You may not realize what you are contributing until you read the below listings
DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE TIME SPENT ON PAPERWORK.
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||Blood Donation||School, town, county|
|Driving a senior to Doctors||Work in food bank||Recycling Programs|
|Cancer fund-research-aid||Pet therapy work||Hospital work, visits|
|Attending Funerals||Hosting Blood Drive||Meals on wheels|
|Roadside clean up||Pet or homeless shelter||Holiday Dinners, parties, etc|
|Volunteer firefighters||Council Meetings||Home visits to shut-ins|
|Easter Seals||Rotary Club||Donations to charity|
|Awards- honoring||Historical Society Work||March of Dimes|
|Community use of post home||Senior Olympics||Safety Classes|
|American Red Cross||Chamber of Commerce Work||CPR Training|
|EMTs, Police||Museum Work||Church assistance|
|Habitat- for- Humanity||Goodwill Salvation Army|
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.
|Military Family Support||Flags on Graves, Wreathes||Vets in the Classroom for youth|
|Buddy Poppy work||Marines Birthday||Homeless Veteran support|
|POW- MIA Day||Projects relating to veterans||Voting projects|
|Operation Uplink-Gala||Greeting cards to veterans||Loyalty Day|
|Color Guard events||Veterans Day||Home of the Brave support|
|VFW Birthday||letters to lawyers for vets issues||VA Hospital & Assistance|
|Parades-participation, viewing||Care packages to troops||Flag Day|
|ngo's||Pearl Harbor Day||VA hospital counts|
|Adopt-a-Unit Program||Memorial Day|
These are programs that assist, teach, mentor and provide scholarships for youth.
|Scouting -- Cub, Boy, Girl||ROTC I JR. ROTC||VOICE OF DEMOCRACY|
|PATRIOT'S PEN||Hosting Youth activities||Big Brother/ Sister work|
|Any work with schools||Youth Organizations||Little League Baseball, Football, etc|
|Sports I Athletics I Cheerleading||National Home for Children|
These activities are not reported to District or Department but are still important to record
|Building maintenance||Advertising, marketing, flyers||Remodeling, building, wiring|
|Preparation for a Post event||Buddy Poppies, Calendar sales||Social media, web design|
|Membership drives||Dinners, Feeds, Fry's, Banquets||Raffles, Bingo's|
|Painting, cleaning, organizing|
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. - William Shakespeare
On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a Nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.