Sons of the American Legion Squadron #347
Lady Lake, FL

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Office (352) 750-2099
9AM - 4PM, Mon - Fri

Lounge (352) 750-0639
12PM - closing

Volunteering

The lifeblood of our organization's success is through the volunteer hours of our members.  The kitchen is staffed completely by Sons' member volunteers during Mondays. Thursdays, and NFL Sundays and is one of the most important ways a member can volunteer their time to our organization.  If you have not yet volunteered for the kitchen or any other activity and wish to do so, please send an email to our Squadron Adjutant at: Sons' Volunteer Interest.

During the 2017-2018 year Sons' members volunteered 18,863 hours in these and other categories:
· The bulk of our volunteering & fundraising is in the Post kitchen 3 days each week, where over 80 volunteers helped out at least once during the year.
· 252 hours at a Veteran Hospital and Clinic in our area.
· Provided donuts and coffee for the Veterans Clinic in the Villages every month (Thanks to Summerfield WalMart for their help as well).
· Members wrapped and delivered small Christmas gifts for Veterans recovering at Gainesville Veterans Hospital.
· Ran a Golf Tournament to support Children & Youth causes and raised $4,000.
· Prepared and served a meal for Lake Weir HS JROTC's annual dance.
· Many volunteer hours at the annual Special Olympics Equestrian Championship.
· Presented Certificates of Appreciation to aged Veterans in a local nursing facility.
· Helped with the organization and behind the scenes work for the American Legion Golf Tournament.
· Helped with the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Sales.
· Flags for Fallen Veterans - Refurbished 140,000 flags at Post #347 prior to Memorial Day.
· Flags for Fallen Veterans - 122,000 flags placed & retrieved at Bushnell National Cemetery on Memorial Day week.

Fundraising

The bulk of our fundraising comes from our operation of the Post's kitchen on Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.  We also operate the kitchen for Sunday Bar Bingo, a new event for 2018, which has shown growing success.  The kitchen is staffed completely by Sons' member volunteers and is one of the most important ways a member can volunteer their time to our organization.
We also hold several social events during the year and members go out in the community to solicit door prize gifts from local restaurants, golf courses, and businesses.
Each month we give out donuts and coffee at The Villages Veterans Clinic; and Summerfield WalMart has graciously supplied us with deeply discounted items for this activity.
Kind thanks to the BB&T Bank in The Villages for their generous donation in support of our October Casino Night event!

Multiple Sclerosis is our Sons' Commander's Special Project for 2018-2019
We will be sponsoring a team at the MS Walk event in the spring in The Villages.  We also have an on-going donation site using the MS Society's DIY event web site.  This allows us to collect donations without having to pay any fees, so that 100% of your donation goes directly to the National MS Society.  Our goal is $2,500 to be raised by June 2019.  Click on the following link and make your tax deductible donation anytime; we very much appreciate your contribution!
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We'll be tracking our total donations during the year right here. 
As of 10/1/2018 we have $0 towards our goal of $2,500.

 

Community Programs Supported by The Sons' Squadron #347

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron #347 regularly makes contributions to various community and national organizations and causes.  Our fundraising activities and our annual dues generate the funds which are used to support these worthy local and national organizations and causes.  Over the last 5 years our Sons' Squadron #347 has donated over $113,300 to our worthy causes and organizations.  That is a huge testament to the power of our group, and our ability to make a real difference in the lives of our Veterans, their families, and the youth in our community.

Scholarship for Deserving High School Seniors

Our Sons' Squadron has donated over $50,500 to this worthy cause over the last 6 years.
This is by far our largest focus, on the promising young people in our local community.  By helping students who show high potential we facilitate their advancement in education and foster their appreciation of the promise of a better life that our Country provides to those willing to put in the effort to succeed.

Villages Honor Flight

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $7,600 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting as many US military Veterans as possible to see the Washington, D.C. area memorials of the respective war(s) in which they fought. This trip is supplied at no cost to the Veteran. The current focus is taking Veterans of World War II to the National World War II Memorial, and any Veteran with a terminal illness to see the memorial of the war in which they fought.
Villages Honor Flight, formed in 2011, is the local Honor Flight chapter. Its inaugural mission flew in May of 2012. To date, over 830 local Veterans have participated in this magnificent experience, thanks to donations and volunteer support from organizations like The Sons' Squadron #347.
You can find more about Villages Honor Flight by visiting their website at Villages Honor Flight. If you are interested in helping Villages Honor Flight in any capacity, see their Villages Honor Flight Volunteer web page.

