AmeriCorps Week 2015 - March 9-13, 2015 

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AmeriCorps WeekEach year, the nation celebrates the service that thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. It is a time to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.

AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.

Hundreds of events are taking place across the United States service projects, recruitment fairs, school presentations, alumni gatherings, awards ceremonies, and more."

For more information on AmeriCorps Week, please visit AmeriCorpsWeek.gov.

Serve Illinois Partner Service Projects

Across Illinois, AmeriCorps Members give a year of service to their community. In honor of AmeriCorps Week, each program will also be hosting a special service project(s). If you would like your project added to this list, please email us.

Learn more about AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

AmeriCorps Program Project Description Contact Information
ABC AmeriCorps - Sauk Valley Community College Sauk Valley AmeriCorps members will reading the Berenstain Bears "Lend A Helping Hand" to K-3 students in classrooms at four grade schools in Whiteside and Lee County. Students will also receive a "Volunteering" coloring book and small box of crayons. Coloring books/crayons will also be distributed to two after-school programs our member serve at. These items will include the AmeriCorps name and logo to promote AmeriCorps. We are planning on handing out 150 - 200 coloring books/crayons to K-3 students. Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: (815) 838-6313
Email
AmeriCorps/East St. Louis – Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House We will be having a “Huge Free Give Away”. AmeriCorps East St. Louis will partner with Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and McKendree University to supply the surrounding communities with nourishing foods, food demonstrations, and household supplies. While the community is partaking in the festivities, AmeriCorps members will have a table available to promote and discuss the benefits of service in the AmeriCorps East St. Program. Members will also serve in the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Food Pantry by preparing and distributing food boxes to patrons who attend. Each member will display the AmeriCorps brand and insignia throughout the city of East St. Louis to endorse and encourage AmeriCorps Week and what is stands for. Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1274 N 37th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62204
Phone: (618) 271-2522
Email
AmeriCorps Prisoner and Family Ministries – Lutheran Social Services of Illinois March 9, the Southern Illinois members (Marion, Alton, East St. Louis) will be meeting in Herrin Illinois and dividing up into two groups.
The first group will be cleaning, organizing and counting inventory for the Habitat for Humanity warehouse.
The second group will be assisting in the completion of the Green Reentry Opportunity Greenhouse and Garden. They will put the finishing touches on to the greenhouse, plant in the pots, and make the organic beds for seeds to be planted for the program.
We will be having lunch at the Herrin House of Hope (the local soup kitchen) to support it by making a donation for our lunch that will assist the give back to the homeless in the community.
The Marion team will be working in the gardens the rest of the week as well to get the Gardens ready. The Rockford PFM AmeriCorps members will be assisting in the stocking of an area food pantry/Soup Kitchen as well on Monday March 9.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
1616 W. Main
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-9076
Email
Asian Human Services AmeriCorps Project Main Project
The AHS AmeriCorps team will be partnering with Young Chicago Authors (YCA) through their Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) event, which is the largest youth poetry festival in the world. AHS members will be joining other volunteers all throughout Chicago to assist in the event, promote youth creativity and agency, and also to share and promote our own AmeriCorps program. All members will wear their AmeriCorps gear, and the AmeriCorps Coordinator will participate in the event in AmeriCorps gear as well. Primarily, members will be assisting the high school and college participants through the preliminary poetry bouts, while also helping to keep time, judging the participants’ works on stage, and assisting with other duties as needed. We’re excited to be a part of an internationally recognized event and show our volunteerism spirit.

