Auxiliary Programs

 Auxiliary members should become familiar the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary and should participate in the activities which are designed to help our veterans and their families.  

 Please review the list of Auxiliary programs below and let the President or one of the Auxiliary Officers know which program you are interested in participating or if you know someone who is interested.

 For further details on each of these committees and the activities associated with each program please refer to the links provided and the Unit Handbook which can be found on this website.

Americanism

 The mission of the Americanism Committee is to promote and recognize outstanding achievement in patriotism and citizenship and to instill these values in our youth.

Americanism work is largely educational in character and is usually divided into three phases: work with the youth, the adult, and the community.  All matters pertaining to the flag or patriotic education are classified as Americanism activities.  Every citizen should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Constitution of the United States.  The Auxiliary has a very definite objective in emphasizing through its Americanism program the teachings of good citizenship.  Click Here for link to current Essay Contest Rules

 

Auxiliary Emergency Fund

The mission of the Auxiliary Emergency Fund Committee is to raise funds for and awareness of the Auxiliary Emergency Fund, to promote knowledge about the program, to disseminate information to members about the application process, and to assist members in need.

The Fund was designed to assist eligible Auxiliary members who have suffered a financial setback and is meant to be a bridge offering a helping hand until financial stability is re-established.  The Fund also includes educational grants for qualified members. Click Here for Brochure

 

Historian

 The mission of the Historian Committee is to collect, chronicle and preserve the history of the American Legion Auxiliary through photographs, documents, personal mementos and other artifacts.

 

Children and Youth

 The mission of the Children and Youth Committee is to work collaboratively with the American Legion to direct and sponsor programs and services that provide care and protection for our nation’s children, especially those of our military and veterans.

 The Children and Youth program has two purposes: To assure care and protection for children of veterans eligible for membership in The American Legion; and To improve conditions for all children.  The program also includes several principals such as preserving the integrity of the family home; maintaining a ‘whole’ child program encompassing all needs of children – physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational; and to cooperate with and strengthen other sound organizations and agencies for children.

 

Community Service

 The mission of the Community Service Committee is to work in cooperation with The American Legion to direct and sponsor programs and services that provide care and protection for our nation’s children, especially those of our military and veterans.

 Study the needs in the community and cooperate with other organizations on practical, worthwhile projects for community improvement and solicit their cooperation with Auxiliary projects as well.

 

Education

 The mission of the Education Committee is to promote quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion and support of education beyond high school.

 The Education program helps make it possible for any student, who has the ability or the desire, to receive an education beyond high school; to make known to the potentially eligible students the sources of scholarships that exist.

 

Girls State

 The mission of the Girls State Committee is to provide an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity to the young women of our nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government through the Girls State and Girls Nation citizenship training programs.

 The purpose of Girls State is to provide citizenship training for girls who have completed their junior year of high school: to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibility of citizenship in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government; and to help them grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities which they must assume when they become adults.  Click Here for More Info

 

Junior Activities

 The mission of the Junior Activities Committee is to promote volunteerism through community based programs and services that involve veterans and to teach the principals of loyalty to God and country, justice, freedom and democracy to our young members.

 Junior membership is the training ground which inculcates the ideals of the Auxiliary and presents opportunities to teach the principals of justice, freedom and democracy.

 

Leadership

 The mission of the Leadership Committee is to develop and prepare knowledgeable and capable leaders to carry on the growth and success of the Auxiliary by promoting activities and resources that educate, motivate and mentor members of all ages on all levels and phases of our programs.

 Every unit member is urged to learn more about the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Knowledge of the organization enhances member participation in the Auxiliary programs.  We encourage you to visit the Auxiliary National website and secure a login (you will need your membership number which can be found on your membership card).  A great resource for learning is the ALA Academy found there.  Click Here to jump to the Academy.

 

Legislative

 The mission of the Legislative Committee is to advocate open communication with local, state and nationally elected officials, to ensure our members are aware of and informed on issues central to the support and well-being of our veterans and their families and to promote grass-roots levels of advocacy and action.

 When measures important to the American Legion are before the lawmaking bodies for consideration, unit members should contact their representatives urging them to take the action desired.  Click Here to check on recommended legislation by the American Legion or subscribe to the Legislative Update.

 

Membership

 The mission of the Membership Committee is to implement a comprehensive membership campaign designed to identify best practices to aid Departments and Units in retaining, increasing and reaching their membership goals and to broaden public recognition of the American Legion Auxiliary, its mission and programs.

 Membership is the foundation of the Auxiliary.  A strong membership is needed to carry out the many activities associated with the Auxiliary programs.

 

National Security

 The mission of the National Security Committee is to maintain and promote a strong national defense by providing the necessary means to strengthen our military families and prepare our citizenry for response to natural and man-made disasters.

 Supporting a strong military means providing for their families on the home front as well as educating members and the community in preparing for and/or responding to natural and man-made disasters.

 

Past Presidents Parley

 The mission of the Past Presidents Parley Committee is to recognize and honor female veterans and to utilize the experience and knowledge of past Auxiliary leaders for the training and encouragement of future Auxiliary leaders.

 The objective of the Past President’s Parley is the promotion of activities for female veterans.  The training and experience of a Past President can be highly useful in any activity needing special support or emphasis.

  

Poppy

 The mission of the Poppy Committee is to educate our membership and the public concerning the Poppy’s significance and the financial benefit realized by our nation’s veterans as a result of its distribution.

 Educating the community is a main objective of the Poppy program and the funds for the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation program are derived from the distribution of poppies

 

Public Relations

 The mission of the Public Relations Committee is to work collaboratively with all levels of the organization to create, implement and support a proactive communication network that advances the objectives and programs of the American Legion Auxiliary and positively projects our image and programs to the general public.

 It is the goal of the Public Relations program to utilize all forms of communication and media to educate and establish goodwill within the community.

 

Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation

 The mission of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee (VA&R) is to initiate, sponsor and participate in programs and services that assist and enhance the lives of veterans and their families; ensuring restoration and/or transition to normally functioning lives-physically, mentally, socially and vocationally.

 The VA&R program includes bringing comfort and cheer to veterans in hospitals, aiding the disabled and helping them to reestablish themselves in life.

 

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