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. All Posts, no matter how large or small, do some type of Community Service work. Cut grass for someone, pick up trash on road, visit hospitals, or babysit or house sit for a military family – any inexpensive project that may be very helpful to someone in your community.
Community Service is defined as "Any activity or program sponsored or cosponsored by a VFW Post which serves to benefit the city, town, neighborhood, other organizations, institutions or individuals NOT AFFILIATED with the VFW as a body.” Activities and/or contributions that are performed or given by individual members WILL be credited. Use of VFW buildings/meeting room to groups for free is a great community service project.
Reporting Your Activities - REPORTS ARE A MUST. REMEMBER…NO report is equivalent to no work. Completing Community Service Reports (CSR) are essential. Retain information on each project, through newspaper clippings, pictures and the like. Keep dates recording each project’s completed date, hours of volunteering, how much money was spent or donated, number of volunteers, miles driven, and how many persons benefited by the project.
Analysis of Service hours and dollars should be reported as follows:
NOTE: It is of the utmost importance that all Comrades report their volunteer hours and especially their donations accurately. A Post that inflates the amounts of money they donate intentionally or otherwise may place their non-profit status in jeopardy.
Community Service Reporting (CSR) is the responsibility of the Post to document our Comrades’ volunteering efforts, and ensuring the VFW’s reputation, engagement in the community, and the not-for-profit status. See the Post’s CSR Form to learn what should be reported and in what form.
PLEASE SEND ALL COMPLETED REPORTS TO THE JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER AT THE END OF THE MONTH FOR CREDIT FOR THE NEXT MONTH!