AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps Members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs are determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.
Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit AmeriCorps.gov.
Serve Illinois administers 28 AmeriCorps*State programs in operation for the 2013-2014 program year and more than 1,200 Members committing to a year of service. These Members serve 60 counties in over 300 host sites.
For a full listing of all host sites, please view our 2013 - 2014 Program Directory [PDF, 1.41MB]
3400 North Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 534-0142
The Academy for Urban School Leadership's (AUSL) mission is to improve student achievement in Chicago’s high-poverty, chronically failing schools through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.
Safe Families AmeriCorps Program
2200 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 729-6123
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. The Safe Families IL AmeriCorps program helps the Red Cross achieve its mission by paying special attention to the neighborhoods and communities that need services the most, yet are least likely to be able to afford them. The AmeriCorps program is dedicated to bringing Red Cross safety and health programs to underserved neighborhoods, schools and communities throughout Illinois. Red Cross health and safety programs include CPR, first aid, community disaster education, youth programs, and more.
2838 W. Peterson
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 564-4946
Asian Human Services exists to provide quality, compassionate, and culturally competent services to low-income and immigrant and refugee communities in metropolitan Chicago. AmeriCorps members at AHS fill supportive roles in our Adult Education and Family Literacy Program (LEAF), Passages Charter School, Family Health Center, Community Health Program, and Employment Program. Members engage in a variety of activities to improve the clients’ education level, health, and employment situation, including teaching ESL and Basic Computer classes to adults, tutoring in After School programs, assisting in elementary school classrooms, presenting health education workshops, and assisting individuals create resumes and research job opportunities.
321 South Plymouth Ct, Suite 3B
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 554-4952
Illinois JusticeCorps is a program that places AmeriCorps members in court-based legal advice desks and self-help centers to help people without lawyers navigate the civil judicial system. For individuals coming to court without legal representation, having access to a legal advice desk or self-help center where they can receive guidance and a lawyer can give them some quick legal advice and assistance is critical. A self-help center can provide procedural information and guidance to additional legal resources, including: court-based legal advice desks, court room and clerk locations and contact information for a free legal aid hotline. A well-run legal advice desk can “triage” a person’s legal situation, help her understand her legal problem, refer her to pro bono and legal aid lawyers (where appropriate) and give her brief advice and “self-help” resources for simpler legal matters.
Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps
2130 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603
Phone: (309) 687-7440
Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps encourages the successful transition into adulthood for disadvantaged individuals and social service consumers (i.e. foster youth, individuals with mental illness, youth involved in the justice system). Members provide one-on-one and small group skill building sessions to help transitioning clients make gains in basic skills critical to independence. Members also work to engage disadvantaged individuals in service to help them apply the skills they are learning. All members of our Corps are current/former recipients of social services, thus while they are serving, they are also being served – gaining career and educational opportunities through their service experience.
Chicago, IL 60603
36 S. Wabash, Suite #1500
Phone: (312) 464-1736
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in 19 U.S. locations and one in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service. By giving corps members the skills and opportunities to serve in schools and neighborhoods across the country, City Year seeks to help students and schools succeed. City Year leverages the talent, energy and idealism of corps members who serve as tutors, mentors and role models to help students stay on track.
Unmet Need Volunteer Capacity Building
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 843-6705
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Many of these agencies face critical challenges, including a shortage of regular, able, and reliable volunteers to serve their clients. AmeriCorps Members participating in this program will address these needs. Some members will be placed in host site food pantries where they will recruit and train new volunteers, participate in community level capacity-building initiatives, provide technical and consulting services to host agencies, and support the agencies' daily operations. Other members will work with the Food Depository's SNAP (Food Stamp) outreach team to help pantry clients apply for and navigate the application process.
Neighbor to Neighbor Program
55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 2075
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 344-2244
The UNITING AMERICA (UA) works in partnership with ethnic community based organizations to bridge immigrants with native born Illinoisans through volunteerism. Through AmeriCorps service learning, particularly in the areas of English, Civics, After School Tutoring and GED studies, Illinoisans benefit individually through education, dually through relationships and community-wide through integration. Each AmeriCorps member is placed at ICIRR partner “host” organizations throughout the state of Illinois to build relationships and strengthen communities.
IPHA AmeriCorps Program
223 S. Third Street Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 522-5687
The mission of the Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps Program is to strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders. It accomplishes this mission by having its members help meet locally identified needs at health departments across the state through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion and outreach for programs serving youth, women, children and families; volunteer coordination; and assistance with community emergency preparedness.
900 N. Franklin St., Suite 210
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 867-5414
AmeriCorps/East St. Louis
1274 N 37th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62204
Phone: (618) 271-2522
AmeriCorps/East St. Louis is designed to improve the academic skills of a minimum of 300 Elementary age students, to provide nutritional support for over 2500 persons per month, to recruit and manage over 1000 volunteers, and to build technological competence in the East St. Louis community. The mission of AmeriCorps/East St. Louis is to improve the educational achievement of the children served by East St. Louis School District #189. Members tutor the children in their academic subjects; provide positive role models for the children with whom they are working, and to improve the community, in which the children live. In addition to their academic assistance, the Members operate a food pantry in the community and complete a variety of other service projects.
