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Merrie Dee and Teresa Haley at Award CeremonyNominate Your Volunteers for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards!

Do you know someone who has made difference in your community? Do you know someone who gives their time to a good cause? Do you know someone who started an organization or program to help someone? Do you know a business that is giving back to their community? Nominate them for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

Individual Awards will be presented to one Youth (18 and under), one Adult (19-54 years old) and one Retiree/Senior (55+ years old) in each of the Commission's five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois).

National Service Awards will be presented to one AmeriCorps and one Senior Corps Member in each of the five regions (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois).

Business Volunteer Engagement Awards will be presented to one business in each of the five regions (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois).

Nominations are due by January 30, 2015. Winners will receive their awards at the Governor's Mansion on April 20th, 2015.



Serve Illinois Blog

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

Dec. 10 - Looking Toward the New Year (Chicago Cares)- posted by Jenné Myers

»» Read more blog stories



Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
1/30/2015 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Due 5:00 pm
2/19/2015 Serve Illinois Commission Meeting 422 S 5th St
Springfield
and
160 N. LaSalle St
Chicago

10am - 2pm
Meetings are open to the public. Please email us for more information.

Featured Volunteers

Nicole Doornink

Nicole DoorninkNicole Doornink has been a life-long volunteer. In middle school, she accumulated Young Authors and Do the Right Thing Awards. At the conclusion of her middle school career she was awarded with a Presidential Community Service award to recognize her 250 hours of service that year, in addition to both the American Legion Citizenship Award and the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship/Historian Award. Entering High School, she continued her service by conducting a bake sale which raised $1,500 for the Feed My Starving Children Organization. She also participated heavily in Edwardsville Peer Influence Club and became a Council member her sophomore year. On behalf of this group, she was asked to conduct a campaign that raised 5,000 pairs of shoes for The Shoeman Water Project while teaching elementary through high school students about the importance of making healthy decisions. During her sophomore year, her school Orchestra teacher also asked that she conduct the Spring Concert as a fundraiser for her organization of choice. Thus, Cans for Hope Concert was created which collected thousands of canned goods as well as $2,500 for Soup for the Soul Kitchen in Cottage Hills, IL. She has kept in touch with this organization as their Student Fundraising Chair and a regular soup kitchen volunteer. In addition, throughout high school she has been serving as the student representative on the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. At the end of last year she took on a project to create Edwardsville District 7’s First Annual Red Ribbon Run 5k, 1 Mile Fun Run, and Health Fair as a fundraiser for this group. It was a very successful event with over 150 registered runners, free food, and fun for all ages. This May, she will graduate and spend her summer planning the Second Annual Red Ribbon Run.

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