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December 2014 Old Town Report Newsletter

Crowdfunding

Please, take our "Crowdfunding for Orcutt Post 534" survey.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds through donations from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Basically we would ask all our family and friends on the internet to donate a small, but respectable amount (say $10) of money to help our Orcutt Post 534 operate.  As an example, if we had 300 people in our Post ask three of their family & friends to donate $10 each, that would be 900 people donating $10 each to help our Post do the good work of the American Legion or $9,000. The results could be far greater!

We are considering using the idea of Crowdfunding and would like to know if you would support the idea, so we created a little three question survey on the subject, please take the survey and let us know if this idea is worth pursuing. 
Crowdfunding Survey.

 Please keep in mind that Orcutt Post 534 is a 501 (c) 19 (veterans service organization) nonprofit corporation and donations to our Post are tax deductible.

The extent to which this idea will work, depends on how willing you are to donate and ask your family and friends to donate. There is no need to BBQ food, wash dishes, clean grills or even sell tickets.  This is an "easy sneezy" idea, all you would need to do is donate a few bucks and ask a lot of your family & friends to do the same.

We will publish the results of our "Crowdfunding for Orcutt Post 534" survey next week.

Post 534 Pictures


Monday, December 1
BBQ Fundaiser Flier

Sunday, December 7
Post Breakfast Flier

Saturday, December 13
Orcutt Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 14
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2013 By The Numbers

By the numbers? Where do the numbers come from? The Consolidated Post Report (CPR) is where they come from.

The Consolidated Post Report (CPR) was established in 1975 in order to assist American Legion Departments in the documentation of the various activities a specific post has done during the twelve-month reporting period June 1, through May 31. The Consolidated Post Report may be the most important document your post will complete. Your post’s information, combined with that of other posts, is used when the national commander and others testify to Congressional leaders on behalf of all veterans. Each post has a story of service to tell, and when we speak collectively our strength service to America is magnified.

American Legion posts around the world gave millions of hours, raised millions of dollars and influenced millions of lives in 2012 and 2013. The newest American Legion Consolidated Post Report (2013), released in August, attaches numbers to the Legion's acts of service, advocacy and outreach.

As an example during the 2012-2013 Legion year it was reported through Consolidated Post Reports that Legionnaires donated over 3 MILLION volunteer hours of service and almost 4 MILLION dollars in support veterans and their families all across America.

In addition to traditional paper reporting, posts can now fill out and submit their forms online through myLegion.org.

This link 2013 By the Numbers will give you a snapshot of the number of activities performed by American Legion posts in the 2012-2013 period.

These numbers are often used by Legionnaires when they are speaking to members of the United States Congress when important issues concerning veterans are being discussed. They can also be used when you are discussing the good work of The American Legion with members of the media, community leaders and prospective new members of The American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and American Legion Riders. The American Legion does much good work for our veterans, their families and our communities. The data compiled and shared in the 2013 By the Numbers helps demonstrate how much good work The Legion does each and every year.

The American Legion, we are Veterans Still Serving America!



Veterans Crisis Line

"Last year, the United States lost one member of its military every 18 hours to suicide. Veterans and their family members who feel that they may harm themselves should call the Veterans Crisis Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, press 1."

Dan Delinger,
National Commander, The American Legion


Workplace Giving

Also called employee fund drives - workplace campaigns are charitable solicitations of people conducted at their workplace.

Through workplace giving and payroll deductions to American Legion Charities, it’s easier than ever to stand up for our nation’s veterans and their families.  You support creative and innovative efforts to build better lives for veterans, service personnel and their families.  You ensure our war time veterans receive our sincere gratitude, and at the same time promote a genuinely patriotic cause.

Federal government employees can sign up through the Combined Federal Campaign, the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.

There are also unique campaigns for state and local government employees, and many corporations offer matching gift or other workplace giving programs.

When you choose payroll deduction to support American Legion Charities, you simply specify the amount you want to give and your payroll department takes care of the rest, giving you a tax receipt for your records.

For corporate workers, if your employer awards matching funds, American Legion Charities receives an added donation thanks to your participation.

More on Volunteering


Your Volunteer Time Has Value:

The estimated value of volunteer time in California for 2013 was over $26 per hour.

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Volunteer Time

The American Legion is a federally chartered organization in part because it fulfills needs and offers services that might not otherwise be provided. Members of The American Legion devote millions of volunteer hours, and raise millions of dollars that help veterans, military families and communities, every year.

American Legion volunteer opportunities are plentiful and varied, across the country. Legionnaires provide after-school tutoring programs and youth activities in urban communities. They can also be found in most VA medical centers and clinics, offering assistance to patients and their families. American Legion posts adopt military units, National Guard armories and Reserve centers to help out whenever needs arise. Young people participating in American Legion Baseball, Boys State, Junior Shooting Sports, Oratorical contests and other activities depend on volunteer leadership and organization.

The American Legion is dedicated to improving support for active duty servicemembers and veterans during their time of transition and rehabilitation and will continue to provide members with volunteer opportunities.


Orcutt Post 534
The American Legion

The American Legion is a powerful force in our nation’s Capitol! The American Legion is the nation’s largest (2.4 million members), most influential, effective and dependable veterans service organization (VSO). Since our very first meeting in Paris, France in 1919, The American Legion has a vision for a Strong America which includes four pillars of service:

  • Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation
  • National Security
  • Children and Youth
  • Americanism.

 

Orcutt Post 534, The American Legion, 145.wclark Avenue, Orcutt CA 93455-4624 * 805-937-0651

information@orcuttpost534.org

 
   

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