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Auxiliaries: What They Are and Why You May Want to Join

Each spring, ALSM kicks off its annual Auxiliary Membership Campaign and materials are sent out to our congregations. In fact, if you haven’t yet received your copy of the 2014 Auxiliary Membership brochure, you will be seeing it soon! During the campaign, we invite you to join the auxiliary and help support the mission of ALSM. All gifts raised from the drive go directly to provide charitable care for those with limited resources.

You become a member of the ALSM Auxiliary simply by making a gift; however, we also invite you to give of your time, talents, and treasure by volunteering as an auxiliary member in Blair, Cambria, or Centre County.

If you’re like me, you might be busy with a family or with a full-time job or with involvement in many other activities that you feel as if you don’t have any free time to devote to something else. And when your time is valuable, you want to make sure that whatever free time you have is used for something meaningful.

As an ALSM auxiliary member, you can be as active as your schedule allows! You can join committees, attend meetings, participate in social activities, plan fundraising events, or just participate whenever you can. New members are always welcome. Gifts of any amount are sincerely appreciated.

The ALSM Auxiliary members truly help to make a difference in the lives of those we touch. You serve as a connection between our residents and our community. Membership is open to everyone.

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To give you an idea of the work of the auxiliaries, here are just a few of the many things they do:

•  Staff the ALSM gift shops at The Lutheran Home at Johnstown and The Oaks at Pleasant Gap.

• Organize and help at fundraising events such as the annual fashion show at The Oaks and Summer FunFest in Johnstown.

• Enrich the lives of our residents by reading to them, assisting them with crafts, and spending time visiting with them.

• Enjoy ALSM social events.

• Assist with the annual membership drive.

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One of the most important initiatives of the auxiliary is to raise funds to provide charitable care and purchase items that help provide some “extras” to those served by ALSM. One example is the Centre County Auxiliary, which saw a need for the residents at The Oaks to have more enrichment, so they provided funds to purchase special hand bell chimes that are easier to grasp. The chimes provide a wonderful opportunity for music therapy, and a group of female residents at The Oaks even formed a musical group – The Silver Belles – that practices on a regular basis and performs concerts!

In addition to the chimes, our auxiliaries have provided funds for patio furniture for our affordable housing communities, new lift chairs for our Senior Daily Living Centers, and metal benches for our Hillcrest residents.

I personally invite you to consider joining the ALSM Auxiliary. You can be as active as you like, whether it’s simply receiving our InTouch newsletter and keeping abreast of what’s happening, or taking a leadership role on one of our committees or programs. As a member, you’ll be invited to attend a number of ALSM’s programs and special events. As a member, you’ll gain the personal fulfillment that comes from helping the elderly or the less fortunate, and you’ll also help ALSM fulfill the mission that each of us who works here takes pride in – to serve people through a ministry of love, compassion, and mercy in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For further questions about joining the auxiliary or to learn more about how you may help, please phone the advancement office at 814.696.4560 or email development@alsm.org. Thank you for your support!

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