March 28th, 2014 - Shawn Baile, Director of Activities
For the first time, Community Service is to be the focal point of a half-day at our 2014 International Convention. On Saturday June 21, the entire morning will be devoted to a wide variety of Community Service efforts in the Las Vegas area. Listed below is a short description of the Community Service events that will be offered to the 2014 Las Vegas Convention attendees.
A variety of support duties at the Three Square Food Bank will be planned. Moose members will help by sorting donations and putting together donations before they are delivered. Each Convention attendee will be asked to bring a non-perishable item or a canned good to Las Vegas. A collection of these items will be made to the food pantry on behalf of the Moose.
For those with a green thumb, the Moose is organizing a morning of planting and beautification in a Salvation Army community garden. The community garden serves three major functions: providing fresh produce for the Salvation Army Food Pantry; enabling individuals to grow food for their families; encouraging locals to learn more about gardening and participate in community activities.
Members will be given the chance to sort donations and participate in an activity that involves children at The Shade Tree, an organization that serves homless and abused women and children. The Shade Tree aims to provide safe shelter to women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.
Another option is to help stock the pantry, clean the grounds, provide landscaping and assemble hygiene bags at the St. Therese Center, a Catholic ministry whose mission statement states that it "welcomes and serves people of all faiths and extends the Lord's healing to all persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
A neighborhood cleanup is being planned through the Outside Las Vegas Foundation. The Outside Las Vegas Foundation works to connect peopple to Southern Nevada’s special outdoor places and to create a community that enjoys, values, and protects these places. Activities for this event will include fire hydrant painting, landscaping removal and trash pickup.
A Tommy Moose Presentation to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County Fire Department will be set up. The Tommy Moose program aids in helping children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. the Tommy Moose character has grown to personify happiness, safety, and security through personal appearances, books, and on children's goods.
The Moose fraternity will be working with the Safe Surfin' Foundation and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police to organize a Child ID event. The Safe Surfin' Foundation works to educate the public about Internet crimes against children and how communities can protect their children from becoming victims. The Safe Surfin' initiative is three-pronged--involving education, criminal enforcement and advocacy.
A blood drive, coordinated through United Blood Services is also being planned. United Blood Services gathers blood through donations and provides whole blood and blood products to 18 western states in the United States. More than 25 million people in communities throughout these states depend on United Blood Services' generous volunteer blood donors and staff for blood and blood products.