December 17, 2017

Programs

DELINEATION OF CHAIRMANSHIPS

ACTION AND JEWISH AFFAIRS
Activities combating anti-Semitism
Assistance to Jews all over the world (except the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre)
Pleas for Soviet Jewry or Jews anywhere who are experiencing persecution or intimidation
Holocaust remembrance
Matters relating to current affairs

AID TO ISRAEL
Support of the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Hashomer, Israel through the purchase of bricks, donation of equipment, funds for nurses’ scholarships

AMERICANISM
Presentation of American flags where appropriate
Participation in and support of patriotic holiday celebrations
U.S. Savings Bonds drives
Election events: Babysitting for voters, transporting voters to the polls, pre-election rallies and programs (must include candidates from all parties)
Citizenship events
Naturalization programs
Patriotic essay and/or poster contests
Placing wreaths on graves of military personnel
Recognition of activities at historical sites
Presentation of MIA flags where appropriate
Participation in Poppy Day sales where permitted
Participation in Four Chaplains Day Recognition ceremonies
Participation in Friday night services and Oneg Shabbats at synagogues in conjunction with Veterans Day observances

ARMED FORCES (SERVICEMEN’S-SERVICEWOMEN’S SERVICE)
Activities at military hospitals
Activities at military installations
Packages to servicemen/servicewomen, including cents-off coupons
Service at USOs (on site or through packages)
Invitations to servicemen and servicewomen, including cadets at the various military academies, to attend Auxiliary, home and synagogue functions during the holidays.
Activities at the military academies: West Point, Coast Guard, Annapolis, Air Force and Merchant Marine. Sponsoring Oneg Shabbats and holiday dinners for the Jewish personnel

CHILD WELFARE
Support of Scouting activities: Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts
Camperships
Day Care centers, children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters
Children’s hospitals and children’s wards in regular and all-purpose hospitals
Services to physically and emotionally handicapped children
Participation in Big Sister/Grandmother programs
Children’s detention centers and youthful offender programs
Outings for needy children
School volunteer programs: reading help, story telling, one-on-one activities with the child
Services to children of veterans or service people (i.e.: making a Bar/Bat Mitzvah for the child of a veteran or a serviceperson
Special Olympics for special needs children
Fingerprinting of children
Dissemination of Missing Children information
Servicing Ronald McDonald Houses

COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Police coordinating councils
Community health programs
Assistance to programs for the handicapped
Community beautification programs (tree planting, block clean-up, etc.)
Telethon drives
Volunteer service in community hospitals
Volunteer service in community libraries
Volunteer service in community schools: typing, filing, or similar assistance
Volunteer service in community health clinics
Volunteer service in community mobile clinics
Brotherhood/Sisterhood programs
Blood banks and drives
Volunteer service in community centers
Allied Veterans organizations
Jewish Community Councils
Holiday Oneg Shabbats at synagogues (not including Veterans Day which I listed under Americanism)
Invite non-sectarian community neighbors to participate in your activities
Welcome new neighbors into the community
Alcohol and drug abuse programs
Abused women and children’s facilities
Halfway houses
Volunteer service on assorted “hot lines”
Participation in C.O.P. programs (Citizens Observer Patrols)

CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Keeping your membership informed on all matters of consumer concerns
Truth in advertising
Check the truth of e-mails before forwarding them (use Snopes.com)
Consumer protection agencies

FUND RAISING
Raising money for Auxiliary, County, Department and National operating expenses Poppies, Thank You cards, gift items, supplies, travel, memorials, In-Honor cards, theater parties,
card parties, Simcha cakes, trips, etc.
Tell us how you raised your funds, not the amounts

HOSPITAL, ADOPT-A-HOSPITAL
Hospital
All activities on an auxiliary, county or department level at a VA hospital (does not include the volunteer service provided by an individual member under the VAVS program.)
Services provided at accredited VA hospitals without a JWVA-VAVS representative Grant-A-Wish presentations
Grant-A-Wish presentations to terminally ill patients at VA hospitals.
Adopt-A-Hospital
Packages sent to VA hospitals that are not being serviced by local JWVA auxiliaries

LEADERSHIP
Instructing officers on the duties of their office
Instructing officers and chair-people on the proper way to fill out Per Capita and report forms
Teaching your membership the history of JWVA
Workshops and training for members on all echelon levels

