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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.

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

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2105 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.

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
4/27-29/2015 North Central National Service Training Grand Rapids, MI
4/30/2015 We Day - Illinois Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL
5/8/2015 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference Chicago, IL

Featured Volunteers

Dominic Goggin

Dominic GogginDominic is a native of Greenville and is a junior at Greenville College pursuing a degree in pre-med studies. He has recently obtained his license as an EMT and would like to begin working as an EMT but school comes first. Dominic has the distinction of serving as the youngest and the only male volunteer at Bond County Hospice and was recently named their Volunteer of the Year. He is also a winner of the “Point Of Light” award given daily to outstanding volunteers through a program set forth by former President George H W Bush. In addition to Dominic’s work with hospice, he also delivers Meals on Wheels weekly to 12 senior citizens, aids two adults in the “Reading Link” adult literacy program, and cares for dogs in need of adoption at the Bond County Humane Society.

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