Community Service Committee

Stevie Lynch
Catherine Henshaw


The community service committee provides opportunities for AGA members and their family/friends to address critical community needs. Participants draw upon skills, experience and concern for others to provide a wide range of services. Those services include but are not limited to:

  • Caring for Service Members
  • Helping low-income families file taxes
  • Tutoring
  • Collecting school supplies
  • Creating cards for veterans and deployed military members
  • Hosting an Angel Tree for needy children

February 2019

College Goal Sunday

 

AGA members used their business acumen to assist Indiana students and families during College Goal Sunday on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Ivy Tech Community College. While this was the first year ever for AGA participation, this was the 30th year of College Goal Sunday, which has helped more than 90,000 Indiana students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) properly and on time.

 

Members Latunya Body and Mei-Mei Teng-Habash both attended the event, and Latunya recounted that the event was very well-organized, with volunteers matched where they best could help. Since she had previously assisted her own family members with completing the FAFSA, she was matched with other families to assist them with this process. During her time volunteering, she assisted two mothers and one student with completing the form. While most of her work was simply on assisting the individuals with utilizing the proper FSA IDs, usernames, and passwords; she felt that the process went smoothly, and she was happy to help. She noted that most of the families didn’t even need expert assistance with filling out their forms, but were just looking for a little extra guidance in order to ensure that they were completing the questions correctly.

 

AGA is certainly appreciative of the time that Latunya and Mei-Mei donated to help others. Interested members should mark their calendars and be on the lookout for next year’s event, when hopefully even more students and their families can be served.

 

December 2018

Angel Tree

AGA members certainly helped dreams come true for some children attending Indianapolis Public School #105 and their families. The "Angel Tree," located in the Indy Ops Headquarters Office, was covered in tags with wishes from children throughout the community. In just a few short weeks, every tag was removed from the tree by AGA "angels" and replaced with a gift-wrapped package bearing the special present.

 

The Angel Tree served eight families with 21 children. The 155 gifts that were requested were all brought in on-time for delivery before the end of the school semester and holiday celebrations, and included everything from clothing, books, and toys to a bicycle, bean bag chair, and basketball goal. A huge thank you to all AGA members who participated and made this such a special year for these children. We can't wait to bring more joy in the coming years!

 

Wreaths Across America

AGA was proud to show their support when joining in with Wreaths Across America on December 15, 2018 to remember those who served. That Saturday, just under 1,800,000 veterans' wreaths were placed at 1,640 locations nationwide with the attendance at ceremonies growing across the board. With each sponsored veteran's wreath placed, an American hero's name was spoken out loud so they would not be forgotten.

 

AGA supported the mission by providing 30 wreaths to the local event held at Crown Hill National Cemetery. Member Catherine Henshaw braved the cold and rain to represent our chapter in the wreath-laying ceremony, which included the Presentation and Retirement of the Colors by the Titan Cadet Squadron, the playing of "Taps" by military veteran Bruce McKee, and a twenty-one gun salute by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Thank you AGA members for taking part in remembering our fallen heroes in this annual event.

 

47th Annual Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Project

AGA members really got in the spirit of giving back when they worked with ASMC on the 47th Annual Mozel Sanders "Thanksgiving Project." Members Marcus Gullett and Michael Gaudet both attended the event, and Michael recounted that the event was organized extremely well this year. He was in charge of making a final check of meals after they were completed and packed into separate orders to ensure that they were correct and ready to be handed off to delivery drivers. Michael guessed that in just the hours he alone donated his time, close to 500 meals were prepared and sent out for delivery. He shared that he enjoyed being able to give back his time to help out in the community, especially during Thanksgiving when others who may not be as fortunate are able to enjoy a great meal with their families.

 

Over 2,000 Hoosiers took part in the meal preparations this year; serving up 15,000 pounds of turkey, 80,000 rolls, and 4,000 cans of green beans to serve 40,000 people. AGA members certainly appreciate the time that Marcus, Michael, ASMC, and all other members of the community donated to help others. Interested members should mark their calendars and be on the lookout for next year's event, when hopefully even more meals can be shared.

