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Pardon Our Dust - We're Moving!
Seve Illinois is now a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health

IDPH LogoOn July 1, 2014, Governor Quinn signed SB 3443. Part of the act reauthorized and revitalized our Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act. As a part of that revitalization, Serve Illinois was moved to our new home at the Illinois Department of Public Health in the Office of Preparedness and Response. Over the next few weeks we will be working to transition our projects, staff, and head quarters to IDPH. We apologize for any inconvenience during this transition, but we feel this transfer is the start of bright new era for Serve Illinois and volunteerism in Illinois.

As of July 28th, or new address will be:
Serve Illinois Commission
Illinois Department of Public Health
422 S 5th Street, 1st Floor
Springfield, IL 62701

We can still be reached at 800-592-9896 durning our move.

Governor Quinn Announces Additional $4 Million Federal Grant for AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps LogoGovernor Pat Quinn and his Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service announced that a $4 million federal AmeriCorps Formula grant will help recruite over 1,700 volunteers in 26 AmeriCorps programs. This grant is in addition to the $4.4 million AmeriCorps Competitive grant that was announced in May. The federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) funding represents a 36 percent increase over 2013. This announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to supporting volunteer service in Illinois.

“Our communities thrive when people take charge of helping their neighbors, making their home towns safe, welcoming and vibrant,” Governor Quinn said. “For the past 20 years, more than 30,000 Illinoisans have done just that through AmeriCorps programs that ‘get things done’ for their communities.”

These grants will support AmeriCorps programs in Champaign, Chicago, Dixon, East St. Louis, Evanston, Ina, Lake Forest, Macomb, Marion, Moline, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. CNCS is the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, and its goal with the grant is to develop and expand volunteer organizations across the country. The Governor’s Serve Illinois Commission, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health, administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

AmeriCorps programs receiving CNCS support from the $4 million grant include:

  • University of Illinois Extension (AJMPU), Champaign
  • Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago
  • Asian Human Services, Chicago
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Illinois Justice Corps, Chicago
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago
  • Northwestern Illinois University Settlement, Project YES, Chicago
  • Up2Us, Chicago
  • Sauk Valley Community College, ABC AmeriCorps, Dixon
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, AmeriCorps East St. Louis
  • Youth Organization Umbrella, Evanston
  • Rend Lake College, Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps, Ina
  • Schuler Family Foundation, Lake Forest
  • Western Illinois University, Peace Corps Fellows Program, Macomb
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Prisoner and Family Ministries, Marion
  • Western Illinois University/WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project, Quad Cities
  • Children's Home Association of Illinois, Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps, Peoria
  • YMCA of Rock River Valley, Rockford
  • Illinois Public Health Association, Springfield
  • Springfield Urban League, AmeriCorps/ Youth Corps, Springfield

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
8/11-14/2014 Midwest Community Development Institute (CDI) Moline, IL
8/14/2014 Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration Metcalfe Federal Building, Chicago, IL
9/11/2014 9/11 Day of Service
9/12/2014 National Service Recognition Day Springfield, IL
9/12/2014 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps Springfield, IL

Featured Volunteers

Claudia Blackman

Claudia BlackmanClaudia Blackman is originally from Michigan, graduating from Central Michigan University with a BS in Education. She has livened in southern Illinois for over 47 years, receiving her MS from Southern Illinois University (SIUC). She is a retiree from SIUC, Department of Kinesiology and is currently an AmeriCorps Member working with American Red Cross in their National Preparedness and Response Corps. She has volunteered for the American Red Cross for 50 years, wearing many different hats, first teaching swimming and lifeguarding, then teaching first aid and CPR most recently preparedness and disaster response courses. In addition, you will find her responding to disaster, preparing to respond to disaster or helping individuals prepare for a disaster. She likes to think there is no task too small or too large that she can’t tackle.

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