"Patroling and Servicing Your Community"
Calling all Community Service officers. When you are answering a call at various functions within your community are you wearing a proper Auxiliary uniform displaying the ALA symbol? Pin your Auxiliary pin on your chest as your badge. Let people know what organization you are on duty for. Stay vigilant when patrolling the streets of your community and noting where Auxiliary assistance may be needed. The ALA strives to make our communities better places in which to live. We continue to volunteer in our communities, showing compassion and heart for all, especially our military.
I received many requests for what does and what does not count as Community Service hours.
Does Not Count: Payment received for any hours spent helping family members who need assistance with shopping, transportation, trips to the doctor, and so on. It is wonderful you spend the time to care for your family.
Does Count: Any Community Service projects you volunteer for. Projects that focus on enhancing the quality of life for veterans and their families and the citizens of a community. Some examples 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, and if you volunteer at the suggested days of service by National: 9-11 (National Day of Service & Remembrance, 9/11/2016) Make a Difference Day (10/22/16), Veterans Day (11/11/16), National Family Volunteer Day (11/19/16), National Volunteer Week (4/23-29/17), the hours spent are all Community Service hours.
Expenses incurred for Community Service: Please keep track of monies spent while participating in community projects. Examples: Purchasing American flags for a business/park/town square, a waste recyclable bin to put on the sidewalk of your community, bleachers for your local sports field, a bench in the park, etc. A placard with the name of your Unit can be placed on the above items so the community knows the Auxiliary purchased them.
Please keep a record of hours and monies spent for Mid Year and Year End Reports. Award information: ilala.org, more information: alaforveterans.org and there is a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/ALACommunityService