Santa Cruz Moose Lodge #545 Community Service

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Community Service

Welcome to the Community Service page. Our Lodge Community Service Chairman is J.D. Sotelo and he can be reached at with any questions. You should also notify J.D. of any community service that you participate in. Current and upcoming community service efforts can be found in the box to the right. Below on this page you will find links to some of the organizations that our Lodge provides community service for. At the bottom you will find the Moose 6 Point Program, a Moose guideline to what activities Members are encouraged to participate in.

    Organizations Our Lodge provides community service to

  • Our Lodge is the Charter Sponsor of Scout Pack 676
    Scout Pack 676
  • Valley Churches United Missions We do various food drives, the Light Parade, Poker Run, Grand Can Competition. Our Lodge has raised thousands of dollars for this cause.
  • The Santa Cruz County Alzheimer's Association
  • The Monte Foundation Fireworks Spectacular We get asked year in and year out to oversee the entrance gates to this fun event! They love us!!
  • The Big Brothers & Big Sisters "Bowl for Kids Sakes"

Moose International Community Service Six-Point Program

Effective May 1, 2003
  • 1. Mooseheart. Includes all donations in support of Mooseheart Child City and School (a 501C3 organization under the IRS code).
  • 2. Youth Awareness. Includes participation in Association Student Congresses and follow-up Moose Kids Talk presentations by Moose-trained teens to groups of children ages 4-9. Also includes Lodge participation in local programs such as D.A.R.E., P.A.C.E, Red Ribbon and Pride.
  • 3. Moose Youth Sports. Includes support of community youth sports leagues and school- sponsored sports, plus participation in and support of Special Olympics and “Hook-a-Kid-on-Golf”.
  • 4. Scouting/Yellowstone YCC/Spinoza Bear. Includes Lodges charter-partnering with a Boy Scout unit or giving financial support to a Boy or Girl Scout unit; also provides for Lodge donations of $50 or more in a fiscal quarter to the Mooseheart Scouting program. Also includes all donations to the Yellowstone Conservation Corps (a US National Part Service program totally funded by the Moose since 1990); and all donations of Spinoza Bears to youth or senior citizens (an international project of the Women of the Moose). Tommy Moose (a new program introduced by Supreme Governor Tommy Hatcher for 2003-2004) is a unique soft and cuddly Moose, with woven red sweater and “Tommy Moose” embroidered in white on front. He is to be donated to a local Law Enforcement Agency (i.e. Police Department, Sheriff Department, State Police, etc.) to carry in their squad/patrol cars and be given to calm young children in crisis situations. The recognition, not to mention the good feelings the Lodge, Chapter, or Moose Legion receives for this Moose charitable endeavor is PRICELESS, when the emotions of a young child is changed from distraught and distress to calm and happy.
  • 5. Moosehaven/Senior Citizens/Food & Shelter. Includes all donations to Moosehaven (a 501C3 organization). Also all holiday meals for the elderly, plus social/ recreation activities for them throughout the year. Also, food donations to any local pantry/community center offering food to the needy; donations of needed items or cash to homeless shelters; or a Lodge giving temporary shelter in the wake of natural disasters.
  • 6. Local Volunteer Services. Includes all other programs/projects tailored to local needs – including service at a VA medical facility, especially during “National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans” in February; plus “Adopt-a-Highway”, Meals on Wheels, local telethons, walk-a-thons, bowl-a-thons and the like.

If you are involved in any community service such as the examples above, please write down your hours, amount you spent, and the number of miles you drove during the service and give them to J.D. Sotelo at the Lodge or email them to him at

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