The Moose "Heart of the Community" program challenges people to become volunteers through membership in the Moose. It calls for capable and inspired leadership and for a generous giving of thought, effort and time. When taking into account hours worked, miles driven and dollars donated, the men and women of the Moose contribute between $70 million and $100 million worth of service every year to communities throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

 

Community Service 6 Point Program

Our heart of the community Program

 

Community Service has been a continuously evolving portion of the overall Moose fraternal program ever since its inception under the name "Civic Affairs" in the late 1940's by then-Director General Malcolm Giles. The kaleidoscope of all that is Moose Community Service was organized into a "Five-Point Program" in the early 1990's, then expanded in mid-decade to the "Six-Point Program." The current "Heart of the Community" program was introduced at the fraternity's 2013 International Convention in Milwaukee.

 

The "Heart of the Community" program is made up of three distinct categories:

 



 

our core initiatives:

 

There is an old adage that states, "Charity begins at home," and Moose members certainly take that statement to heart. No other fraternal organization can boast the fact that the support of its members makes possible both the operation of a premiere residential childcare facility and a modern and secure retirement community for senior members. These are two achievements of which all Moose members are extremely proud. Mooseheart, which is located in Illinois's Fox River Valley just 40 miles west of Chicago, has been serving children in need for more than 100 years. Originally founded in 1913 to care for the orphaned children of Moose members, Mooseheart has expanded its scope in recent years to provide comfort, stability and opportunity to children in need from across the country and points around the world. Among its many virtues, our "Child City" provides family-style housing, an accredited K-12 school, and a variety of vocational, musical and athletic offerings to the residents of Mooseheart's 1,000-acre campus.
 
On the banks of the St. John's River in Orange Park, Florida, just outside of Jacksonville, sits our "City of Contentment." Since 1922, Moosehaven has provided a world of comfort and convenience for senior members and spouses who seek to escape the cares and burdens of everyday life during their twilight years. In addition to comfortable residences and bright and clean common areas, Moosehaven features top-notch medical facilities, including a clinic, our Life Care Center for advanced medical treatment and Katherine Smith Special Needs Hall for residents suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Moosehaven also features a full slate of entertainment and activities to keep residents engaged physically, mentally and emotionally. Residents at Moosehaven consider every day to be "another day in paradise."
Can teenagers persuade younger children to make positive choices in life? YES! say the teens and adults who work together in the Moose Youth Awareness Program. For more than 25 years, we have organized high school students into a highly effective "speakers' bureau" with the goal of educating pre-school and elementary school children on a variety of topics, such as drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, stranger danger, bullying and peer pressure, and healthy habits and nutrition.
 

Tommy Moose is a custom-designed plush animal that Loyal Order of Moose Lodges, Women of the Moose Chapters and members donate to police, fire and emergency services departments. The concept is for emergency personnel to always have several Tommy Moose plush on hand in an emergency vehicle. The plush is given to children who are suddenly faced with a traumatic situation -- be it an automobile accident, a house fire, a weather disaster, or other extreme strain. Since the program was introduced in 2003, more than 100,000 Tommy Moose plush have been presented throughout North America. The program has expanded over the years, and Tommy Moose plush has been presented to other organizations in an effort to bring comfort to those that the organizations serve. Nursing facilities, foster homes, homeless shelters, and shelters for the abused have all realized the positive impact that Tommy Moose can bring to an individual in crisis.

 

 

In 2008, the Moose fraternity formed a partnership with the Safe Surfin' Foundation, a non-profit organization operated out of the Bedford, VA Sheriff's Department. The goal of the Safe Surfin' Foundation is to educate school-aged children and their parents about the potential dangers on the Internet. Through funds contributed annually by the units and members of the Moose fraternity, the Safe Surfin' Foundation has been able to identify additional avenues through which children can be protected and Internet predators can be pursued, apprehended and incarcerated. The Safe Surfin' Foundation is able to provide computer equipment to local law enforcement agencies through the "Cop in a Box" program. Moose Lodges throughout the fraternity are provided with EZ Systems Child ID kits to provide parents with a complete data profile of the children that can be provided to police should their child go missing. And in its newest initiative, "Protecting the Protectors," law enforcement agencies are provided with much-needed ballistic vests that are utilized when officers are in the process of arresting Internet predators.

 

The Moose fraternity also formed a partnership in 2008 with Special Olympics North America and the Amateur Softball Association of America to provide the necessary support to enable annual softball competition on a national (and sometimes international) level. Softball is the fastest growing Special Olympics sport in participation, and support from the men and women of the Moose has opened up additional avenues for competition and promotion of the sport. The Moose's partnership with Special Olympics also extends beyond the support of softball. Once the tournament has been completely funded, any remaining funds are donated back to state and provincial Special Olympics programs for their benefit. The more contributions that come from a state or province, the better the quality of the national event and the more the state or provincial program will benefit. Lodges and Chapters are also encouraged to get their members actively involved as volunteers at local or state/provincial Special Olympics games.

 

 

 

The Moose Alert program is designed to serve two primary purposes. The first is to actively engage members in search efforts for lost or missing children. We ask our Lodges to form solid relationships with local police, fire and emergency service departments so that these agencies know they can rely on our members during such situations. The second primary purpose of the program is to utilize our Lodge buildings and facilities during times of emergencies or disasters. Our organization has partnered with The Salvation Army in an effort to effectively communicate and coordinate manpower and resources when communities are in dire need of assistance. While these are the primary purposes of the program, there are other ways in which our members and facilities can be utilized. Volunteers can man Salvation Army mobile canteens and assist in distribution of goods to those in need. Lodge buildings can also be utilized as warming or cooling stations for local residents during those times when outdoor temperatures reach extreme levels.

 

 
 

 

Our companion initiatives:

 

Companion Initiatives are recognized and reputable programs similar in nature to corresponding Core Initiatives. Some examples are:

 

Make-a-Wish Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters
D.A.R.E.
Red Ribbon
Emergency Services
Scouting Programs
Youth Sports
Salvation Army

 


 

Local volunteer services:

 

Local Volunteer Services refers to all efforts not specifically mentioned in either the Core Initiatives or Companion Initiatives. These efforts are equally important and can make a significant mark in a local community. Participation in events like the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life or the American Heart Association's Heart Walk; maintaining the environment through the Adopt-a-Highway program or local recycling initiatives; volunteering with Habitat for Humanity; or visiting with residents of local nursing facilities or hospice patients are just a few of the numerous examples of ways for members to get involved locally.
 
 
 
 
 
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