Volunteering is second nature for VFW Auxiliary members. It’s what we do, how we do it, where we do it and why we do it – because it’s always the right thing to do. In the history of the Auxiliary, we have done this same work under the titles of Community Service, Community Activities, and we are now updating this Program to include what we are all about – Auxiliary Community Outreach.
While emphasis is placed on our core VFW and Auxiliary Programs, Auxiliary members and Auxiliaries also participate with other community organizations. Members and Auxiliaries can report and be recognized for such community work through the Auxiliary Community Outreach Program.
When an Auxiliary member, group of members or an entire Auxiliary volunteers for an organization outside our own, it should be considered Auxiliary Community Outreach if the project was approved by the Auxiliary and recorded in the meeting minutes prior to the project. Examples include:
- Participation in walks that benefit other organizations as an event spotter, water station volunteer, timekeeper, etc. (Walking or running in the race is not part of Auxiliary Community Outreach.)
- Working with local police on child ID kits.
- Working with firefighters on fire safety and prevention.
- Working with EMTs to host CPR training.
- Handing out food at soup kitchens.
- Delivering food for Meals on Wheels.
- Volunteering at an animal shelter.
- Working with parks and recreation departments to plant trees, adopt-a-park initiatives and develop community art installations.
VFW Auxiliary members serve other organizations outside the Auxiliary circle, and that volunteer work needs to be counted. Auxiliary Community Outreach gives us the opportunity to do more with local communities, schools and other civic, faith-based and youth organizations.