COMMUNITY SERVICE

Reaching out into our communities is vital to our organization, developing relationships with

community leaders,media,school faculty and local civic groups can greatly assist each post in

achieving the VFW mission.

Each post is expected to engage in and report Community Service projects. All projects will be

reported using the Department activity report form, using the guidelines set forth by the Activities

Evaluation Director.

The Program reporting period is May 1, 2017 through April 30,2018 

 
1. There will be a certificate awarded to the top 3 (THREE) Posts in each of the membership divisions listed below.

2. These projects also include those reported by the Post Auxiliaries in each division. Divisions are assigned by the number of members that each Post had at the end of last year’s membership year. Reporting period for projects completed will be from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. The reports must be sent to the Department Chairman to arrive no later April 30, 2018. Projects completed by the Auxiliary of the Post will also cover these dates.

3. The Chairman for the Department of Iowa and Department Auxiliary will consolidate their reports and the winners will be selected from the total points. The certificates will be presented at the State Convention. Posts that do not have an Auxiliary will have to work a little harder to end up on top in their respective division.

4. Remember, you must submit your Activity Reports timely to the chairperson. Complete a monthly report or do it more often if you have a lot to report.

5. For Auxiliary Chairman at ALL levels – we are counting all projects reported that cover the periods of May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

BASED ON 2017 MEMBERSHIP/DIVISION NUMBER OF MEMBERS
DIVISION 1 1 - 49 MEMBERS
DIVISION 2 50 - 149 MEMBERS
DIVISION 3 150 - 399 MEMBERS
DIVISION 4 400 OR MORE MEMBERS
 
                       Special Community Service Projects 
 
Commandeers' Special Project
 
This years Commander's Special Project is Flags for National Cemeteries.
 
Gold Star Mother Program
 
Gold Star Mothers is composed of American mothers who lost a son or daughter during World War I, World War II. the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Beirut, Grenada, Panama, the Persian
Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi  Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, all Strategic Areas, or while in service to our country.  Gold Star Mothers serve an important roll in our VA healthcare system.
 
The Commander suggests supporting Gold Star Mothers though financial contributions.  Contributions can be made from the Post Relief Fund.  Contributions must be made through the Department of Michigan VFW and earmarked Gold Star Mothers to receive points towards All-State Honors. 
 
BLUE STAR MOTHERS
 
Blue Star Mothers are composed of mothers that have a son or daughter serving in the Military today.  The Commander suggests that we start working more with this organization by offering our Posts as meetings places for these mothers and helping them to send items to their loved ones.  Points will be awarded for All-State for working with Blue Star Mothers.
 
VFW Operation Uplink
 
Help our servicemen/women call home.  This VFW program has helped over 2.2 million servicemen/women and hospitalized veteran's call home.  Contributions must be made through the Department of Michigan VFW and earmarked Operation Uplink to receive points towards the All-State Honors.