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.
2014 National Community Service Award Winners
1st Place: Ekonk Community Grange #89
Master of Ekonk Community Grange: Lincoln A. Cooper
151 Grange Members
The National Grange is happy to announce that Ekonk Community Grange #89 took 1st place in this year’s Community Service Contest! Fifty-two participating members of the Ekonk Community Grange contributed 21,001 hours to their community service projects, along with the help of 197 community citizens who themselves contributed over 800 hours!
New projects for Ekonk this year included: a Grange pavilion; Sterling Town Halloween Party; and a fund raiser for Kenneth Phaiah and EMT who is fighting a very serious intestinal disease he inherited while working. Ekonk along with other raised more than $3,000 for Kenneth. They work closely with the town library and Sterling Recreation Department. A special project dear to their hearts is letter writing and boxed gifts to the military, whom are former Junior Grangers. Ongoing projects for Ekonk: Sterling Family Day participation; entertaining out of State Grangers; the American Legion Veterans Housing, Inc.; annual Meet the Candidates nigh; Earth Day Contest; the Dictionary Project; Farm Tour participation, and adopt families just to name a few. They are using the internet to promote their projects which includes an active Facebook page. 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: Stanford Grange #808
Stanfordville, New York
Master of Stanford Grange: Margaret Plantier
93 Grange Members
Well done Stanford Grange #808 for being this year’s 2nd place winner of the National Grange Community Service Award. Not only are we celebrating them in the National Community Service category, but they have also been recognized this year for the 5th consecutive year as a Distinguished Grange.
Stanford Grange worked on several projects this year. A new service project was for Creative Crossroads, which is dedicated to all aspects of art. Creative Crossroads was headed by their own active Grange member Martine Vermeulen, who set up the project to make sure artists in all disciplines had space to reach local audiences. Other projects included: 55th Annual Stanford Community Day; FFA Fall Agricultural Festival; meet the Candidates forum; Election day spaghetti dinner; Pine Plains Community Food Locker; fundraised for the John Flood family who was left homeless after a fire. These are only a few of the community activities Stanford Grange is involved in. Thank you to everyone in the Stanford Grange for all your hard work!
3rd Place: Clear Lake Grange #692
Master of Clear Lake Grange: Vern Peterson
26 Grange Members
Good job Clear Lake Grange #692 for taking third in this year’s Community Service Contest! We are so excited to include them on this list. The members of Clear Lake Grange have put in over 2,100 hours into their community service projects.
Clear Lake Grange chooses community service projects that will have the most impact on their community as a whole. This year they worked on more than 20 different projects. They sponsored classes with AARP for the Mature Driving Classes and they have assisted victims of domestic abuse. Clear Lake collected food and money for the Aitkin Area Food Shelf, helped the Aitkin County Historical Society, Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin TRIAD, and Aitkin Women of today. They also support the Ronald McDonald House, the Bell Ringers of the Salvation Army, and Servicemen Projects for military at home and abroad.Thank you to everyone in the Clear Lake Grange #692 for all your hard work!
4th Place: Maple Grove Grange #148
Master of Maple Grove Grange: Norma Haines
20 Grange Members
Well done Maple Grove Grange #148 for taking fourth place in this year’s Community Service Contest! Eighteen participating members of the Maple Grove Grange contributed more than 100 hours to their community service projects, along help of non-Grange members in their community.
The Maple Grove Grange focused on a new project this year, collecting and donating new books to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH). All members of the Grange participated and allowed them to help BBCH’s library with new books for rotation. They also continued with providing on meal per month for the Community Meal project, along with the town of Sebago, the food pantry, and the Nazarene Church. They placed flags on all Veteran’s graves in Sebago. Maple Grove also worked with the Sebago Lions Club and SES PTC to sponsor breakfast with Santa, project Linus for the Center for Grieving Children, the Dictionary Project, and the Maine Grange Store. We at the National Grange commend the Maple Grove Grange for their unyielding devotion to helping others in need.