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After years of declining membership, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) nationwide and in Yakima, is reporting an increase in new members.

As of July 2019, the VFW says a 27-year period of steady decline came to an end with the addition of nearly 25,000 new members.  Yakima’s Post 379 accounts for 93 of those new members.

Credit for the increase goes to new strategies to target potential members using social media, as well as word of mouth.  Locally, the post has been working hard on initiatives to reach a new crop of veterans, including a new website, increased engagement on social media platforms, and an e-newsletter. Small steps like these have helped the local Post better communicate with a younger demographic of veterans and active duty military who may not know what the VFW is and all they do.

To celebrate camaraderie and share information about membership, the local post is hosting an open house-style membership drive and Harvest Party on October 19th. The Harvest Party event includes dinner and music . The cost for dinner is $10.

 What: Harvest Party & Membership Drive

When: Saturday October 19, 2019

Where: VFW Post 379 – 118 S. 5th Avenue, Yakima 98901

The VFW is a service organization for veterans and active duty service members. Unlike many other service organizations, membership is an earned honor. For more information about the work the VFW is doing, please visit the website, vfwpost379.org.