing with patriotic subjects.  Scholarships total over $32,500 to national winners in addition to other gifts and prizes.

Adopt-a-Unit Program

Memorial Day

Military Family Support

Buddy Poppy work

POW- MIA Day

Operation Uplink-Gala

Color Guard events

VFW Birthday

Parades-participation, viewing

Flags on Graves, Wreathes

Marines Birthday

Projects relating to veterans

Greeting cards to veterans

Veterans Day

letters to lawyers for vets issues

Care packages to troops

Pearl Harbor Day

Vets in the Classroom for youth

Homeless Veteran support

Voting projects

Loyalty Day

Home of the Brave support

VA Hospital & Assistance

Flag Day

VA hospital counts

   

 

 

Youth

Scouting -- Cub, Boy, Girl

PATRIOT'S PEN

Any work with schools

Sports I Athletics I Cheerleading

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

Big Brother/ Sister work

Little League Baseball, Football, etc

ROTC I JR. ROTC

Hosting Youth activities

Youth Organizations

 

National Home for Children

 

 

WHAT COUNTS AS POST VOLUNTEER SERVICE?

These activities are not reported to District or Department but are still important to record

Building maintenance

Preparation for a Post event

Membership drives

Painting, cleaning, organizing

Advertising, marketing, flyers
Buddy Poppies, Calendar sales

Dinners, Feeds, Fry's, Banquets

Remodeling, building, wiring

Social media, web design

Raffles, Bingo's