Secondary Project
For a couple AHS AmeriCorps members who are unable to make the LTAB event since it’s on a weekday, the other service event will be the Ravenswood Market Pantry. This market pantry holds a partnership with the Greater Food Depository, aiming to bring nutritious groceries to neighborhood families in need of food assistance. Members will assist in setting up the outdoor pantry, as well as interact directly with neighbors as they navigate what to get, helping distribute food items.
Asian Human Services
2838 W. Peterson
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 564-4946
Email
Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Members will conduct a short-term service project that is an extension of the work that they already engage in to promote awareness of AmeriCorps.
On Monday, Members will meet at National Louis University to acknowledge the work being done around the 13 sites.
In preparation for standardized testing, Members will conduct one-on-one tutoring and study sessions with students. In these meetings/sessions, Members will supply students with strategies and tools on successful test taking strategies, tips and tools for how to prepare for exams at home, and provide tips and tools for parents/guardians for testing week.
Also, AUSL members will show support for LVI - VOCAL AmeriCorps program's by showing at the Thompson Center on Monday.
Academy for Urban School Leaderhsip
3400 North Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 534-0129
Email
Belleville AmeriCorps – Southwestern Illinois College TOCO Shop Seasonal Changeover, Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 10:00AM-4:00PM
We will work with other members of the community to reorganize and prepare a second hand store for the Spring Season. The TOCO shop is a non-for-profit organization that raises money through the sale of donated items to give to causes and projects in the Belleville community.

Franklin Reading Night, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 5:30PM-8:00PM
Members will assist teachers from the Belleville District 118 Franklin Elementary School as they promote and encourage reading amongst the children. The theme will be Super Hero Readers. Members will work at activity stations throughout the school and work with the kids on different reading activities.

FNCA Jr. Optimist Club: Planting and games, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 2:45PM-4:00PM
Members will go along with FNCA Jr. Optimist Club to help make quilts and converse with residents at St. Paul’s Nursing Home. The Franklin children have already established relationships with the residents through their Martin Luther King Jr. project, and the members will help facilitate more conversations as they work all together to make felt quilts.

AmeriCorps Trail Clean up, SWIC Trail, Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:30AM-12:00PM
Members will work to clean up a portion of the Metro Link bike trail. This part of the trail was adopted by Belleville AmeriCorps in the 90’s. So, members will weed, pick up trash and clear away any debris that has accrued over the winter season so as to prepare the trail.
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: (618) 235-2700
Email
Coach Across America in Illinois – UP2US Members will participate in Urban Initiatives Spring Game Day at the Chicago Indoor Sports Center (39th/Ashland). Up2Us
1644 N. Honore, Sutie 209
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 938-1248
Email
Early Childhood Literacy Project – WIU-QC and WQPT In addition to our continued work at our literacy center in the QC Botanical Center, we will have an AmeriCorps/Volunteer Awareness table on campus. We are partnering with VISTA members from the Illinois Campus Compact to promote AmeriCorps here at WIU-QC. Western Illinois University
3561 60th Street
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: (309) 764-2400 ext. 62305
Email
Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps – Children’s Home Association of Illinois Beginning on March 9th, we will be conducting a feminine hygiene item drive at Children's Home sites, as well as two other IL locations (Charleston and Champaign-Urbana). We've discovered that these items are infrequently donated to shelters, and so homeless women are often left without the supplies they need. We will be collecting items from March 9th-27th, and delivering to several local shelters on the 30th and 31st.
Additionally, we will be kicking off our new Heart of Illinois Volunteer Corps Facebook page on March 9th. This site will function as a central volunteer intake and mobilization "center" for our area. Our members and staff will work to match local volunteers to sites and/or projects, and to inform the public of opportunities for service in our area. We are working to establish a partnership with nonprofit agencies and media in order to centralize volunteer efforts to this site. Additionally, we will be doing a simple education campaign about AmeriCorps (and Fostering Transitions, specifically) at Bradley University, Illinois Central College, and Children's Home from March 9-13.
Children's Home Association of Illinois
2130 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603
Phone: (309) 687-7440
Email
Greater Chicago Food Depository Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – Hines VA Hospital

