COMMUNITY SERVICE

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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, 2014 through April 30,2015 

 
Three (3) awards will be given in each division for the most credited reports using the April 30,
2015 Department activities Reports
 
                These Post Divisions are as follows
 
                                         I                               10-65
                                         II                              66-125
                                         III                             126-225
                                         IV                             226-OVER   
 
                                                    Additional Department Awards 
 
Special Projects Award
 
The Department will recognize all Posts and Districts than engage in unique, extraordinary community service projects that go above and beyond what is expected.  These projects will then be submitted for consideration to the national VFW Special Projects Award Program.   All
projects must meet the basic requirements set forth in the National Program to be considered .
Projects should be nominated with 12 months of completion.  deadline for submission is
NOVEMBER 1, 2014.   Each Post that submits a qualified entry will receive one point towards All-State Honors. 
 
New Member Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award
 
The Department will recognize a "VFW New Community Service Volunteer of the Year".   Each Post is asked to submit one (1) new VFW member (less than two (2) years) for the Department Award.  Post nominations will be submitted using the guidelines of the National award application.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2015.   Each Post that submits a qualified entry will receive (5) points towards All-State Honors.
 
Outstanding Community Service Post Award
 
The Department will recognize three (3) "Outstanding Community Service" Posts
 
The Department Community Service Committee is dedicated to provide you with the support and encouragement your Post/District needs for a successful year.
 
Please send ALL reports to Department Headquarters at N. Washington, Lansing, MI
48906.
 
 
Robert Williams, Director
1224 Ravina Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
269-927-2133
Email: cs@vfwmi.org
 
                       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.