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Serve Illinois Seeking AmeriCorps Applications
Request for Applicaitons Released

AmeriCorps LogoThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois), in cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is now accepting applications for the “AmeriCorps*State” grant.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations for the purpose of supporting AmeriCorps members and addressing community needs. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service members receive an education award from the National Service Trust.

All applicants must apply to IDPH via the Serve Illinois Commission through the eGrants and EGrAMS systems (see attached application instructions). An applicant must attend one of the four scheduled online bidders conferences. An application will not be considered for funding if an applicant did not attend the required bidders conference. It is at the discretion of the applicant to determine which to attend.



Coming in 2015: The Year of the Volunteer
Senate Resolution Sets Year of the Volunteer

Year of the Volunteer LogoSR 1002 sets in motion a celebration of the accomplishments of volunteers and the many ways they address the needs of communities, schools, and the workforce. A Senate Forum in June launched the effort that targets volunteering, service, civic engagement and being wise consumers of information. During August and early September, Generations Serving Generations will gather a list of those who are interested in being part of the celebration. In mid-September, the planning will begin.

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.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
10/21/2014 AmeriCorps RFA Bidders Conference Webinar 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10/22/2014 AmeriCorps RFA Bidders Conference Webinar 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
10/31/2014 AmeriCorps RFA Bidders Conference Webinar 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
11/5/2014 AmeriCorps RFA Bidders Conference Webinar 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
1/2/2015 AmeriCorps Applications Due 5:00 pm

Featured Volunteers

John Flora, Sr.

John Flora, Sr.John Flora was born in 1947 and grew up west of Tunnel Hill, Illinois and began his career with the Post Office Department in 1968. While he worked for the USPS, John was always involved in his community. He was on the City Council for 15 years, a Boy Scout Leader, and Lions Club President. John retired December 2, 2002 and immediately started concentrating on being charitable; he knew he wanted his to work and help people in their daily lives. John himself, as well as his wife and son suffered with various dental problems, so he knew he could be an ally to people like him and his family. He formed Create A Smile Dental Foundation, which is a NFP Organization. The mission is to help low income people pay for dental work. He decided to open a thrift store as a fundraising project for the foundation, but was forced to restock inventory after two devastating fires. Create A Smile reopened July 21, 2013, and the store is doing well, and is making a profit which is donated to the Foundation. John has always believed that the success of a NFP does not rest on one man alone. The true success of a foundation is the community.

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