VOCAL AmeriCorps (Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy)
30 East Adams, Suite 1130
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 857-1582
The goal of the VOCAL*AmeriCorps program is to assist community and faith-based agencies in providing increased services to low literate adults in their communities and teens in the Illinois Youth Centers through a three-pronged approach that consists of: 1.) One-to-one and small group tutoring by AmeriCorps members; 2.) Recruitment of volunteers to serve as one-to- one and small group tutors; and, 3.) A member training and development program that instills in its participants a lifelong ethic of service, as well as provides them with the training they need to be successful in their assignments and the experience required for them to pursue positions in the adult education field, after their AmeriCorps assignment.
AmeriCorps Prisoner and Family Ministries – LSSI
1616 W. Main
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-9076
Prisoner and Family Ministry program provides direct service to those incarcerated, their families and those returning home from prison in five locations: Chicago, Marion, Rockford, Springfield and Metro East St. Louis area. AmeriCorps members are creating and giving presentation on reentry at all sites, encouraging partnerships and recruiting volunteers.
AmeriCorps for McHenry County
620 Dakota Street
McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: (815) 455-2828
The McHenry County AmeriCorps program focuses on two populations: at-risk Latino youth and youth who have serious emotional challenges. Our AmeriCorps members serve youth in after- school programming in McHenry County providing Homework Help, Mentoring and Learn and Serve activities. Most of our members fall between the ages of 18 and 24 years old and include Latino youth as well as youth with a history of emotional challenges.
14 W. Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-7685
PCC Community Wellness is a network of 10 community health centers located on the west side of Chicago and nearby suburbs. Our mission is to improve health outcomes for medically underserved communities through the provision of high quality, affordable, and accessible primary health care and support services. AmeriCorps members are assigned to a PCC community health center where they work closely with a team of healthcare professionals. Members serve by promoting healthy lifestyle choices to patients and the community throughout the life cycle. They provide individual patient education in the health center and in homes, and conduct community education through collaborating schools and churches. PCC AmeriCorps is active in city and regional coalitions such as the Chicago Breastfeeding Task Force, Building a Healthier Chicago, and the Collation to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. PCC offers a mentoring program, pairing AmeriCorps members with an appropriate profession based on their career path interests. AmeriCorps members hold weekly team meetings and schedule team bonding activities and outings.
Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development
1 University Circle 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2706
The Peace Corps Fellows Program is essentially a pre-professional corps of rural community and economic developers. The program recruits recently returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) into a two-year graduate program at WIU. Fellows receive specialized training in community and economic development during the first year in the program, in order to prepare them for an eleven-month, community-based internship and full-time AmeriCorps assignment the second year of the program. During their AmeriCorps service, Fellows lead community and economic development projects and are responsible for mobilizing local volunteers to assist with the implementation of projects such as: downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship development, tourism development, community housing, health education and outreach, volunteer management, and organizational capacity building.
Project MORE: Making Opportunities for Reading Enrichment
1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 355-4227
Project MORE provides critically needed support for early childhood and family literacy programs throughout the Chicago land area. Through a research-based family literacy curriculum and adult education services, MORE is committed to developing lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency for Head Start and child care families. MORE provides: tutoring for parents in GED, English as a Second Language classes, computer instruction, financial literacy workshops, early childhood resources, and models parent-child literacy activities and facilitates financial literacy and other parent training workshops. The MORE program helps AmeriCorps members gain the knowledge and skills to successfully work with families, increase access to early childhood resources for families and professionals, recruit volunteers and community members to sustain MORE for families accomplishments.
Northwestern University Settlement Association
Project YES! (Youth, Education, Service)
1012 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (773) 278-7471, Ext. 1178
Project YES! connects caring adults with youth in and around the West Town Community. Members will be assigned to one site for the program year to have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with students and teachers. While at the site members will be partnered with classroom teachers to assist in all aspects of the academic curriculum. Members will also implement after-school programming based on the needs of the school. Regular training sessions will help members to better serve their schools and community, and give the members the opportunity to plan quality service events. Trainings will include: classroom management, community awareness, planning effective volunteer projects, and civic engagement. Project YES! is a team based corporative environment that encourages members to work together to increase understanding in the schools as well as increasing volunteerism in the community.
Public Allies Chicago
200 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 605
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 422-7777
Public Allies Chicago is a leadership development program that recruits diverse young adults with a passion for community service and places them into intensive non-profit capacity building Apprenticeships. Public Allies combines the Asset Based Community Development approach to community building with leadership development training and non-profit best practices to give our Members a well rounded non-profit and culture experience. The Apprenticeships are as diverse in responsibility as the Allies that fill them from project management, direct community outreach and program support for over 35 non-profits and schools focusing on Youth Development and Economic Opportunity. Our Allies also complete a separate Team Service Project during their year of service where they serve as consultants collaborating with a local non-profit to deliver a specific project. This Service Project allows Allies to apply their learning, solve problems in a team based setting and expand their experience and networks into multiple communities around Chicago. Each Ally is assigned a Program Manager to ensure their development and performance objectives stay on track throughout the year and to lay the groundwork for their careers.
