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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Community Service

Chairman Suzanne King

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

The Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament needs our help! Are YOU up to the Challenge?

March 17-18, 2018, Illinois State University is hosting the event at the Horton Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Illinois. They have never had a hospitality area at the state basketball event. They know what a great job we do at the Sum-mer Games, and are asking for our help once again. What a great way to promote our American Legion Family in the Community!

We have been asked to coordinate a small hospitality table with grab-and-go pre-packaged snacks (like granola bars) and water bottles, as well as volunteers for the Awards area on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, 2018. Please consider donating snacks, water, and most importantly YOUR smiling face. Please contact Suzanne or Michelle if you are able to help at this event.

Thanks in advance,
Suzanne King, Community Service Chairman, 312-375-0363
Michelle Woodburn, Children and Youth Chairman, 812-305-2164


As we are striving to build community awareness of the ALA and its mission, ALA members serve as brand advocates (Goal 5 of the Strategic Plan) through involvement in community activities and the wearing of our Auxiliary emblem, shirts and/or hats.
The Community Service Program promotes the American Legion Auxiliary’s visibility within our localities through our commitment to community, state and nation as we work with and invite other organizations to work on service projects to heighten awareness of the American Legion Auxiliary’s local efforts to support our veterans, service members, their families and the community. By being visible in our localities, the Community Service Program demonstrates who we are, what we do and why we matter.

Members should focus on projects that enhance the quality of life for veterans and their families and the citizens of a community. Some examples of this would be: Hosting a Stand Down, involvement in making donations to and supporting shelters for homeless veterans, participating in Welcome Home celebrations for our military, distributing Poppies, assisting with Bingo/Card games at senior/community centers, helping at events to benefit the community, volunteering at fund raisers, (Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, collecting donations for our Auxiliary Emergency Fund), volunteering at your church rummage sale to organize and sell items to the community, help at a food pantry.

Going along with the theme for the year of Going for the Gold, I am providing the Department with the Special Olympics Illinois website - On this site you can find your local office and be able to find events in your local area that you can volunteer at and get the word out about American Legion Auxiliary.

Be involved in your community, organize an effort with your local Unit, Post and/or Division to serve your community as a family group around one of the major National Days of Service/or one of the Department’s Major service projects or where you have a need in your community. Please note that it doesn’t matter how big or small these projects are, just make a difference.


9/11/17 – 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
10/28/17 – Make a Difference Day
11/11/17 – Veterans Day
11/18/17 – Family Volunteer Day
01/15/18 – Martin Luther King Jr Day
04/15/18 – Good Deeds Day
04/15/18-04/22/18 – National Volunteer Week
06/15/2018-06/17/2018 – Special Olympics Summer Games/Hospitality Tent

Remember to post your Community Service efforts to the Facebook

Also, please send me a description at

Department Awards
Pat’s Sole Sisters Plaque for the Unit with the best overall participation in the Community Service Program
Senior Volunteer of the Year Application Award
Junior Volunteer of the Year Application Award

My personal awards will be:
Award for Runner Up to the Pat’s Sole Sisters Plaque
Jr Member Award for the Best Participation in the Overall Community Service Program

Submitters are required to provide an essay describing what the participant did for all the Awards.

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items

Click Here: Community Service

  • How to help Veterans at Home
  • How to Make a Buddy Basket
  • How to Serve on National Days of Service

Department Resources