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.
2013 National Community Service Award Winners
1st Place: Richmond Grange #6
West Kingston, Rhode Island
Master of Richmond Grange: Haven C. Nelson
110 Grange Members
Good job Richmond Grange #6 for taking first place in this year’s Community Service Contest! Over 400 hours were contributed by 42 Richmond Grange members towards their community service projects, along with other community citizens. We at the National Grange commend the Richmond Grange for their unyielding devotion to helping others in need.
Their big new project for this year was to support the MS Society. Richmond Grange’s team ‘Walking Fish’ raise nearly $10,000 prior to the walk. The 6.2 mile walk was on April 7th in the town of Narragansett and there is an optional 50 mile walk was held the first week of September. This project was of the utmost importance because several members and members’ family are afflicted with MS. 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. 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!
2nd Place: Butternut Valley Grange #1533
Gilbertsville, New York
Master of Butternut Valley Grange: Roger Halbert
70 Grange Members
Well done Butternut Valley Grange #1533 for being this year’s 2nd place winner of the National Grange Community Service Award. Over 1,000 hours were contributed by 52 Grange members. Along with them other members of their community gave almost 800 hours to these causes.
Butternut Valley Grange focuses on causes for children and youth in their community. They have annual Halloween party, Christmas gift bags for several children, buy and donate dictionaries to the 3rd graders in 2 of the local schools, and those are just a few of their projects. A new project this year recognized an area 4-H leader who contributed endless hours benefitting children who avail themselves of the 4-H experience. Butternut Valley aldose moderation a debate between two mayoral candidates and they also worked with 3 local churched to cleanup a nearby community that was flooded. Thank you to everyone in the Butternut Valley Grange for all your hard work!
3rd Place: Mile Branch Grange #933
Columbiana County, Ohio
Master of Mile Branch Grange: Brian Nordquest
95 Grange Members
Good job Mile Branch Grange #933 for taking third in this year’s Community Service Contest! We are so excited to include them on this list. The members of Mile Branch Grange have put in a lot of hours and love into their community service projects.
Their big project this year was Pull for a Cure which was held on the Grange’s fairgrounds. They worked with MAC Trailer Co. and Shriners to raise over $20,000 for American Cancer Society and Shriner’s Children Hospital. Some of their ongoing projects include Mile Branch Community Fair, scholarships, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, and prepared and served a meal for 206 people in the Community Fellowship & Food program. They choose their projects based on the need of their community. Thank you to everyone in the Mile Branch Grange #933 for all your hard work!
4th Place: Ekonk Community Grange #89
Master of Ekonk Community Grange: Katie L. Molodich
146 Grange Members
Well done Ekonk Community Grange #89 for taking fourth place in this year’s Community Service Contest! Sixtyfour participating members of the Ekonk Community Grange contributed 19,676 hours to their community service projects, along with the help of 126 community citizens who themselves contributed over 700 hours!
The Ekonk Community Grange had a new focus this year: helping their community thru the Sandy Hook tragedy. They worked with other members in their community to organize a memorial for Sandy Hook victims. They also assisted with the Plainfield 2day Relay. Other new projects include participating in the Youth Experience at the Oliver Hudson Kelly Farm and donated a world wall map. Ongoing projects include: taking gifts to residents of convalescent homes; participating in Sterling Family Day; 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.