Community Service

Community Service Ribbon

Click Here to see some Community Service Opportunities

Click Here to see examples of Aurora Division Community Service Activities

Click Here to see examples of Outside-of-Aurora Division Community Service Activities

Use the Aurora Division Community Service Report form (PDF, Acrobat Reader required) for submitting your hours for credit. (left click to open it using Acrobat Reader, right click and select "Save Target As" to download it to your computer)

  • Members of the Aurora Division have always been encouraged to volunteer their time in the service of our community. The NSCC/NLCC Community Service Ribbon has been created to reinforce this. In addition, all Aurora Division members are required to perform community service for each advancement as stated in the Community Service Standard Operating Procedure (available through the Resources page).
  • The Community Service Ribbon is awarded for 40 hours or more of community service time. Because of the wide variety of community service opportunities available, some discretion is given to the commanding officer to define what constitutes community work. Examples include:
    • Working/caring for/visiting the sick or elderly (not family members)
    • Visiting hospitals/Veterans' hospitals/homes
    • Participating in charity fundraising, walk-a-thons, running events, etc.
    • United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program
    • Care/feeding of the homeless at various shelters
    • Environmental clean-up of public property
    • Other bonafide volunteer efforts as deemed by the Commanding Officer, such as Habitat for Humanity, etc.

    Hours will be accumulated through community service activities at drills, and individual members involved in similar activities can get credit for these hours by informing their supervisor/volunteer coordinator that they are members of the USNSCC and expected to perform community service, and requesting documentation, on appropriate agency letterhead, of the time spent and nature of their volunteer activities. This documentation should be forwarded to INST Glass for recording.

  • The Aurora Division is always seeking additional community service activities for our cadets. If you have a suggestion for an activity, please contact the Commanding Officer, LCDR Wayeshe.



Community Service Opportunities

  • The Aurora Division is participating in the Adopt-a-Sailor program, and has collected several items and sent out about 6+ care packages to military personnel serving overseas. Right now the program is going off slowly so it is time for all hands to kick up the heels on this program. All Aurora Division personnel need to go out and talk to anyone that you know that has a sailor serving overseas, asking them if their sailor would like to receive a care package from the Aurora Division Sea Cadets.

    We also need more donated items for this program. Each cadet should gather and/or purchase at least 3-5 items on the attached list (PDF), plus at least 1 name of a sailor and bring the items and the sailors' names with you to the 09JAN10 drill, so we can send more packages out to the sailors. Please remember this is for the sailors and everything we can send them will be greatly appreciated. It is up to EACH OF YOU to support this effort.

  • Operation Support Our Troops - Illinois (OSOT-IL) is an outstanding organization which packs and mails boxes filled with useful items to our troops overseas. Aurora Division Members can participate at their warehouse and packing facility sorting donated supplies & packing boxes, and at events conducted to raise funds in support of OSOT-IL.

  • Ready Set Ride-horse riding facility in Plainfield. Sundays they always need volunteers - do not need to call prior to coming. Help is needed between the hours of 10:00 am to 14:00 (2:00 pm) on Sundays. If you wish to volunteer on Saturdays, please call prior to coming to make sure they need volunteers. Call Lisa home @ 630-904-0391. Please make sure to take along a Community Service Report Form so your hours of service will be recorded.



Aurora Division Activities

Clearing trails and brush at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora

Communities in Schools Back to School Fair

Fundraising ($6,046) for American Red Cross relief efforts in New York, Washington, DC, and elsewhere in the country

Harvesting Seeds at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove, IL

Holiday lights, policing the grounds, and visiting with veteran at Hines Veteran's Administration Hospital

Holiday stockings for Operation Support Our Troops

Honor Guard at the Fallen Soldier Exhibit at Naperville City hall at the request of Operation Support Our Troops

Information Table for Operation Support Our Troops at Cantigny Park, Naperville, IL

Informational and fundraising table for Operation Support Our Troops at "Cruisin for the Troops" at the Judd Kendall VFW Post in Naperville

NLUS Aurora Council's Pearl Harbor Day Luncheon

Packing boxes for Operation Support Our Troops, based in Naperville

Painting playground equipment at Mill St. Elementary School in Naperville

Parking lot duty for Mercyfest '09, benefitting Mercy Hospital in Aurora

Packing at Feed My Starving Children



Outside of Aurora Division Activities

Aurora Central Catholic High School

Aurora Urban League

Brady Elementary School

Burlington Fire Department

Children's Christmas Craft Day

Church Mission Food Share

City of Morris (filling & carrying sandbags during flooding)

Community Christian Church


Daybreak Homeless Shelter

Elmwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Fox Chase Elementary School

Fox Valley Bike Trail

Habitat for Humanity

Heritage Grove Middle School

Hesed House

Humane Society

Kane County States' Attorney's office

Kendall County Animal Shelter

Knights of Columbus

Loris Little Critters Animal Shelter

Make-a-Wish Foundation

OLGC Church

Operation Support Our Troops

Oswego Public Library

Palos South Middle School

Palos South Recycling

Palos West Elementary School

Peace Village Retirement Community

Plainfield Fire Department

Plainfield Park District

Plano High School

Shriners' Childrens' Hospital

St. Mary's Giving Tree project

Thompson Middle School

USO O'Hare Airport

Village of Palos Park

West Aurora High School

Yorkville High School

Youth of America