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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Auxiliary Emergency Fund

Linda Iberg

Feed the Need to "Preserve" ..... Give to AEF

No one plans for a disaster affecting them and their families. However, the Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is there to help with a monetary donation to see them through the initial shock and needs. The AEF is a national based fund and fed by donations from American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members through their Units, Counties, Districts, Divisions, and Departments.
Every donation counts... small or large... they all add up and become the power of help in a time of need!
The AEF originated in 1969 starting with a bequest from the estate of an Auxiliary member, Helen Colby Small of Burlington, Wisconsin. The fund continues today solely through generous donations from Auxiliary members. This assistance prog ram provides temporary help to eligible members during a time of financial crises or weather-related emergencies and natural disasters. The member's eligibility to receive help requir es that their current dues be paid and they have maintained membership in good standing for three con secutive years (the current year and the immediate past two years). The application must be completed and signed by the applicant, the Unit President and Unit Secretary. Then it is submitted to Department Secretary for verification of membership eligibility. After approval by Department, it is submitt ed to National for processing.

The Auxiliary Emergency Fund Application, the expedited AEF Application (to be use in the case of a natural disaster), the AEF Contribution Form, and Certificate of Appreciation can all be found on the ALA National website. 

Emergency assistance grants may be awarded by the AEF Grant Committee on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of $2,400. Grant funds may be used only for shelter, food or utilities. AEF funds may not be used for medical expenses or debt such as that on credit cards.

Department Awards:

ANN'S REPORTERS PLAQUE - to the District with the highest contribution by June 1, 2019 My personal awards:
$10.00 to the Unit with the highest contribution by July 1, 2019

$10.00 to the Division with the highest contribution by July 1, 2019

National Awards:

Department Award: Largest Contribution - Deadline: June 1, 2019

Unit Award: Unit Contributing the Largest Amount (per capita) - Deadline: June 1, 2019

Department Award: Department Contributing the Largest Amount (per capita) - Deadline June 1, 2019.

Thanking you all ahead for your donations this coming year to the Auxiliary Emergency Fund.

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items
  • Auxiliary Emergency Fund Application
  • Expeditated Auxiliary Emergency Fund Application
  • Certificate of Appreciation

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