 

November 2018

AGA's Community Service team was proud to assist Renate Kelly as she graciously took on her annual endeavor to support the troops. Renate created 100 handmade holiday cards to be sent to a Field Artillery Brigade stationed in Afghanistan. On Friday, November 9, 2019, members and the entire DFAS community joined Renate at lunchtime to individually sign each of the cards, offering best wishes to the deployed unit to keep them informed of their support from back home.

 

A huge thank you to Renate and to all members who came together to support the mission and bring joy to our nation's warfighters!

October 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018 was an amazing day of caring and kindness demonstrated by AGA members.

 

At the morning's AGA/ASMC/DFAS Wellness Walk/Run, members graciously came together to donate 45 pairs of gloves/mittens, 35 hats, 5 scarves, 6 headbands, 3 coats, and $10.00 cash to support the Shepherd Community Center's Christmas Store. The Shepherd Center serves more than 500 families annually by offering a variety of services to provide a safe environment where a child can grow, learn, and have fun. At the Christmas Store, parents are able to "shop" through a large selection of donated toys, games, clothing, books, and hygiene projects with the assistance of a volunteer. The gifts are then wrapped and the parents are able to leave Shepherd that day with a car full of gifts for their families to be opened on Christmas morning.

 

All of this caring continued throughout the day as members again teamed with ASMC for Salvation Army's annual Coats for Kids event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. AGA member Latunya Body volunteered her time as an Event Assistant and recounted that she was able to assist with cleaning up the event space to make it safe for attendants, placing coats on racks to take to the shopping area, assisting shopping assistants when necessary, and interacting with the families attending the event.

 

A huge thank you to AGA, ASMC, and member Latunya Body for coming together to strengthen our community and assist those in need. We look forward to continuing our support in years to come!

 

 

 

October 2018

 

AGA's Community Service team was excited to tackle a unique kind of drive when they worked together to collect Halloween Costumes for the Julian Center. The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counseling, safe shelter, case management, advocacy, and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises.

 

The drive took place between Monday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and AGA members came together to fill the collection box displayed in the lobby. A total of 33 costumes were brought in, including everything from super heroes like Batman, Spiderman, and Thor; to princesses like Rapunzel, Jasmine, and Elena of Avalon; to costumes for the littlest tikes like a strawberry, a bumble bee, and the Cowardly Lion. All costumes were delivered to the Julian Center on the morning of Thursday, October 25 in time for them to be sorted and delivered in time for wearing on Halloween weekend.

 

Thank you to all members who came together to support the mission and bring smiles on the faces of the children of the Julian Center as they were able to take part in this youthful pastime. We hope to continue this drive in future years thanks to the success of the event.

 

August 2018

Dreary weather didn't stop AGA's Community Service team from volunteering their time during the ASMC, AGA, and DFAS Transportation Payment OP Team's Day of Caring on August 25, 2018.

 

Volunteers met at the Heritage Place of Indianapolis wearing hats, sunglasses, and tennis shoes and armed with garden gloves, hand tools, and hedge trimmers ready to assist in the mission of providing older adults with comprehensive and coordinated human services to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles, independence, well-being, and quality of life. While stormy weather prevented the volunteers from carrying out their planned duties, they still wanted to make an impact on the citizens that they had come to serve. Members decided to instead put the snacks and drinks that they had brought to prevent hydration together to create care packages for the individuals who they had planned to visit. They then spent the afternoon delivering the packages and getting to know the residents of the Heritage Place.

 

Unfortunately, since this event occurs on an annual basis, many of the individuals at Heritage Place will not have an opportunity to be assisted with necessary chores until next year's Day of Caring. If you are interested in volunteering on a personal basis or in putting together a team to assist these residents, please contact Stevie Lynch at stevie.r.lynch.civ@mail.mil or (317) 212-4583.

