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Auxiliary Emergency Fund

Department of Alaska
Auxiliary Emergency Fund Chairman - 2016-2017
Leona Schank

Auxiliary Emergency Fund

The Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) was established in 1969 with a bequest from the estate of Auxiliary member Helen Colby Small of Burlington, Wisconsin. It continues today solely through generous donations from Auxiliary members.

Eligibility: Persons who have been members of the American Legion Auxiliary for at least the immediate past two consecutive years, AND whose current membership dues are paid at the time the emergency occurs (three consecutive years’ dues) may apply for assistance.

Assistance Provided: The maximum grant amount is $2,400, disbursed as the Auxiliary Emergency Fund Grant Committee determines.

Download Application for Assistance (doc)

Download Expedited Application for Disaster Victims Seeking Temporary Shelter Assistance (doc)

What is this program, and why do we have it?

The Auxiliary Emergency Fund provides temporary financial assistance to eligible members during times of financial crises or weather-related emergencies and natural disasters and promotes awareness and knowledge of the program.

What Can You Do?

1. Familiarize each unit and department with what AEF can and cannot do, where to locate the current application and how to apply.

  • Distribute the “Before you Begin – Frequently Asked Questions” sheet and AEF brochure found at www.ALAforVeterans.org to eligible members.

  • Promote as a benefit to new members.

  • Have printed applications and AEF brochures available during unit meetings and at the local post.

2. Help the National Auxiliary Emergency Fund obtain donations by supporting department and unit fundraisers.

  • Support fundraisers sponsored by your department and unit.

  • Make a personal donation to the AEF. Donations of $50 or more will receive a pin requested by your department from National Headquarters.

  • Put an AEF donation can in your local post (visit www.ALAforVeterans.org for a free, downloadable can label). Solicit local businesses for monetary or in-kind donations to your unit for AEF.

  • Schedule an annual “Members Helping Members” night at your local post. Not only is this a great time for an AEF fundraiser, but it gives you the opportunity to share information about what makes a member eligible to receive help from the AEF. Have membership applications available, and sign up new members during an event. Legion members might sign up eligible relatives in order to provide this protection for them. Prior to the event, be sure all unit members have read and are familiar with the AEF frequently asked questions as well as the criteria for assistance.


The following core rules apply to the Auxiliary Emergency Fund:
a. Temporary assistance to eligible members during:
  • A time of financial crisis when no other source of aid is readily available to pay for shelter, food and utilities.
  • Weather-related emergencies and natural disasters, for food and shelter.
  • Educational training for eligible members who lack the necessary skills for employment or to upgrade competitive workforce skills.
b. Assistance will not be granted to pay accumulated debts or medical expenses. The intent is to help members who have suffered a financial setback and is meant to be a bridge offering a helping hand until financial stability is re-established.
c. Eligibility: Persons who have been members of the American Legion Auxiliary for at least the immediate past two consecutive years and whose current membership dues are paid at the time the emergency occurs (three consecutive years’ dues) may apply for assistance.
d. Assistance provided: The maximum grant amount is $2,400, disbursed as the Auxiliary Emergency Fund Grant Committee determines.

AEF Reporting

Mid-Year Reports - Mid Year reports reflect the program work of units in the department. Each unit is required to submit a narrative report by December 5, 2016, to the Department AEF Chairman.
Year-End Reports - Annual reports reflect the program work of units in the department. Each Unit is required to submit a narrative report by April 15, 2017, to the Department AEF Chairman.

AEF Awards

Citation Plaque Recognition – Given to one unit and one department contributing the largest donations (per capita) to the Auxiliary Emergency Fund as of June 1, 2017.

Citation and Lapel Pin Recognition – Presented to any individual contributor donating $50 or more. The citation form is available at www.ALAforVeterans.org. Citations may be printed by the unit or department.

Additional Resources You Can Use

  1. www.operationhomefront.net (general financial assistance for military families)
  2. www.211.org (referral program for local help with food, housing and employment)
  3. www.fema.gov (disaster assistance)
  4. www.redcross.org (disaster assistance)
  5. www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  6. www.liheap.ncat.org (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

 

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