Community Service is the best source of positive publicity the VFW has. By serving our communities we accomplish seven (7) goals:
We live up to our VFW Constitution
We provide valuable services to many areas of our community
We benefit from a favorable impression of our organization by the community
We attract new members
We satisfy certain IRS requirements from which we benefit
We build pride among our members
It's good for our health, people involved in Community Service are happier people and tend to live longer
We can't conduct our programs without those members who generously contribute their time and talent; conversely if we don't live up to the goals and objectives of our own constitution, we have little reason to exist as an organization. However, the burden of Community Service programs has fallen on the shoulders of the same individuals year after year. I am asking each of you dedicated members who carry the programs to set one additional objective for this year; and that goal is to involve someone NEW in your programs. You will benefit personally by having someone to share the load and you may make a new FRIEND. The VFW benefits by having new and innovative ideas and renewed vitality. The following are examples of different activities that you can report as Community Service. This is not an all inclusive list and as you can see, there are many opportunities for volunteering in your community.
Submit a separate monthly report for each calendar month to:
Rice Street Station - PO Box 17146
St. Paul, MN 55117
DEADLINE - Monthly Report Form must be postmarked by the 20th day of the following month.
Department has two forums available that you may fill out. Every month your Post Commander can use the forum in the Generals provided. Secondly, available to Commanders at the secured section of the web page, is a donwloadable spread sheet to fill out on your computer.
You must fill out items 25, 26 and 27 on the Community Service Report form to receive credit for the monies, hours and members activities for that month.
We will not add them for you. If they are blank, they will be blank on the report that is sent to our National Organization reporting how much money, how many hours and how many members participated with Community Service.