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Community Service and Volunteering

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.  

 

 

Enter Community Service and Volunteer Hours

 

 

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

  • ngo's

Youth

These are programs that assist, teach, mentor and provide scholarships for 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