2016-2017 American Legion Auxiliary Community Service
What is this program and why do we have it?
The Community Service Program promotes the American Legion Auxiliary’s visibility within our localities through our commitment to community, state and nation. By being visible in our localities, the Community Service Program demonstrates who we ae, what wre do and why we matter.
What can you do?
Become visible within your community. 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, servicemembers, their families and the community.
Ideas for Members & Units
There are endless ideas to be shared amongst our members, units and department. Don’t be afraid to share some of these with others. There are also many suggestions available to you on the national website - www.alaforveterans.org
Remember to always be a visible representative of the Auxiliary. You can do this by wearing a shirt with the ALA name or emblem, an emblem pin, etc. You can also display your table front banner at events you take part in.
**NOTE: If you are ordering anything with the ALA name or emblem from a source other than Emblem Sales, remember that a request first must be submitted through your department headquarters to National Headquarters for approval by the national secretary.
Remember to do your best to advertise any community service projects/events. Utilize as many resources as you can. Let your members and your community know Who we are. What we do. Why we matter!
Community Service Reporting
Mid-Year Reports - Department due date is December 5, 2016. Mid-year reports reflect the program work of units in the department. Each Unit Community Service Chairman is required to submit a narrative report by December 15, 2016, to the Department Chairman.
Year-End reports - Department due date is April 15, 2017. Annual reports reflect the program work of units in the department. It is requested that these reports be accompanied by photos of select Unit projects. Each Unit chairman is required to submit a narrative report by April 15, 2017 to the department Community Service Chairman.
As a part of your narrative reports, please include answers to the following questions:
- How did members recruit community volunteers (non-members) while engaged in ALA Community Service activities and/or projects?
- How did members engage high school students (with or without service hour requirements to graduate) in ALA Community Service activities and/or projects?
- Did members volunteer for or organize service projects for any of the ALA suggested days of service? If so, which days were most successful for offering service projects? Did you have any challenges?
- What types of community service activities and/or projects were done in your Unit?
Community Service Awards
Each award application must include the cover sheet . All awards will be announced at National Convention during the Community Service pre-convention meetings.
- Entries must include the award cover sheet, including the name of the award, as well as the name and contact information for the Department and Unit Community Service Chairmen.
- Awarded to the most outstanding overall Community Service program in the division during the 2016-2017 administrative year.
- Include pictures and newspaper articles.
- All entries must be sent to the Department Chairman postmarked/e-mailed by April 15, 2017.
Additional Resources You Can Use
- ALA Service Not Self Volunteer Toolbox
- How to partner with Organizations for Community Outreach
- How to register a Service Project with All for Good
- How to Register a Service Project with Evenbrite
- How to Mobilize Community Support for Those Who Serve
- How to participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- How to off a Day of Service to a Veteran/Servicemember/Family/Community
2. ALA suggested Days of Service:
- 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (Sept. 11, 2016)
- Make a Difference Day (Oct. 22, 2016)
- Veterans Day (Nov, 11, 2016)
- National Family Volunteer Day (Nov. 9, 2016)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (Jan. 16, 2017)
- National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017)
3. 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance website: www.911day.org
4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service website: www.mlkday.gov
5. The Community Blueprint website: www.pointsoflight.org/programs/military-initiatives/community-blueprint
6. Follow us on Facebook:
- American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters: www.facebook.com/alaforveterans
- American Legion Auxiliary Community Service Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/ALACommunityService
7. Joining Community Forces Alliance website: www.jointservicesupport.org/communityforces
8. ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project: www.ALAforveterans.org/About/ALA-Call-to-Service-Corps