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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Community Service

Linda Iberg

Community service is a way to show our stewardship of Patriotism by giving back and helping in our communities. Our theme is “Community Crafting is …”

C-aring, R-eaching others, A-chieving tasks, F-ulfilling needs, T-ogether.

Illinois Units have been out in the community with these events:
Arthur Unit 479: Place 600 flags in honor of Veterans on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. Along with 114 blue Auxiliary flags on past members graves on Memorial Day. They sponsor military street signs and sponsor the Service Club at ALAH High School. This club of students help the Honor Guard in parades and Memorial Day services at cemetery. The Unit participates in the community parades. They send an Easter card and Lily to the Gold Star mothers and a poinsettia and card at Christmas.
Strasburg Unit 289 sponsored a Christmas Store and the funds received were used for Community projects and Veterans.

Gibson City Unit supplied hot meals for flood victims and first responders in August.
Green Rock Colona Unit 1233 is doing a basket raffle to help a local policeman who recently lost his wife.
Benton Unit 280 had a Trunk of Treat for the community children and then a Thanksgiving meal free to anyone in the community. They had a Wii bowling tournament, Seed swap and collected items for the tornado victims in Eastern Kentucky.

Collinsville Unit 365 has an annual Christmas party for the children in the community. The last 2 years have been drive through and well attended. They recently held a trivia night and the winners all donated back for the Children’s Christmas Party. They participate in the local parades also.

Petone Unit 392 co-hosted a free Covid Pop Up Clinic. Also 180 Valentine’s bags were delivered to Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

Lawrenceville Unit 28 delivered over 75 Valentine cards and candy to women Veterans in the area homes. They just delivered St. Patrick’s day cookies to area veterans homes,

East Moline Unit 227 “crafted” cards to distribute to Veterans.

St. Charles Unit 342 supply groceries to families in need. They participated in community parades and 100% participation in Constitutional Day festivities on September 17th. This celebration is for the first signing of the Constitution. On Veteran’s Day they have chili and desserts waiting for everyone after the ceremonies. The chili is a 30-year recipe and made every year. They supply pies and desserts for the weekly Wednesday community chat at the Post and is open to all from the community. They stuffed and distributed 1400 Christmas stockings to homebound vets, widows of vets and homeless shelters and first responders.

New Baden Unit 321 sponsors blood drives, community dinners, plant sales, purse bingos, and craft fairs. They participate in the Memorial Day community ceremonies and march in the parade for the community festival in June.

This is just a tidbit of what these Units are doing throughout the state. Big shout out of Thank you to all these Auxiliary members.

Remember to nominate a Senior and Junior for Community Service Member of the year. The forms are on the Department website and are due April 1. There are service hours worksheet links on the website also. One is autofill and the other is manual. There is a section for Community Service member monthly hours and this will be helpful for your year-end reports. Please submit a short narrative to nominate a Unit for the overall “Unit of the Year” by May 1. This is best overall participation in Community Service program. Please include Unit, District, & Division numbers and a contact person.

Remember… National Volunteer week is always the third week of April. Ideas of more projects are donating or assisting at food banks, work with local law enforcement for a child safety program, and of course always wear the brand. Be proud and give the Community reasons to support and join our organization.
Thank you, President Patti for this opportunity of chairmanship. I am very grateful to be part of your team and work towards “Crafting a Brighter Future for our Veterans”.

Community Service is a program for all Units to help strengthen the communities by providing volunteer leadership, encourages stewardship of Patriotism, and acknowledges our country military history with support to the families that have sacrifice for our freedom. Every ALA Unit is expected to implement or cooperate in at least one project for community improvement annually.

What can you do?
1. Become visible in the community and get involved.
2. Wear the brand
3. Reach out to local ministers and first responders; let them know the Unit is available to help.
4. Get involved with others and volunteer at local library, food pantry, senior citizen centers, assisted living centers, nursing homes and domestic violence shelters.
5. Represent the Auxiliary as a member of local community boards and committees.
6. Unit can and should volunteer or assist with Veteran’s Day & Memorial Day observances and of course… Poppy Days.

The Community Service’s theme will be “Community Crafting is….
“C” aring, “R” eaching others, “A” chieving tasks, “F” ulfilling needs, “T” ogether.

1. Pat’s Sole Sisters: Unit for best overall participants in a Community Service program.
2. Sr. Volunteer of the Year Award: Senior member that volunteered the most in service to their community.
3. Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award: Junior member that volunteered the most in service to their community.
4. Personal Awards – Runner up to Pat’s Sole Sisters - $10.00
5. Personal Awards – Division with the most Units submitting Community Service Projects-$10.00

Remember to submit your mid-year and year-end reports on time. Each Unit should track member’s community service hours and turn in a summary sheet of their members hours for the year end awards.

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Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items
  • How to help Veterans at Home
  • How to Make Buddy Baskets
  • How to serve on National Days of Service

Department Resources