Healthy Communities Corps
180 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 629-2988
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps
Rend Lake College, 468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
Phone: (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1345
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps is primarily part-time tutors and mentors serving in the grade schools helping with literacy reading skills in the lower grades PreK-2 and homework completion, attitudes toward school, disciplinary referrals with the upper grades 3-8. The hope is for the member to give that little extra help to at least 8-10 teacher-referred students who are needing help to get up to grade level in subjects they are struggling with. The Southern 7 AmeriCorps portion of the grant is primarily full-time members serving with non-profit agencies who are needing extra help in providing face-to-face services to children and families in a wide variety of disciplines including a battered women’s center, a children’s home, a lunch buddies program, computer lab, food pantry, mental health counseling, environmental education and interpretive services for visitors centers, coordination of volunteers in environmental conservation, and environmental recycling. These activities are concentrated in the Southern approximately 10 counties of Illinois.
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC)
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: (815) 838-6313
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC AmeriCorps) of Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) is a community benefiting service, growing, changing and responding to the needs of ten counties in northwest Illinois, by expanding the ability of schools and organizations to provide services addressing educational and human needs, thus improving the quality of life in the Sauk Valley.
Schuler Scholar Program
28161 N. Keith Dr.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (773) 320-0302
The Schuler Scholar Program prepares under-resourced, high potential students to succeed at the most competitive private colleges and universities. Schuler Scholars are typically first generation college bound, come from under-resourced families or communities and will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many Scholars are from a population that is under-represented on college campuses. We believe that if high potential but vulnerable students have access to academic and enrichment programs while in high school, are well informed of college options, receive support from family, friends, teachers and mentors, are motivated, and secure financial assistance, they will be successful in obtaining a college degree.
Healthy and Able AmeriCorps
1005 West End Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: (708) 755-8030
SouthSTAR Services serves approximately 450 people with developmental disabilities each year through a wide range of community based services such as group homes, vocational training, case management, and employment services. Our mission is to provide choices and opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities, which enrich their lives and maximize independence in their pursuit of vocation, community living, and social integration. The AmeriCorps members will play an integral part in implementing a "Healthy and Able" program geared to teach people with developmental disabilities how to lead healthier lifestyles through classroom education, diet, and exercise.
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: (618) 235-2700
Belleville AmeriCorps program, established in 1995, is a partnership between Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville School District #118, the city of Belleville, Franklin Neighborhood Association, 17th Street Neighborhood Association, Lebanon Kids and YMCA of Southwest Illinois. The program supports neighborhood and school initiatives that strengthen the community through service. AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, computer coaches, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors. Through service, AmeriCorps members: increase youth academic success through tutoring; provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth after school and during the summer; recruit, support and train volunteers to serve organizations in the Belleville area; and develop leadership skills by participating in team-building and service learning activities.
AmeriCorps/ Youth Corps
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 544-0873
The Springfield Urban League’s AmeriCorps Program is community based strategically throughout the city. Our Members serve as tutors and mentors for the 21st Century Afterschool program as well as other afterschool entities. We also serve minimum time with the Headstart Sites as program assistants. We have summer slots that we fill with Members during the summer months.
300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 254-1000 ext. 19282
Teach For America corps members commit two years to serve as full time teachers in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand opportunity for children. Corps members are placed in pre-K through high school teaching positions throughout Chicago.
Western Illinois University
3561 60th Street
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: (309) 764-2400 ext. 62305
AmeriCorps members will be expanding and improving literacy skills for children at risk for failure, as well as under-served young children in the Quad Cities area. Greater literacy skills in early childhood have a direct impact on a person's future success in school.
Career Passport & Housing Program
P.O. Box 797
Oak Park, IL 60303
Phone: (708) 338-1724
West Suburban PADS provides programming that opens doors, builds future and ends homelessness for the nearly 850 men, women and families served each year in five program areas – Shelter, Supportive Services, Supportive Housing, Employment Readiness and Homeless Prevention. AmeriCorps members are used to enhance services in each of the five program areas Shelter – AmeriCorps members are involved in Outreach and Engagement activities work to build a trusting relationship with individuals who are chronically homeless and help them get linked to needed services and suitable supportive housing. Support Center – AmeriCorps members provide basic services to clients accessing this day-time program, including laundry, showers, clothing, and securing personal identification. Employment Readiness – AmeriCorps members learn and teach the Career Passport curriculum to employable clients enrolled in this 8-week program designed to provide employment readiness, job placement and job retention services. Supportive Housing – AmeriCorps members provide housing location services, case management and aftercare services for those residing in several supportive housing programs offered by West Suburban PADS.
1027 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 866-1200
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