The American Legion Auxiliary asserts a national leadership role in service to veterans, servicemembers, and their families by organizing and delivering the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project. Through the project, ALA enlists talented Americans of all backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service to veterans, servicemembers and their families through AmeriCorps national civilian service. Learn more about AmeriCorps here.
The project’s AmeriCorps Members build and enhance the capacity of ALA units and departments, ALA National Headquarters, and other military and veteran support organizations to serve and mobilize veterans, military servicemembers, and their families. The AmeriCorps Members implement organization capacity building and direct service within each organization that hosts them. The Members’ range of activities includes organization needs assessment, volunteer management, program marketing and communications, event planning and execution, program development, and service delivery.
With nearly 30 organizations receiving approximately 80 AmeriCorps Members annually through the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project, the Auxiliary is in a premier national spotlight unparalleled in our organization’s history.
The ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. CNCS is now the ALA’s largest external funder, investing more than $1 million of human resources and financial support annually into the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project.
Since the project’s inception in 2009, ALA has enabled 57 organizations to obtain and utilize AmeriCorps Members. Organizations hosting Members have increased their capacity to serve greater numbers of military families and veterans in need through new and innovative programs, with more resources, and with stronger business and operations systems.
Over the five year period of the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project, the Auxiliary’s Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps members have engaged more than 36,250 community volunteers who have given nearly 81,000 community service hours. ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Members have generated over $3.9 million in cash resources and $1.9 million in in-kind resources for veteran and military family purposes.
In the five years of the project, 213 Americans of all backgrounds have received the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA Members.
To follow the ongoing activities of our AmeriCorps Members, view the ALA Call to Service Corps News.
American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Members are diverse and include veterans, military spouses, relatives of veterans and servicemembers, Legion Family members, civilians, young adults, mid-career professionals, and retirees – each responding to the Auxiliary’s call to Service Not Self!
To learn more about our ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Members and their assignments, Download Member Bio Sketches
For information about joining the ALA Call to Service Corps as an AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA Member, click here.
The American Legion Auxiliary is proud to have supported 57 organizations and counting in their veteran and military missions by placing AmeriCorps Members in their organizations. For a list of organizations currently hosting ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Members, click here.
Organizations interested in receiving an AmeriCorps or AmeriCorps VISTA Member through the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project should contact C2SC@ALAforVeterans.org for more information.
Here are testimonials from several of our project partners about their experiences with the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project:
Since 2011, Student Veterans of America has been fortunate to work with over 25 dedicated national service members through a partnership with the American Legion Auxiliary. The ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project embodies the values of public service that bind us together as Americans. We’ve seen the outcomes that AmeriCorps members produce and know that the members who have served with SVA, will have a lasting, positive impact on student veterans and their families across the nation for many years after their service commitment is completed. For that, we are grateful to the American Legion Auxiliary. We remain committed to this program and look forward to our continued partnership for years to come.
The American Legion Auxiliary asserts a national leadership role in service to veterans, servicemembers, and their families by organizing and delivering the ALA Call to Service Corps AmeriCorps Project.