Because of scheduling, we set up 2 opportunities for the members to volunteer working with veterans and helping the food pantry and doing some outreach to veterans within the VA.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 843-5422
Email
Illinois Justice Corps – Illinois Bar Foundation Illinois JusticeCorps members are going to participate in the volunteer fair hosted by Literacy Volunteers in Chicago. We are also doing a program-wide virtual food drive where members will collect food at their service sites for a local food pantry or soup kitchen and encourage donations through social media throughout the week. Illinois Bar Foundation
20 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 726-2072
Email
IPHA AmeriCorps - Illinois Public Health Association Monday, 3/9
-St. Irenaeus/Catholic Charities Food Pantry- Park Forest: 10:00 am-1:00 pm -- Helping pack food and carry to vehicles
-Illinois State University- Bloomington: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm --IPHA AmeriCorps Program presentation to public health student group
-4 members serving at Central Illinois Food Bank- Springfield: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm --Sorting and organizing food items for distribution
-Fairfield Memorial Hospital- Fairfield: 8:30 am IPHA AmeriCorps Program presentation to high school students interested in health professions
-Information table- James R. Thompson Center- Chicago: 8:30 am- 1:00 pm --IPHA AmeriCorps Program table at Literacy Volunteers of Illinois - VOCAL AmeriCorps Program Volunteer Fair; including nutrition/healthy eating information
-NASH Recreation Center- Oregon: 1:30 pm IPHA AmeriCorps Program presentation at Project LEAD (Leaders Encouraging Abstinence from Drugs) meeting

Tuesday, 3/10:
-Ravenswood Community Services- Chicago: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm -- Helping greet neighbors, set tables, make coffee, cook and serve the meal, wash dishes, clear tables, break down tables and chairs, vacuum the floor, and distribute groceries for food pantry/community kitchen
-Home Sweet Home Ministries Soup Kitchen- Bloomington: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
-2 members serving at Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry- Batavia: 9:00 am - 11:30 am -- Stocking shelves and making sure the clients are moving smoothly throughout the pantry
-Lifeline Food Pantry- Oregon: 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
Illinois Public Health Association
223 S. Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 522-5687
Email
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps – Rend Lake College The Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps will again be collaborating with the Foster Grandparents. Wednesday, March 11 members will meet at the Mt. Vernon Primary Center and complete activities with the students during the after school program. The activities will revolve around Dr. Suess. Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
Phone: (618) 437-5321 ext. 1351
Email
Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development - Western Illinois University Our program will host a service day at the McDonough County animal shelter on Friday, March 13, in honor of AmeriCorps Week. This will tie in to an ongoing effort to enhance the shelter's volunteer recruitment and management practices. Western Illinois University
1 University Circle 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2706
Email
Project MORE: Making Opportunities for Reading Enrichment - University of Illinois - Chicago THURSDAY- March 12, 2014
Event: Money Bonanza
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Location: St. Joseph Head Start

UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE is proud to present Money Bonanza! An event for Head Start families in which families will participate in financial literacy activities. Activities will range from child friendly financial questions to making arts, crafts related to finances. The event will enhance children and family members' knowledge on spending money effectively, saving and budgeting. The focus of the event is to provide financial literacy for economically disadvantaged children and adults. Parents will also have the opportunity to receive financial literacy resources. All games and activities will be offered in both English and Spanish.
University of Illinois - Chicago
1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 355-4227
Email
Project YES! (Youth, Education, Service) – Northwestern University Settlement Association Our project will take place on Monday, March 9th from 9am – 12:30pm. We will be sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a non-profit call Envisions Unlimited:
The mission of Envisions Unlimited is to provide persons with disabilities or other special needs quality of services which promote choice, independence and community integration.
We plan on decorating cupcakes, make friendship bracelets and other crafts, help with their art projects and finish with a dance party.
Because this organization is in the Humboldt Park community, our GOALS are to:
Make the organization and participants aware of AmeriCorps, National Service, and service opportunities.
Have our members serve with people with disability as a training on how to they (our members) could include this group in future projects as volunteers not as recipients of the services.
Invite them to our upcoming volunteer projects: Global Youth Service Day, April 18th and Seeds Of Service, May 16th.
Northwestern University Settlement Association
1012 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (773) 278-7471, Ext. 1178
Email
Public Allies Chicago Various service projects planned throughout the week includes health & wellness for students, tutoring support and individual training, volunteering at one of the early morning runs, outreach for March to College, helping staff at Iraqi Mutual Aid Society with translation of documents and community resource data base data entry. A soccer day tournament, painting hallways, stairs and organizing & cleaning a library at Dett Elementary School. Public Allies Inc.
180 N. Michigan, Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 422-7777
Email
Rockford Service Corps - YMCA of Rock River Valley Monday, March 9th – Serving dinner and hosting a BINGO night at the Veteran’s Drop In Center. Prizes will be given out to our lucky winners.