 

Thank you again to the ASMC, AGA, and DFAS Transportation Payment OP Teams for putting together this awesome event to assist those in our community who are in need. We look forward to supporting the cause again next year!

 

 

August 2018

AGA's Community Service team was excited to tackle a new giveback event when Social Committee Chair Clarence Hill Jr. approached them about hosting a School Supply Drive for students in Guyana, South America. With an average per capita income of $4,000, most in Guyana can barely afford the basic necessities we take for granted. The drive was formed to collect composition wide-ruled notebooks, single-subject wide-ruled notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, and rulers to make sure the students were provided with the supplies needed to make this a successful school year.

 

The drive took place between August 6 - 17, 2018, and AGA members came together to fill the collection box displayed in the lobby. All materials are in the process of being shipped out, where they will be distributed at area police stations in Guyana through community outreach officers.

 

Thank you to all members who came together to support the mission and provide assistance to others on a global basis! We hope to continue this drive in future years thanks to the success of the event.

 

 

July/August 2018

AGA members truly demonstrated a love for the children of their community during the School Supply Drive for Indianapolis Public School #105, more commonly known as Charles Warren Fairbanks School, from July 23 - August 3, 2018. Donations spilled over the typical collection box displayed in thelobby and filled up a cubicle before being delivered to the school on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The students and faculty were overjoyed toreceive the many items, including 32 polo shirts, 4 pairs of tights, 2 jumpers, 6 backpacks, a sweater, 10 blue shirts, and boxes of notebooksloose-leaf paper, crayons, markers, and pencils. Thank you to all members who came together to support the mission and help to make this a successful school year!

 

 

May 2018

Thank you to the volunteers who assisted at Gleaner's Food Bank on Saturday May 12th. AGA's 6 volunteers worked multiple stations including greeter, produce, meat and carryout. Because of their efforts 180 families were served during a 3 hour period!

 

December 2017

Our AGA chapter is proud to support Wreaths Across America (WAA) each year. On National Wreaths Across America Day each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual veterans' graves throughout the U.S. with ceremonies at sea and at each of the national cemeteries on foreign soil.

 

WAA is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 as an extension of The Arlington Wreath Project, with over 1,400 participating locations in all 50 states and 24 national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil. What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery has now become a national organization focused on the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

 

For 2017, our chapter donated 30 wreaths to WAA. AGA Member and Community Service Committee co-chairperson Catherine Henshaw attended the December 16th memorial service at Crown Hill Cemetery followed by joining other volunteers in laying wreaths on veterans’ graves. The memorial service included prayer and remembrances, all branches of the military and keynote remarks by Senator Joe Donnelly.

 

This year, Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 15, 2018. Please mark your calendar to help us honor our veterans. Learn more about Wreaths Across America at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

 

 

AGA Community Service Committee would like to give another "BIG THANK YOU" to all who contributed to the 'Angel Tree' by giving a gift to brighten the life of a child/family this holiday season. AGA sponsored four families from IPS #105 and one family shared with ASMC that had special needs children with a total of 16 children. There were more than 4-5 presents collected per child and a few presents for the parents/guardian. Some gift requests were satisfied more than once which was very amazing. There were more than 21+ huge garbage bags filled and delivered to the school and the shared family. The Indianapolis Public School (IPS) #105 social worker and guardians of shared family were amazed by the generosity of the people who contributed. The five families were very grateful for the generous gifts and how you helped to brighten and make it a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for making a difference in a child/family life. IPS #105, the social worker, and parents/guardians of the sponsored children sends a "Thank You and Happy Holidays".

 

 

October 2017

Dalton's Food Pantry would like to thank you for the donation of food items from the Wellness Walk. They are compassionate in making a difference by touching lives of many by feeding the hungry and providing essential necessities. Your donation will help make a 'BIG' difference to a family in need. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

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