Community Service is an integral part of the Grange that allows local members to interact and serve the communities where they reside.
Granger members participate in big and small projects, partner with other community organizations, they fundraise for various causes within their community and nationally. Serving our communities whether it is helping our neighbor in need or bake sale to raise money for the local school, you can always count on the Grange being involved.
Our local Grangers recognize outstanding citizens in their communities, like fireman and policeman and sponsor local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. This allows for Grange families and other citizens to participate in community service.
If you want to be more involved in your neighborhood or you community then the Grange is the place for you. Connecting Communities through Service is the Grange way.
2012 National Community Service Award Winners
1st Place: Ekonk Community Grange #89
Master: Katie L. Molodich
140 Grange Members
Good job Ekonk Community Grange #89 for taking first place in this year’s Community Service Contest! Seventy-one participating members of the Ekonk Community Grange contributed an astounding 22,716 hours to their community service projects, along with the help of 201community citizens who themselves contributed over 900 hours!
The Ekonk Community Grange began several new projects this year. Noteworthy was taking over the food preparation for the Plainfield Relay for Life 2- day fundraiser. Ekonk was asked by the former head of the food booth Plainfield Relay for Life due to her retirement. Ekonk was honored by the request and formed a committee to work on this project which will continue to be a new ongoing project. Ekonk also worked with the town of Sterling to help with their hurricane disaster relief efforts. Ongoing projects include: taking gifts to residents of convalescent homes; participating in Sterling Family Day (which includes helping raise $14,000 to fund the event); Words for Thirds dictionary project; Relay for Life sponsorship and participation; hosting the annual Earth Day poster/essay contests in local schools; supporting FFA through various donations; adopting needy children for Christmas; and much more. The Ekonk Community Grange has a long history of charitable community service, and does not refuse assistance to any requests for help. We at the National Grange commend the Ekonk Community Grange for their unyielding devotion to helping others in need.
2nd Place: Richmond Grange #6
West Kingston, Rhode Island
Master: Claire Logan
114 Grange Members
Well done Richmond Grange #6 for being this year’s 2nd place winner of the National Grange Community Service Award! Over 400 hours were contributed by 114 Richmond Grange members towards their community service projects, along with 46 community citizens who themselves contributed over 200 hours! I’m sure the communities blessed with your hard work and devotion would beg to differ with your award to 2nd place! Congratulations from everyone here at National!
Admirably, Richmond Grange raises all the money that funds their community service projects. Through dinners and other events, these devoted Grange members are able to raise enough money to sponsor all of their events, saving their treasury money for future uses. Their service projects include running a steak sandwich booth at the Washington County Fair each year, supporting Rhody Fresh (RI Farmers Milk), the local 4-H clubs, farmers markets and other agricultural groups in their area. In addition, they continue to donate to the local food banks and in 2010 managed to contribute over 2,000 lbs of food! Spreading the holiday spirit, Richmond Grange also adopted a family from the Cane Day Center in Wakefield for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They supply their adopted family with enough food for each holiday and with Christmas presents. Last but certainly not least, Richmond Grange also gives two $500 scholarships each year. Thank you everyone in the Richmond Grange #6 for all your hard work!
3rd Place: Clear Lake Grange #692
Aitkin County, Minnesota
Master: Vern Peterson
26 Grange Members
Good job Clear Lake Grange #692 for taking third in this year’s Community Service Contest! This is the first time that a Minnesota Grange has placed and we are so proud to have them included on this list. The members of Clear Lake Grange have put in a lot of hours and love into their community service projects.
The National Grange is very proud of Clear Lake Grange for showing all our members how a small Grange can make big changes in their community. Clear Lake Grange took on projects such as, the Glen Fourth of July Parade, Aitkin Area Food Shelf, supporting the Persian Gulf Support Group, weekly community meals for low income members of their community, Festival of Adventures, Salvation Army Bell Ringers, advocates for AADA (Advocates Against Domestic Abuse), the Ronald McDonald House, Rides for Health, and the Crow River Clean Up. These are just some of their ongoing projects. Thank you to everyone in the Clear Lake Grange #692 for all your hard work!
4th Place: Tie Turkey Hill Grange #1370 and Progressive Valley Grange #2433
Belleville, St. Clair County, IL
Master: Jeanith “Ginger” Miller
180 Grange Members
Well done Turkey Hill Grange #1370for being this year’s 4th place winner of the National Grange Community Service Award! Over 30,000 hours were contributed by 135 Turkey Hill Grange members towards their community service projects, along with 8,000 community citizens who themselves contributed over 36,000 hours. Congratulations from everyone here at National!
Many members of Turkey Hill Grange our also active members in Rotary, Lions, numerous church groups which helps with their fundraising and community service projects and getting the word out to potential other volunteers. One of the new projects for this Grange was working with the Center for Autism. They have donated items such as socks, underwear, copying paper, sweat suits, shorts, and other miscellaneous items that the Center was in need of. Also members are working on making lap robes and throws that will be given toward the IL State Grange project with the Center for Autism. Turkey Hill continues with their summer BBQ dinners; ham and peach dinners; trivia night; sponsors a 4-H Club, Boy Scouts of America troop and the American Heritage Girls troop; in conjunction with the City of Belleville sponsor the Annual Easter Egg hunt in the park; make donations to the Scott Air Force Base and the Airman’s Attic; and they sponsor the Words for Thirds project along with the Optimists Club that gives dictionaries to every third grader in the Belleville area school district. The National Grange is happy to acknowledge all the hard work done by Turkey Hill Grange #1370.
Progressive Valley Grange #2433
Coshocton County, Ohio
Master: Marilyn Wyler
70 Grange Members
Congratulations to the members of the Progressive Valley Grange for coming in fourth in this year’s Community Service Contest. Progressive Valley Grange managed to get all 70 of its members together to participate in their chosen community service projects, contributing over 9,000 hours! Just as impressive, they also got 800 non-members to assist with these projects as well.
Progressive Valley has a long impressive list of projects, including: pop tabs to Friendly Hills Camp, homemade cookies to Oak Pointe Care Center at Baltic, and to West Lafayette Pointe Care Center at West Lafayette, Ohio, and collected box tops for education. They also ran a bake sale/lunch stand at a local cheese factory to pay the costs of their water project. The water project began a few years ago has now been completed and the Grange now has running pressurized water to their building. In addition, they have helped fellow Grange members and non-members who have ovarian cancer by taking them meals on the days following their chemo treatments. Progressive Valley Grange continued helping Journeys End Ministries by donating clothes, health products, canned food items, baked goods and other miscellaneous items. Journeys End feeds people in need and allows people to obtain donated items for free. Progressive Valley also collected and shipped items to three people in the military. They also sewed pillowcases for the ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases State Project and have made over 24 pillowcases. Progressive Valley Grange continues to take on new projects whenever the need arises. Congratulations to the Progressive Valley Grange on their outstanding achievements.