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The Serve Illinois Commission is seeking applicants for a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois. By entering a zip code, county, and area(s) of interest, applicants can view local volunteer opportunities in their area. Currently, the Serve Illinois Commission has over 100,000 volunteer opportunities state-wide, and is always looking for bright, motivated, volunteers to fill positions. Interested applicants may visit www.serve.illinois.gov or call (800) 592-9896.
Prepare for Winter
On November 1, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) teamed up with the National Weather Service (NWS) and American Red Cross to develop the Winter Storm Preparedness Guide. The guide provides winter weather safety tips. IEMA and NWS also recommend stocking up on emergency preparedness kits for homes and vehicles with items ranging from batteries to non-perishable foods. Visit www.ready.illinois.gov for more information on emergency preparedness. Click here for the complete listing of emergency kit items, winter terms, and more.
Promote your Agribusiness Company
In an ongoing effort to promote the Illinois food and agribusiness industry within the global marketplace, The Illinois Department of Agriculture (DOA)’s Bureau of Marketing has launched various promotional services through several regional and national expositions, promotions, seminars, and industry tours. In addition, the DOA maintains foreign offices in Hong Kong and Mexico to assist Illinois companies overseas. Illinois is also a member of the twelve-state Food Export Association-Midwest. By utilizing this private, non-profit association, DOA is positioned to increase international exports in addition to the state-sponsored Food Export activities. For interested agribusiness owners, the full list of details may be found at www.agr.state.il.us.
Stay Healthy this Season
In addition to the holidays, winter also brings an influx of colds and flu. However, several easy preventive steps can help keep the sickness at bay. The Illinois Department of Public Health suggests that adults drink at least 6 to 8 cups of liquids per day to flush out toxins. Beverages can include water, fruit juice, milk, coffee, or tea. To gain good nutrition and more energy, eating 2-3 serving of fruits and vegetables along with plenty of whole grains is a way to maintain a healthy diet. Exercising and staying active is fun and as simple as going for a walk. One of the most important ways to avoid sickness is to wash your hands often: use warm water and soap, and scrub up to the elbows. For more information on how to prevent and treat illness, please visit www.idph.state.il.us. Reducing germs will ensure a happy holiday season!
New Veteran Cash Lottery Ticket
On November 1, Governor Quinn launched the Illinois Lottery’s 2011 Veterans Cash lottery game. One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit Illinois Veterans. Tickets cost $3 each and have a top instant prize of $40,000. Since the program’s inception in 2006 by Governor Quinn, over $9.5 million in proceeds have been contributed to Veterans’ organizations statewide. For more information on Veterans Cash, visit www.illinoislottery.com. To apply for a Veteran’s Cash grant, visit www2.illinois.gov/veterans.
On November 16, Governor Quinn announced Illinois Energy Now grants. The grants will provide an estimated $7.1 million in energy cost savings for multiple public sector facilities including schools, community colleges, and local municipal buildings. By using both electric and natural gas, Illinois Energy Now helps ensure Illinois’ annual energy savings target is met. One grantee, the County Commissioners Association, was awarded a $260,000 Illinois Energy Now grant to increase awareness of energy efficient incentives for public entities. The initiative is expected to create 100 green sector jobs throughout Illinois. For more information on Illinois Energy Now programs, visit www.illinoisenergy.org.
Spread Holiday Cheer
This holiday season Governor Quinn will once again visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to deliver handmade cards to workers and recovering servicemembers. Governor Quinn has asked Illinois schoolchildren to create the cards to be delivered. If you are interested in participating, Holiday cards may be mailed to:
The Office of Governor Pat Quinn
Attn: Amy Amizich
James R. Thompson Center
100 W Randolph, Suite 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Please send all cards and letters in one bundle using a ribbon or box to keep them together. For more information, contact Amy Amizich at (312) 814-1083 or Amy.Amizich@illinois.gov.