Tuesday, March 10th – Grab coffee and mingle at Meg’s Daily Grind Perryville. AmeriCorps Trivia Night. Prizes will be given out to our lucky winners.

Wednesday, March 11th – Fun story-telling at Booker Washington Center with Rockford AmeriCorps Alumni. Refreshments & light snacks will be served.
YMCA of Rock River Valley
200 Y Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: (815) 489-1133
Email
Safe Families AmeriCorps Program - American Red Cross - Chicago Members will serve at their local VA hospital's food pantry and assisting veterans as they pick up food supplies. American Red Cross - Chicago
2200 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 729-6291
Email
Schuler Scholar Program - Schuler Family Foundation Members are running info sessions and leading discussions about AmeriCorps and their personal service journey in our schools and will be doing reflection projects with our students. In addition, members have been asked to reach out to their school’s staff for help on any school specific projects. AmeriCorps Week will culminate with members volunteering at Feed Our Starving Children where they will be packing food bags for children in need. Schuler Family Foundation
28161 N. Keith Dr.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (847) 607-2066
Email
Springfield Urban League AmeriCorps Wednesday, March 11th – Boys & Girls Club Local dignitaries and celebrities will reflect on the positive aspect of volunteering. AmeriCorps Alums will be honored. Information will be shared of the various volunteer organizations in the Springfield community. Springfield Urban League, Inc.
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 544-0873
Email
Teach for America Over the last several weeks, we’ve been putting together a video promoting service as told by our corps members, staff, and alumni. That video will be released to our entire network of members and alumni next week in celebration of AmeriCorps Week. We’ll also be promoting the video and AmeriCorps week more broadly on social media, using the hashtags Scott provided below. Teach for America
300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 254-1000 ext. 19259
Email
VOCAL AmeriCorps (Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy) - Literacy Volunteers of Illinois LVI will kick-off National AmeriCorps Week by conducting a Volunteer Recruitment and Information Fair in one of the busiest spots in downtown Chicago – the James R. Thompson Center, which houses a Food Court, Transportation Center, and most state agencies’ Chicago office. The purpose of the Fair is three-fold: 1.) Promote National Service, and AmeriCorps in particular, to the general public by highlighting the work of our AmeriCorps members and those of other Serve Illinois-funded programs who will be part of the Fair; 2.) Recruit new AmeriCorps members and community volunteers for those agencies participating in the Fair; and, 3.) Provide information and materials on the programs and services offered by the agencies to attract clients and build support. Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
30 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 857-1582
Email
VOCAL AmeriCorps (Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy) - Literacy Volunteers of Illinois LVI will kick-off National AmeriCorps Week by conducting a Volunteer Recruitment and Information Fair in one of the busiest spots in downtown Chicago – the James R. Thompson Center, which houses a Food Court, Transportation Center, and most state agencies’ Chicago office. The purpose of the Fair is three-fold: 1.) Promote National Service, and AmeriCorps in particular, to the general public by highlighting the work of our AmeriCorps members and those of other Serve Illinois-funded programs who will be part of the Fair; 2.) Recruit new AmeriCorps members and community volunteers for those agencies participating in the Fair; and, 3.) Provide information and materials on the programs and services offered by the agencies to attract clients and build support. Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
30 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 857-1582
Email
West Suburban PADS Thursday, March 12, 2015
Site: Percy Julian Middle School
District 97 Multicultural Center
416 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

Project: Creating flyers, posters and other promotional materials for the District Ethnic Fair.
West Suburban PADS
1851 S. 9th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 338-1724
Email
Y.O.U.th Serve Evanston and Skokie - Youth Organization Umbrella, Inc. AmeriCorps Members will be posting from seven locations in Evanston and Skokie to our nearly 1,500 followers on Facebook and Twitter . In addition to highlighting the work that they do at our program sites, members will lead a group of elementary youth in visiting a local nursing home for a service learning project. The members will also convene in downtown Evanston (in their AmeriCorps gear) to take group photos. Youth Organization Umbrella, Inc.
1027 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 866-1200
Email

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