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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.

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. 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 or at our email.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
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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