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Adopt a Highway

Book of Golden Deeds Award

Community Service Projects Guide

Crime Prevention

Fire Prevention

Recommended Project: Vial of Life

Service to Seniors

 

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Lincolnland District Community Service

Community Service

All the activities that make up the Program of Service have a common goal of serving and benefiting our communities. Why then a separate category called Community Service? Because while the programs listed under Child Abuse Prevention, Youth and Americanism focus on specific areas within the community, the following projects are more broad in scope and are designed to benefit every community member.

These projects include Crime Prevention, Fire Prevention, The Book of Golden Deeds Award and Service to Seniors. For more information on implementing these projects, see the Community Service Projects Guide.

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Adopt a Highway

The adopt a highway project involves club and community members in removing unsightly trash such as bottles, cans, plastics and assorted ‘treasures’. Some clubs have made it a game to see what you can find.

Community Service is the lifeline of Exchange. Exchange Clubs across the country spend countless hours and dollars improving their communities each year. All of these activities share a common goal of serving and promoting our communities.

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Book of Golden Deeds Award

This exclusive Exchange Club program honors the quiet, good deeds of America's unsung heroes. The woman who regularly donates her time to care for disadvantaged children—the man who voluntarily instructs disabled persons in some skill or craft— these are the kinds of exceptional individuals that the Book of Golden Deeds Award aims to recognize. These uncommon men and women exist in every city and town and, if not for this project, might never receive the acclaim that they deserve. This program is easy to implement and extremely satisfying once accomplished.

Finding and screening nominees can be done in a number of ways and, if necessary, with the help of others in the community who are eager to cooperate in such a rewarding project. For some clubs, an annual awards banquet has become the social event of the year because the honored recipient is truly a hero of the community.

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Crime Prevention

To help stem the rising tide of crime, The National Exchange Club established a powerful program to heighten public awareness of the many ways average citizens can help prevent illegal activity. Since its inception, Exchange's Crime Prevention program has been endorsed by nearly every President of the United States as well as leading law enforcement officials. Because of its undeniable importance, the program is supported by the vast majority of Exchange Clubs. They can choose from a large and varied assortment of proven activities, including Child Fingerprinting, Junior Police, the Blue and Gold Wounded in Service Award, My Day in Court and many more.

While any of these vital activities can and should be carried out throughout the year, clubs are encouraged to kick off their anti-crime campaigns during National Crime Prevention Month, observed annually in October.

Each year, National Headquarters develops a complete promotional package for Crime Prevention efforts, including a slogan, a colorful, attention-getting poster, a place mat and a Personal Crime Prevention Action File. National Crime Prevention Kits, distributed to clubs well in advance of the October observance, also contain step-by-step instructions for the suggested projects, news releases, brochures and other useful items that enable Exchange Clubs to help lessen the menace of crime in their communities.

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Fire Prevention

Also observed during the month of October are Exchange's Fire Prevention activities. Year after year, fires in the United States claim thousands of lives and are responsible for countless injuries and vast amounts of property damage. But in many cases, those deadly and destructive fires could have been easily prevented.

Through such Fire Prevention activities as the presentation of educational talks, the distribution of information and the sponsorship of poster and essay contests for children, Exchange Clubs can help citizens to recognize and eliminate potential fire hazards, as well as teach them how to protect themselves if a fire does occur. In addition, clubs can support efforts to improve and expand fire fighting units, install smoke alarms in the homes of needy families or participate in a variety of other beneficial projects.

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Recommended Project: Vial of Life

The Vial of Life project involves distributing plastic vials such as those that carry prescription medicine, but with a difference. These vials each contain a medical information sheet and are placed in a highly visible location inside a person’s refrigerator. Vial of Life is a new recommended community service project.

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Service to Seniors

As this segment of society continues to grow, so does the need for programs that assist older Americans, enabling them to continue leading productive lives. It is the responsibility of all Americans to ensure that seniors are able to enjoy not only longer life, but an enhanced quality of life.

Exchange Clubs, as part of their overall commitment to community service, should welcome the opportunity to reach out to older Americans, helping them remain in the mainstream of society and assisting them in meeting their special needs in whatever ways possible.

That is the positive purpose of the activities that comprise Exchange's Service to Seniors program. Exchange Clubs can choose from projects such as Adopt-a-Grandparent, the Golden Key Latchkey program, the Senior Citizen of the Year Award, Meals on Wheels, Home Safety Check program, Sunshine Special and other programs. These activities that clubs develop to address specific needs, can help make a lasting difference in the lives of a community's senior citizens.

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