INDIANAPOLIS – AcademyWomen has awarded the inaugural Outstanding Commitment to Mentoring Award in the non-profit category to the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.
The ALA was chosen as the recipient of the award because of its “outstanding commitment to mentoring as a supporter of AcademyWomen’s eMentor Program in 2015. ALA volunteer mentors contributed to the personal and professional development of veterans and military spouses in addition to supporting the eMentor mission of helping every individual to achieve his or her maximum potential.”
“We are honored to have been selected to receive this award for our commitment to mentoring,” said Mary “Dubbie” Buckler, ALA national secretary/executive director. “ALA members are dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans, military, and their families, and we are proud to see that dedication extend to the professional development of veterans and military spouses.”
Erica Hartless, director of the eMentor Program, said the ALA “consistently recruits the most engaged mentors.”
The eMentor Program is an online mentoring program for military personnel, veterans, and military spouses that connects individuals for a dynamic mentoring experience. The ALA has been an avid supporter of the program since 2013. Last year, the ALA had 17 active mentors who engaged in 44 mentoring connections across AcademyWomen’s Veteran and Military Spouse eMentor Communities.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of more than $3.1 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.