Chairman Suzanne King
“STRIVING FOR THE GOLD BY SERVING THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITIES!”
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 - www.soill.org. 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.
NATIONAL DAYS OF SERVICE:
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/ALACommunityService
Also, please send me a description at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.