VFW Sponsored Events
At Trappe VFW, we believe in the importance of giving back to our community. That's why we are proud to sponsor a variety of community outreach events throughout the year. From scholarship programs, boy scouts, and youth sports teams, we are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those around us & in the communities of Collegeville & Trappe.
Starting in 2008, the Trappe VFW and their car show committee put on an annual car & truck show to raise money for a local child in need. In 2010, after one of the shows founding members passed away, the show was named in honor of him, Frank H. Martin III.
Today that tradition continues with the annual event "under the lights" on our grass lit field. The event raises money and is not a "proceeds of" show but a "100% show". What that means is everything is donated, the show has no cost to put on; therefore we pass on every dollar we raise to the local child in need. We've raised well over $175,000 for local children.
For more information visit trappevfwcarshow.com
Each year we select a veterans organization to support that is filling the unmet or under resourced needs of veterans (Housing, Service Dogs, PTSD counseling, etc). Golfers pay their own way to play in the outing and all funds are donated to that years selected recipient.
Past donation recipients include Vets for Vets and Alpha Bravo Canine.
Voice of Democracy
Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through 12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.3 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000.
Each year, nearly 68,800 students in sixth through eighth grades enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!