2019-2021 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.
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
Always wear your American Legion Auxiliary apparel or pin while volunteering in the community; it reinforces our brand promise by telling people who we are, what we do and why we matter.
- 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 more information on this process.
- Reach out to local ministers and first responders to indicate your willingness to be a designated responder for veteran families in need. Be sure to keep a list of veteran resources handy so you will be ready.
- Get involved with your neighbors and those outside our Legion family by volunteering at your local library, food pantry, domestic violence shelter, senior citizen centers, assisted living centers, nursing homes.
- Represent the Auxiliary as a member of local community boards and committees.
- Volunteer with your local Meals on Wheels to deliver meals on days when they are typically closed (i.e. Christmas and Thanksgiving).
- Volunteer to organize or assist with your community’s Veterans Day observance.
- Organize and participate in service projects for veterans, servicemembers, their families and local community programs on ALA suggested days of service.
- Volunteer for local service projects and causes (walks, special events, etc.). Work with your post home to offer space and their participation in local service projects and causes.
- Sponsor and participate in activities at local libraries, senior citizen centers, assisted living centers, nursing homes, service projects and causes (walks, special events, etc.)
Attend and represent the Auxiliary at special celebration events in the community such as holiday parades, grand openings of community facilities and community leader recognition ceremonies.
Community Service Reporting
Mid-Year Reports - Department due date is December 5, 2020. 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 5, 2019 to the Department Chairman.
Year-End reports - Department due date is April 15, 2021. 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, 2020 to the department Community Service Chairman.
As a part of your narrative reports, please include answers to the following questions:
- 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 2018-2019 administrative year.
- Include pictures and newspaper articles.
- All entries must be sent to the Department Chairman postmarked/e-mailed by May 1, 2021.
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, 2019)
- Make a Difference Day (October 26, 2019 & October 24, 2020)
- Veterans Day (November 11, 2019)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January 20, 2020)
- National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2020)
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