2022-2023 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
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, 2022 through April 30, 2023
Post Division Awards
Three (3) awards will be given in each division for the most credited reports using the April 30, 2023 Department Activities Reports. These Post Divisions based on membership are as follows:
IV 226 & OVER
Post Special Project Award
If your Post, County Council, or District conducted a special project that you think should be nationally recognized by VFW National Headquarters, we would like to hear from you.
To be considered your entry must include the following:
1) Entry Form, signed by the Department Community Service
Director and the Department Adjutant. This form must be the first page in your 3-ring
binder. It is imperative that this form be completed accurately and legibly.
2) Copy of the minutes of the VFW meeting at which the project was authorized.
3) Signed statement from the Commander summarizing the impact of the project.
4) Photos (limit of twenty) of the activity.
5) Newspaper clippings featuring the project.
6) Letters of congratulations/recognition from civic and local leaders.
7) Copy of the budget/expense sheet
8) Narrative telling how the project was planned, executed and its impact on the community
Judging is conducted solely on the basis of the information indicated above. Points are awarded for each element and points will be deducted for missing items. All documentation must be limited to one 3-ring binder. It is highly recommended that all documents, photos, newspaper articles, etc. be placed in document protectors. The Department will recognize all Posts and Districts that 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. Projects must be executed and nominated within the 12 months preceding national judging. Deadline for submission to the Department Community Service Director is April 1, 2023.
Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award
Every Post Special Project receiving the Award of Excellence in the May judging will be entered in the Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award competition.
The winning Post receives a plaque at the VFW National Convention and a $1,000 service scholarship for community projects. The Post Commander (or designated representative) and a guest will receive round-trip air fare, a cash stipend and accommodations to receive the award at the National Convention.
New Member Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award
The Department will recognize a "New Member Community Service Volunteer of the Year". A new member for the purpose of this award is any VFW member in good standing who has been a member of the VFW for less than two (2) years. (A VFW member who has been a member of your Post for less than two (2) years, but has been a member of the VFW for two (2) years or more, is not eligible for this award). Each Post is asked to nominate at least one (1) new VFW member for this award. Deadline for submission to the Department Community Service Director is April 1, 2023. District Commanders will establish the deadlines for Post Commanders to submit their nominations to them.
Community Service Director : William Scott
firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to
10701 Hillcrest Dr., Lake, MI 48632
Each District will select a District winner from among the Post submissions. District Commanders will establish the procedures for selecting the District winner; for example, the District Commander may select the winner, let a committee select the winner or have a committee pick the top three (3) or (4) candidates from which the District Commander will select a winner.
District Commander will sign and date the nomination forms, check the yes or no box to indicate whether or not the entry was the winning entry from their District and forward all nomination forms, and the required narratives, to the State Community Service Director. One (1) entry, from among the twelve (12) District winners, will then be selected as the Department of Michigan New Member Community Service Volunteer of the Year.
National Outstanding Community Service Post Award
The Department of Michigan is required to select two Posts to receive the National Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the VFW National Convention. The award includes a plaque inscribed with the name of the VFW Post and its Auxiliary (if applicable), a $599 stipend to cover part of the Post Representative's expenses to National Convention, publication of the Post's name in the Convention program booklet and a street sign identifying this national award for the Post to put up in their community.
The selection criteria for this award is as follows:
1) Must be 100% reported in Community Activities
2) Must be 100% reported in Hospital
3) Must be 100% reported Youth Activities
4) Must be 100% reported Drug and Safety
5) Must actively support and participate in Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen/Teacher of the
6) Must participate in the Buddy Poppy program
7) Demonstrate an active involvement in the community
8) Must support the Commander's Special Project with donations
9) Other criteria as may be required by the Department Commander
The Department Community Service Committee is dedicated to provide you with the support and encouragement your Post/District needs for a successful year.
Gold Star Mothers Program
Gold Star Mothers is composed of American mothers who lost a son or daughter during 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 role in our VA healthcare system.
The Commander suggests supporting Gold Star Mothers though financial contributions which can be made from the Post Relief Fund. Donations must be made through the Department of Michigan VFW earmarked Gold Star Mothers to receive credit.
Posts will receive five (5) All State points for each $25 donation to Gold Star Mothers (maximum $100 donation).
10701 Hillcrest Dr.
Lake, MI 48632