Become a Member

IJF works because we are member-driven.
Member organizations commit to:
  • Update their services and submit events on the IJF website
  • Use the IJF website to connect their clients to the right resource
  • Participate in an IJF Working Group
IJF has multiple working groups—from education, to homelessness, to families and children— through which member organizations meet, learn, and act together. At IJF Working Groups, all the experts are at the table—and together, they’re taking on the challenges that service members, veterans and their families still face.
All public and not-for-profit organizations are invited to join Illinois Joining Forces as members.  Joining IJF involves a few simple steps, culminating in signing a membership memorandum and thereby committing to and benefiting from active collaboration with other IJF members.


Active members of IJF benefit from the following:

Recognition for going above and beyond your organizational profile by participating in a state-wide cause that demonstrates your commitment to the overall mission of improving the quality of life of all service members, veterans, and their families;

Direct engagement with public (from federal to local) and private entities that are aligned with your interests, thus creating synergies and opportunities for partnered effort;

Access to a real-time forum designed to allow collaboration, while reducing friction and closing gaps, in order to advance projects/efforts/programs of mutual interest;

A steady presence on the IJF proactive web-based platform, with an active profile and network that will allow your organization to increase outreach efforts to a larger community and broader population through active referrals and searches for services and support from military members, veterans, and their families;

Participation in a multi-layered state-wide network which provides an opportunity to share and broaden each other’s network and support system(s); and

When desired, active participation in the policy process that affects the Illinois military and veteran community via Working Group discussions and resultant policy recommendations for possible inclusion in the annual Illinois Discharged Service Member Task Force report.

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