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Year of the VolunteerYou are the difference!!!
2015 is the Year of the Volunteer

Sign your organization up for the year of the volunteer.

Join us for a conversation with faith-based organizations about volunteers.
June 26, 2015 - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00
Chicago, Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W. Jackson Bvd, 3rd Floor
Register for the event.

2015 is the Year of the Volunteer in Illinois. The year's theme is "You are the difference."

The recently released 2013 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that 2.57 million Illinoisans demonstrated their commitment to improving their communities by volunteering. This ranks Illinois the top volunteering state out of the eight most populated. Volunteerism throughout Illinois will increase during the year by celebrating community service and connecting and strengthening the already extensive network of organizations involved in service.

The year is sponsored by Generations Serving Generations and Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in cooperation with the Serve Illinois Commission, the Illinois Department on Aging, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Senate via Senate Resolution 1002.

You can take part in the Year of the Volunteer by helping your local community or faith based organization, emailing us about your organization's volunteers, or tweeting about your volunteers using #ServeIL.

State SealMeet the Governor's Volunteer Service Award Winners!
28 Citizens and Businesses Honored

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented 24 Illinoisans and 4 businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Hoogland Center for the Arts on April 20, 2015. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

“These 28 represent the work that 2.57 million Illinois do each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director. “The work that these individuals and businesses do make the lives of thousands better. We are honored to have the opportunity to highlight their service.”

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards focus on five areas: Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Conservation, Disaster Preparedness/Response, Health, and Veterans’ Affairs. Individual awards in each of the commission’s five service regions (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois) are presented in three categories: youth ages 18 and under, adult ages 19-54 and seniors ages 55 and older. Additionally, National Service Awards were presented to one Senior Corps and one AmeriCorps member in each region. This year marks the third time that the Business Volunteer Engagement Awards was presented in each region.

Serve Illinois Blog

April 13 - Join us for Comcast Cares Day― Saturday, April 25- posted by Serve Illinois Staff

Dec. 19 - Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States: 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service - posted by Serve Illinois Staff

Dec. 16 - Chicago, Illinois rank on Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing state, metro areas - originally posted at Midwest Peace Corps

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Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
5/28/2015 Serve Illinois Commission Executive Committee Meeting Conference Call

10am - 11:30am
6/4/2015 Serve Illinois Commission Meeting Springfield and Chicago

10am - 2pm

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please email us.
6/9/2015 AmeriCorps Program Director Call 1:00 pm

Featured Volunteers

Judie Louden

Judie LoudenA native of Belleville, Illinois, Judie has been married to her husband Wayne for 52 years. She is the proud mother of two sons and has been blessed with 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In her former life before RSVP Judie was a licensed Cosmetologist, she worked for H& R Block for 21 years and then at J.C. Penney’s for 22 years. She has traveled to 24 countries and most of these 50 United States. As an RSVP Volunteer, Judie enjoys serving the mature adult and most senior population of the community. She is loving known as a “Grandma’s” girl because of her commitment to those she serves. Some of her volunteer assignments include activities and Meal programs for Older Adults, Linus Blankets Transportation, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Senior Transportation aide and Belleville School Dist. 118 Mentor.

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