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Auxiliary Emergency Fund


Kim Dixon

2162 263rd Street

Oskaloosa, IA  52577  641-673-0220


THE PROGRAM: The Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) provides temporary financial assistance to eligible members during times of financial crisis or weather related emergencies and natural disasters and promotes awareness and knowledge of the program. Grants can be used during natural disasters to help with food and shelter. In financial crisis, grants can be used to help with shelter, food, and utilities.  It is not available to help with accumulated debt or medical expenses.  It can also be used for educational training to upgrade skills to obtain a better paying job in the event of the loss of a primary wage earner in the family.  Final determination of grants awarded is made by the Auxiliary Emergency Fund Grant Committee.


Grants from the AEF are available to any member who has been a paid member for the past two consecutive years and whose current member dues are paid at the time of the emergency (3 consecutive years).  Forms for assistance are available at in the “Members Only” section and then AEF. There is a short form for natural disasters and a long form for other types of assistance. The form should be completely filled out (incomplete forms will delay processing) and turned into your unit to be forwarded to Department and then on to National.  The maximum grant is $2,400.



Familiarize yourself and your unit members with AEF and its guidelines.  Brochures are available through department or on the national website to have available at meetings.  Applications can also be printed to have available for members in time of need. These will also be available at the Leadership workshop, Mid-Winter, and Department convention.  If you don’t have access to a computer, please contact me and I will forward them to you if needed!


Help the National Auxiliary Emergency Fund obtain donations by supporting unit and department fundraisers. Personal donations are accepted if you are inclined to do so.  Units can also pass the cup or do fundraisers and send the money to department. Get creative with your fundraising.  We are all one Legion family and who better to turn to in a time of need but your family.  Explain the program thoroughly to those who aren’t familiar and encourage them to donate generously so that we will be able to help out our family members in a time of need.  AEF funds are not awarded by units or departments so make sure that any donation sent to Department (they will forward it to national) is earmarked for AEF so that you and/or your unit get credit for it!


Be on the lookout for information about DIVA Day at Mid-Winter!



CONTESTS: All contests will follow the National Plan of Action and Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan.  Please check those action plans to follow the awards guidelines.


Please take time to send in your unit’s report about AEF and to fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet. Provide details and examples about your activity. Be sure to tell how creative you were in your fundraising and how much money you raised.  There are awards for the most donated by a unit and a member.  Department cannot be expected to track this information,  If you or your unit donates to the AEF, you need to submit a year-end report to be considered for those awards!  Submit the report to me by April 30, 2019.



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