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Review for American Legion Auxiliary- Nationwide, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Marty Novak. I am an 11 year member of Unit 44 in Elephant Butte, NM. At the time I joined I had no idea of what the American Legion Auxiliary was all about. I am so proud to be a member of this great organization...and of my own Unit. Our Unit 44 is located in a small community in southern NM. Our members are caring, giving ladies who willingly volunteer their time and talents to serve our community, Veterans, residents of the NM Veterans Home and support the state and national programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. We also have 1 special program of which we are very proud. In September, 2003 we began our Care Packages to the Troops project. We began with the names of 7 local men and women with the intention of sending them Care Packages each month during their entire deployment. Our list has grown over the years to a high of 98 and currently about 60 a month. To date we have sent out over 4500 Care Packages. The community has now gotten involved. Local organizations and individuals regularly give us cash donations, Memorials, and supplies for the packages. We have enlisted the school children to write letters, draw pictures, and make Christmas and Valentine cards. One school contributes letters and art work each month and periodically collects toiletries and goodies in their classroom to add to the boxes. Winter visitors, members of our American Legion Family, and even non members show up to help on packing day. It seems that everyone wants to help out. I think we all feel that this is SOMETHING we can do to help these brave men and women who are sacrificing so much for us.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with other women, inspiring the school children, and of course my heart is in the Care Packages to the Troops

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help sooooo many more people, give more help to wounded Veterans and their families, give more help to the Military Child and children and families who have lost their loved one in service to their country.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything that would make it better than it is. I am so proud to be a part of this great organization

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding new members and getting the message out about what the American Legion Auxiliary is all about...what it does. It is not just a go to a meeting 1X a month and do nothing the rest of the month. There is value in what we do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Go American Legion Auxiliary!!! For God and Country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I am an officer, chairman of several programs and the key person in our Care Packages to the Troops Project.