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Community Service / Outreach

Sherri Taft, 12544 Ira Station Road, Cato, New York 13033

Telephone:  315-380-2294 kidsbreak1@yahoo.com 

 

Goal: To make our local Grange communities a more vital and viable place by encouraging visible Grange projects and events that are worthwhile, fill a community need and make the best use of the interests and abilities of the Grange members. 

2016-2017 Handbook (all pages) 

High schools, colleges and many organizations are beginning to require students or members to complete a specific number of community service hours prior to graduation or as part of their membership to the organization.  Why the big push for community service?  Research has shown that community service has many benefits for everyone.

Young people who participate in community service projects tend to become more involved in their communities.  This leads to them caring more about their neighborhood, becoming active voters, and remaining involved in their communities.

Participating in community service also helps people learn how to better solve problems as they are sometimes faced with challenges in their community service project.  Not only do they become problem solvers, they also become a team player as they usually work with others on a project.  Leadership skills also begin to develop when working on a community service project.

The health benefits for everyone participating on community service include better physical and mental health than people who do not participate in community service projects.  By giving of their time and talents to others, people are benefitting themselves as well.

Young adults who join in community service projects begin to network with other people and organizations.  This gives them the opportunity to make connections, which could later be used as references and/or job opportunities as they begin to enter the work force.

There are multiple reasons to go out and become involved in community service projects.  Letís make it a goal of the Granges in New York State to participate in as many community service projects as possible.  Our organization will be healthier and stronger as a result of all of the good that we are able to do in our communities.

For 2016 and 2017 our report form (cover sheet) is provided herein, as well as a judgement criteria (score sheet).  We are following the National Grangeís judging criteria.  Please submit your report in a way that is easiest for your Grange, either as a letter outlining your activities, a scrapbook, or just a little memo or outline of all of your outreach services. 

Your reports will be judged -New York State Grange will award:

                                                1st place           $100

                                                2nd place         $ 75

                                                3rd place          $ 50 

                                                4th place          $ 25

 

NYS 1st place winner will be sent on to National Grange.

 National Grange will provide Certificates of Participation to all Granges who submitted a Community Service Report.  Any State Grange who receives reports from 25% of their Granges will be awarded $250 - in New York State this is a very reachable goal - about 50 Granges need to write a letter, or memo, or make a scrapbook, put a report entry (cover sheet) on top and submit it by SEPTEMBER 1st, 2016 & 2017 (no exceptions to this date) to:

 

Sherri Taft, Director,

New York State Grange Community Service

12544 Ira Station Road

Cato, New York 13033

kidsbreak1@yahoo.com

                                       

 

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