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Our Outreach & Service

Since its reorganization in 2021, Jefferson Grange has initiated and participated in many service projects and events. We evaluate each idea or opportunity against our mission: to build local resiliency and sustainability in Southern Schuylkill County.

Learn more about the many ways we have begun to fulfill that mission and the continuing efforts that will ensure our area and our people thrive for generations to come

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Adult Night Out

To benefit the Suicide Prevention Task Force of Schuylkill Couty, the Adult Night Out was held on April 9, 2022, at the Pioneer Evergreen Farms Banquet Center in Orwigsburg. The inaugural event raised nearly $2,000 and awareness about the prevalence and impact suicide has in Schuylkill County, in rural communities in general and specifically in the farm and veterans populations.

See pictures, taken by Lindsay Schroeder of Little Linds Photos from the event here. You can also see the interview prior to the event that appeared on PA Live (WBRE) and the story about the event that ran on WBRE nightly newscast on April 9.

Thank you to those who purchased tickets, sponsored luminaries and our event sponsors: Clauser Environmental, LLC; Koch's Lawn and Garden, New Ringgold.

And our partners: King Cole Winery, Schuylkill Haven; Tooth of the Lion Farm, Orwigsburg; SpringGate Vineyard and Winery, Harrisburg; The Cake Pros, a Blessing Table Company, Schuylkill Haven and Andreas; Black Rock Brewery, Pottsville; Adonis Sound and Lighting, Pottsville and the Orwigsburg Police Department.

Hunger No More Campaign Kick-Off Dinner

In March 2022, we kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about food insecurity in our area and beyond and advocate and for greater coordination of efforts to ensure all of our neighbors have enough to eat.

 

The "Hunger Banquet" held as part of this event was envisioned to bring together local elected officials and civic leaders to learn and discuss solutions from establishing more community gardens to evaluating local ordinances that may prohibit individuals from being part of their own hunger recovery efforts. Only one elected official attended, in addition to about two dozen individuals interested in food security, but the effort was still successful in creating conversation and mobilizing individuals to the cause. We thank our event partners, Costenbader Farm, Orwigsburg; Bakery IV, Pottsville; Tooth of the Lion Farm, Orwigsburg; the many Jefferson Grange members who donated food items for the event and Wayne and Debbie Campbell of the Pennsylvania State Grange.

See coverage of the event on our press page.  

As part of the campaign, Jefferson Grange has also become the primary partner with the Schuylkill Haven Community Garden, worked with Pottsville City officials to prepare for a community garden in that municipality, and honor the significant connection of Schuylkill County residents to Ukraine by creating a fund drive for the World Food Programme to purchase emergency food boxes that will feed a family for a month. As of April 2022, we have collected enough to feed more than 40 refugee families. Click here learn more about our Hunger No More Campaign and the efforts we are or plan to undertake under that banner.

Free Photos with Santa

In December, we hosted an evening for children to come sit and talk with Santa and get their photos with the jolly old elf. We surprised each child with a gift from Jefferson Grange.

In addition, we collected pajamas for individuals of all ages using services of Schuylkill Hope; nonperishable items for local food pantries; and partnered with Schuylkill County 4-H to collect new or slightly used coats for the One Warm Coat drive.

Fireworks & Freedom Quilts of Valor Awards

In July 2021, we were proud to take part in the Schuylkill Haven fireworks event, adding to it a moment to honor a few local veterans. 

Jefferson Grange awarded Quilts of Valor to five local veterans - part of a nationwide partnership between Grange and QoV called Under Our Wings. These were our first few awards. As of April 2022, we have awarded more than 30, most of which that have been made by locally members of Jefferson Grange. We have also hosted a Sew Day and plan to schedule one per quarter to help connect sewers and quilters of the area to our group and this worthy program as well as teach basic sewing skills to those in our community who wish to learn.

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