We are looking for volunteers for Buddy Poppy Weekend – November 4 and 5

Poppy+VFWThe Collinsville VFW is looking for cheerful and courteous volunteers to help us with our Buddy Poppy Campaign on November 4 and 5.  Are you a veteran or have a family member that is a veteran?  Are you affiliated or know a youth group or service group willing to put in a few hours to help out a great cause?  Are you looking to give back to the Veterans who so bravely fight for our country?  We are looking for honest people that love their country and are willing to spend a couple hours on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in early November handing out Buddy Poppies.

VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in VA Hospitals, State Veterans Homes and Domiciliaries across the country.  The majority of proceeds derived from each campaign conducted by VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries are retained locally to provide for veteran services and welfare.  Buddy Poppy proceeds represent no profit to any VFW unit and all money contributed by the public for Buddy Poppies is used in the cause of veterans welfare, or for the well-being of their needy dependents and the orphans of veterans.

Would you be so kind to set aside a couple hours to help?  If so, we would love to have you join.  You may sign up through our links below, or contact us via email.

Kruta’s Bakery

Shop N Save Collinsville (159)

Rural King Collinsville 

Walgreens Beltline

This is a great way to meet new people and become familiar with the Collinsville VFW Post 5691 and see all the great things we do!

To read the full story behind the Buddy Poppy program click here…  we encourage you to watch the videos of the Veterans making the Poppies.

Free Concert at McKendree College November 10 to honor vets

salute-to-freedom-music-note-3A Salute to Freedom Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Concert will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016.  The free concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. Special patriotic music will be performed by a guest quartet and the Sesser-Valier High School Band, under the direction of Megan Zurliene ’15.

All active duty military, veterans, and emergency service personnel will be recognized at the concert. While your presence alone is greatly appreciated, we also encourage members of the McKendree community (alumni, students, faculty and staff) to submit photos and military or emergency service (police, fire, or EMT) information/rank to be used in a slide show played on stage during the concert. All submissions are due by Monday, Oct. 31, 2016  contact for more details.

Map to Event

Madison County Veterans Free Legal Appts Nov 10 & 15

Madison County Veterans November 10th & November 15th

  • Free legal appointments
  • For veterans who do not have attorneys
  • Family law or others matters, including: debt collection, landlord tenant, small claims, of any other civil area of law (excludes criminal or traffic matters)

Please visit the Madison County Law Library or contact Lauren Jansen at 618-296-4472 or lljansen@co.madison.il.us to schedule an appointment.

One free 30 minute appointment between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on either date to honor and serve our veterans in 20l6!!

Mouse Races Benefiting Local Boys & Girls Clubs of America Nov 18

mouse-racesJoin GGAR for Mouse Racing!

Benefiting our local area Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Sponsored by the GGAR Community Involvement Committee

Friday, November 18, 2016
Doors Open at 6:00PM, Races Start at 7:00PM
Collinsville VFW

Cost: $10 per person (includes complimentary soda)
$80 for a reserved table for 8 paid in advance
Bring plenty of $$$$ for betting ($2 minimum bet)
Silent Auction, Roulette Wheel, Games & 50/50

Donation Items are Needed for the Silent Auction!
No outside beverages allowed; Cash Bar Only
Snacks: Bring your own!

Race Sponsorship (10 Races) $100
Roulette Wheel Sponsors $50
Name a Mouse $10

Register online here or for more information call GGAR 618-692-8300 or email completed registration by clicking here.

Help us spread the word by downloading our Flyer here!



Christmas for the Troops Volunteer Event! – November 20, 2016

Christmas for the Troops

christmas-with-the-troopsCome join the fun of making homemade cookies, Christmas cards and Christmas ornaments to be sent to our soldiers serving overseas!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Friedens United Church of Christ
207 E. Center Street
Troy, IL 62294
Come for part of the time or all of the time!

Event is FREE!

Donations of baking supplies are greatly appreciated!!

Register at Signup.com or contact Bobbi Burg

we-support-our-troops-patchAny Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts registered before 11-11-16 will receive a ‘We Support Our Troops” patch.

We are sending to troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Romania, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in collaboration with A Soldier’s Wish List of St. Louis

We will also be collecting unbreakable Christmas ornaments and unwrapped Christmas gifts.

Last year 500+ “crispy” treats and 2,000+ cookies were made! lt’s really quite an operation, but when sending to 500+ soldiers, it’s just a drop in the
bucket.  If the November 20th date doesn’t work in someone’s calendar, the coordinator will be more than happy to accept any homemade cookies, brownies or fudge anyone makes on their own. Just contact Bobbi any time before then and she will arrange for a pick up!

Wishlist coming soon!

Thank you for your help!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – November 21 3-7PM

Please join us for our Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 21, 2016, 3PM to 7PM, at Collinsville VFW

Join your community to celebrate this day in the true spirit of Thanksgiving – Turkey and all the trimmings at NO CHARGE!happy-thanksgiving-2013

Good Food and Good Fellowship.  This year we are opening up to all of our Veterans as a way to say “Thank You” and “You are Appreciated”.

Hosted By: CenterPointe Church
2200 Vandalia Street
Collinsville, IL 62234
Pastor Jeremy Drake


Quarter Auction Benefiting Toys for Tots – November 10, 2016

toys-for-tots-logoQuarter Auction Benefiting Toys for Tots

Please join us on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Collinsville VFW, 1234 Vandalia Street (Hwy 159).

Doors open at 6:00PM  Auction will start at 7:00PM

$5.00 per bid Paddle OR a NEW Unwrapped Toy! (you will need Quarters to bid)

Win New & Discontinued Items to be auctioned for 1 to 4 Quarters. From Direct Sales Vendors, Crafters and local Businesses.

50/50 tickets will be sold throughout the evening!  2-Shopping Spree Raffles and Shop/Book with Vendors and you will be entered into a drawing.


Dinner is available for $5 a plate.  DELICIOUS FOOD!

For more information contact Dee @ 618-741-9893 or Pam @ 618-667-2589

To print flyer for a special drawing!