The Foundation of
The Grange has always been involved
in rural communities.
Today, rural community is the heart
of the Grange.
Granges support local organizations, food
banks, education, veterans and families.
The Community Service and Involvement Committee provides ideas for community service, collects documentation of work performed to document non-profit status eligibility, judge the Community Service Yearbook contest at the annual State Grange Convention and also presents the Volunteer, Firefighter, Educator and Law Enforcement of the Year awards.
Elizabeth “Liz” Dehne
“The Endless Sea Filled with Possibilities” is a booklet created by the OSG Community Service and Membership Committees. Please see resource section below for a link.
The Community Service Annual Report deadline is MARCH 31. Please see the resource section at the bottom of the page for links to the form. Instructions and contest rules for the annual Yearbook contest are located in the OSG Awards Book Community Service section.
Community Service Yearbooks must be entered for judging at the State Grange Convention by noon on Sunday of Session. If no one from your Grange is attending the convention, you may mail your book to the Community Service Director postmarked no later than June 1.
Please see the resource section below for a link to the PDF file of the 2021 Yearbook contest winner, Marys River Grange #685.
Please see the resource section below for links to nomination forms for Volunteer, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer and Teacher of the Year.
Information and Application form for the National Grange Wib and June Justi Community Service award can be found here. The Community Service and Youth Committees are working together to identify a Youth or Young Adult member between the ages of 14 and 35 to receive this recognition.
Annual Community Service Report
We encourage all Community Granges to submit this report. The Order of the Patrons of Husbandry is a legally recognized non-profit (501c8) organization. Documentation of community service work supports this recognition and justifies the tax-exempt status of your Grange Hall. Additionally, it documents your activities for future Grange generations. If you design a Yearbook/Scrapbook of your activities, it can help tell the story of your Grange at public events.
The report is a voluntary self-reporting of effort and is not legally binding. Neither the IRS, National or State Granges will audit your report. It is expected you will furnish accurate (even if estimated) and factual information.
You may include any event your Grange held or allowed it’s Hall to serve as a venue for that provided a benefit to your community. You may also count the hours your Grange members volunteered on non-Grange projects. There is no financial benefit (other than documenting the current tax-exempt status) derived from reporting this information, but it shows the level of community involvement of your Grange and its members.
Simple maintenance (mowing, painting, cleaning) of your Hall does not count, although projects that improve accessibility to the community would. The effort to implement and keep a community garden and provide food would.
Fund raising for your own Hall and Grange does not count. Fundraising benefitting non-Profit organizations does count.
Representing your Grange at a fair or parade does not count. Holding an event to benefit others, such as Quilts of Valor, or Emergency Preparedness do count.
If you have questions about project eligibility, please contact the Community Service & Involvement Committee Director.
In addition to the Annual Report, there is a Yearbook Contest held at the Annual State Convention. See the OSG Awards book Community Service section in the resource section below for information. Consider making a yearbook even if you do not plan on submitting it in the contest, it is a great way to display the works of your Grange.
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
OSG Award, Contests and Scholarship Book Community Service Section info
Annual Community Service Report form
Community Service Project form
Community Service Volunteer Log form
The log is printable only.
Community Service Volunteer of the Year Nomination form
Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer/Teacher of the Year Nomination form
The Endless Sea of Possibilities Book info
Community Service Yearbook winner (file is large, 14.6 MB) info