Erin Legion donated over $70,000 to community, veteran organizations in 2023

ERIN – Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 442 took part in a “Breakfast with Santa” event on Dec. 16 at the Erin Legion. 

Officials with the  Legion would like to thank the community for its “ongoing support” of the organization and its initiatives, which allow it to support the town in many ways. 

In 2023, the Erin Legion dispersed funds to many local organizations as well as larger veteran organizations. 

The Legion made donations to the Erin Lions Club, Erin Optimist Club, Youth Unlimited, Erin Agricultural Society, Erin Union Cemetery, Erin Fire Fighters Equipment Fund, Wellington Hospice and Bethel Hospice. 

Additionally, the Erin Legion supported East Wellington Community Services in support of the youth program, seniors’ program and the food bank. 

The Legion also supported local seniors’ programs throughout the community and provided bursaries to two Erin District High School students. 

During the past year, the Erin Legion provided $49,850 in support of these organizations through the proceeds of its licensed lotteries. 

The Poppy campaign allowed the Legion to support 242 Ross Ferguson Royal Canadian Air Cadets, youth participants of the Legion literacy and poster program, the Road to Recovery Ruck team (in support of the Leave the Streets Behind program and Parkwood Institute – St. Joseph’s Health Care) supporting veteran programs totaling $21,610. 

Overall, Legion Branch 442 put $71,460 back into the community in 2023.

Additionally, Branch 442 supported 19 families during their time of grief through celebrations of life and funeral reception services. 

The Legion offers the community seminars, holiday and seasonal events and an affordable place to gather with friends and family. 

The Erin Legion is always looking for adult volunteers and supports high school students in need of volunteer hours. 

The Legion has many volunteer opportunities that can offer a fulfilling experience to anyone. 

Contrary to belief, the Legion offers membership to everyone 18 years old and over who agree to support the purposes and objectives of the Royal Canadian Legion. 

There is no need for any military connections. 

“We are always looking for new members and offer opportunities for people to make new friends and is perfect for newcomers to the community,” said Legion officials. 

The Legion has many membership benefits; Legion events are open to the community and do not require a membership, but it also has sport tournaments that are only open to members. 

Members of the Legion are also eligible for discounts at many service providers and retailers through “Memberperks” and receive discounts when renting facilities at the Legion. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, drop by the lounge during open hours at 12 Dundas St. in Erin.