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

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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 SealNew AmeriCorps Project to Put East St. Louis Youth on Pathway to Academic and Career Success
Operation AmeriCorps will support 200 AmeriCorps members over two years

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, announced that East St. Louis will be one of 10 communities nationwide to become part of the agency’s new Operation AmeriCorps initiative.

Starting in August, 85 AmeriCorps members will provide academic support and in- and out-of-school summer services to children in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. AmeriCorps members will also recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and career coaches. In addition, six AmeriCorps VISTA members will implement a city-wide College and Career Pathways program, focused on improving academic achievement and college and career planning. A team of 20 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will participate in a program that will include academic, recreation, and service learning projects for three months over the summer.

The federal agency’s investment includes $1,309,988 in AmeriCorps funding over two years, contingent on appropriations and performance. In addition, AmeriCorps members completing their service are eligible to earn a total of $455,576 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to pay for higher education or pay back student loans. This federal investment of $1,765,564 is projected to generate an additional $379,544 in local cash and in-kind matching contributions, bringing the total two-year investment of federal and local funds to more than $2.1 million.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
8/11/2015 AmeriCorps Program Director Call Conference Call

1pm - 2pm
8/13/2015 Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago

1pm - 2pm
8/20/2015 AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
9/24/2015 Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
442 South De Mazenod Drive
Belleville
10/16/2015 Northwest Illinois / MVDOVIA Volunteerism Conference WIU Moline Riverfront Campus
3300 River Drive
Moline

Featured Volunteers

Savannah Jade Beck

Savannah Jade BeckSavannah is the daughter of Ed and Dana Beck and is a 17 year old junior attending Mt. Vernon Township High School in Mt. Vernon. She has two older brothers. Since she was 12 she has been helping others by volunteering at Cove Connection where she cared for children while their parents were taught important life skills. Her plan is to attend Southern Illinois University to become an ultrasound technician.

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