LEGISLATION
Invite speakers to discuss pending legislation, legal procedures, etc.
Contact your legislators on local, county, state and national levels to keep them informed on matters of importance
Letters and e-mails to your legislators requesting support on programs that are important to veterans and their families, servicemen/servicewomen, and dependents of deceased veterans
Monitor voting records of your individual legislators on matters of concern to our organization and inform them of your pleasure or displeasure

MEMBERSHIP
3 Rs: Recruit, Retain, Reactivate
Recruitment
Have membership applications always available to present to potential members. Be knowledgeable about the history and purposes of JWVA so you can answer questions properly. Hold luncheons and teas, canvas new developments, use Post roster to invite their wives, use publicity about your meetings, put up posters about forthcoming events.
Retention —
Plan a special meeting with refreshments and give out 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc., year pins
Encourage Paid-Up Life Membership
Provide transportation to meetings for those requiring it
Have an “Old Timers Night”
Send out “Miss You” cards
Have your telephone squad call members to find out if they are ill and ask why they haven’t come
Reactivate
Same as Retention
Keep in touch with your members so they can’t say that no one cares if they come or not

MENTAL HEALTH
Activities at drug rehabilitation centers
State mental hospitals (not children’s wards — that goes under Child Welfare)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN-JEWISH MILITARY HISTORY
Certificates, Yahrzeit program, Tree of Honor, Paver Program
Monies and artifacts donated to the museum to support their displays
Museum membership dues
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL MONIES FOR THE MUSEUM MUST FIRST BE SENT TO
THE NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY OFFICE TO BE RECORDED; YOUR CHECKS WILL
BE FORWARDED IMMEDIATELY TO THE MUSEUM AS SOON AS THEY HAVE BEEN
LOGGED IN.

ORGANIZING
Organizing new auxiliaries, counties and departments
Departments organize counties within their jurisdiction
Departments organize auxiliaries that are not within a county echelon
Counties organize auxiliaries within their jurisdiction
Strengthening any and all echelons
Reorganizing any echelon in difficulty

PROGRAMMING
Methods to promote better attendance at meetings
Programs that provide information about the JWVA projects
Programs on current events, women’s interest, health, culture, holiday celebrations, world news, book reports, fashion shows, cosmetic demonstrations, culinary arts, plant care, personal safety, identity theft, etc.
Skits, outside entertainment, sing-alongs, game night

Publicity
News releases to radio, television and newspapers. Advertise your meetings and events.
Auxiliary bulletins. Where possible, send them to members of the community

STUDENT AWARDS
Donations to the National Ladies Auxiliary’s award programs: The Raoul Wallenberg Award and the Evelyn Wegman Music Award. These are open only to children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of members in good standing of the National Ladies Auxiliary. The student has to be a graduating high school senior who has already been accepted to a college or university. The Wallenberg award is for an academic program. The Wegman award is for music education. A student can apply only for one or the other, not both
Contributions made to Department, County and Auxiliary scholarships that are presented locally in accord with guidelines established by those echelons. These may be presented at local high schools, Hebrew schools, etc. The student does not have to be related to a JWVA member.
Guidelines and amounts are determined by each echelon granting the award

SENIOR CITIZENS
Activities at nursing homes, residential care centers and recreation centers for seniors
Outings and projects that benefit senior citizens
Assistance with bill paying, trips to doctors, etc.
“Adopt-A-Grandparent” programs
Vial of Life participation
Providing holiday food baskets to needy seniors

UNITED NATIONS
Dissemination of information on the activities of the United Nations

V.A.V.S.
V.A.V.S. VOLUNTEERS
Service to the patients provided by individuals who have taken the orientation course at a V.A. hospital
Assistance that benefits the working of the facility by acting as escorts, typing, filing, working at the admission desk, switchboards, taking messages, etc.
A record of volunteer hours is kept
V.A.V.S. REPRESENTATIVES AND DEPUTIES
Attend all meetings
Participate in committees at the V.A. hospital
Clear dates for all JWVA functions and visitations at the V.A. hospital

VETERANS SERVICE, MIA/POW
Assistance to veterans and their families
Disseminating information to veterans and their families about available benefits
Providing food packages to needy veterans
Activities at state veterans’ homes and institutions
Domiciliary are not part of the V.A. Hospital system. Activities are reported under Veterans Service.
MIA/POW programs

“OPERATION NEW START” -
Efforts geared to assisting homeless veterans