Habitat for Humanity overall plus Veterans Village specifically

Our Sons' Squadron #347 has donated $9,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
The Veterans Village is a collaborative project that not only provides access to affordable quality housing, but offers holistic wraparound services to the residents through a partnership with Combat Veterans to Careers.  They will offer 360 degrees of support services in: career, mental and physical health, transportation, finances, education, navigating the VA, and legal – any needs the veterans may have.  Additional information is available at the Habitat for Humanity of Lake and Sumter County website.

Childrens's Welfare Network

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $7,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
The Children's Welfare Network was created by The American Legion in 1953 to support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children in the USA.  To date, more than $13 million has been awarded nationally to assist our nation’s children; over $640,000 just in 2016.  See how that money was invested in America's children at The Children's Welfare Network website.

Special Olympics

Our Sons' Squadron has donated over $10,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.  Additional information is available at the Special Olympics of Florida website.

Fisher House

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $8,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
For more than 25 years, the Fisher House program has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process. There are 71 Fisher Houses* located in the US, Germany and United Kingdom.  Additional information is available at The Fisher House website.

Operation Shoebox

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $7,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
Volunteers working for Operation Shoebox package and ship snacks, personal care items, puzzle books, and hand-written thank-you notes to American soldiers stationed around the world. Founded in 2003 by military mom Mary Harper, she continues her mission at Operation Shoebox headquarters in Belleview, Florida.  The organization ships between 800-1,000 care packages a week.  In 2012, 114 tons worth of packages were sent to hardworking members of the U.S. military around the world.  Additional information is available at the Operation Shoebox website.

Combat Veterans to Careers

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $4,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
Founded in The Villages in May 2012 the Combat Veterans to Careers organization helps to provide support and opportunities targeted to enhance the quality of life for our returning combat veterans and their families. Focusing on the four main areas of education, employment, affordable housing, and wellness, we are able to provide our veterans and their families with 360 degrees of support and well-being.  Additional information is available at the Combat Veterans to Careers website.

The Legacy Fund

Our Sons' Squadron has donated over $2,900 to this worthy cause over the last 5 years.
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship was in 2001, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This national scholarship program offers its support to the children of fallen post-9/11 service members, as well as children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a disability of 50 percent or higher. Our organization remains committed to honoring the memory and service of our fallen and disabled comrades by ensuring their children are afforded the best possible educational opportunities. Scholarships are awarded for one year periods and may be up to $20,000. The amount of each award is determined by the financial need of each student. To date a total of $1,164,573 has been awarded to deserving students across the country.  Additional information is available at the American Legion Legacy Fund website.

Lady Lake Little League Baseball and Soccer Leagues

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $2,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.

The Boys and Girls Club

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $1,000 to this worthy cause in past years.
The mission of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those at risk, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Club Kid. Their Core Beliefs are to provide: A safe place to learn and grow; Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and Hope and opportunity. Additional information is available at the The Boys and Girls Clubs of America website.

Boy Scouts

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $1,750 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participative citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. They strongly believe that helping America's youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. Additional information is available at the Boy Scouts of America website.

Village View Church Pantry

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $3,000 to this worthy local organization over the last 4 years.

St Theresa Food Pantry

Our Sons' Squadron has donated $3,000 to this worthy cause over the last 4 years.
St. Theresa's Catholic Church Social Services operates this local food pantry that serves Belleview and Summerfield residents.

Project Vet Relief

PROJECT: VetRelief is an initiative backed by The American Legion, Department of Florida. PROJECT: VetRelief ensures that our service men and women have the backing necessary to live successful and thriving civilian lives. We assist during times of immediate need, work to secure benefits earned with service, and provide encouragement through mentorship. It is a close-knit group composed of a high effective staff and dedicated individuals who serve active duty military, our veterans, and their families with their time, expertise, and funds.  Additional information is available at the PROJECT: VetRelief website.

Other Sponsored Causes

There are many other organizations and causes where we have donated in the past, or our participation is less financial and more in-kind volunteering of time, etc.  Our Squadron has donated over $5,400 to these other worthy causes over the last 2 years.  These include:
MS Society; Boy's State; Flags for Fallen Veterans; Donuts/coffee at local VA Clinic; Lake Weir HS JROTC Battalion; USA Cares; Christmas at Homewood Nursing Home/Lexington; Christmas gifts for veterans at local VA Hospitals; Thanksgiving/Christmas baskets along with the Post and Auxiliary; Veteran's Urn Project; National Emergency Relief Fund; 40&8 Club; Guardian Angels; Horizon Sunrise Arc.