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Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

State SealGovernor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will present 23 Illinoisans and 4 businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Executive Mansion on April 28, 2014. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

“Every day in Illinois, thousands of volunteers donate their time and talents to help others and to build stronger communities,” said Governor Quinn. “We honor these individuals that have made positive change in our state and set an example for others to follow with their initiative, creativity and energy.”

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, AmeriCorps in each region. This year marks the second time that the Business Volunteer Engagement Awards will be presented in each region.

Earth Month

AmeriCorps MembersWhat began with a few teach-ins about the environment on April 22, 1970 has since grown into a month-long celebration filled with conservation activities. Thanks to our beautiful waterways, preserves and parks, environmental stewardships projects are plentiful in Illinois. Just a few of the opportunities to get involved are Great American Cleanups in Peoria and Winnebago counties and the Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-up in Cook County. A larger list can be found at illinois.gov/EarthDay/.

Take advantage of the warmer weather by volunteering with an environment focused project!

Serve Illinois Inclusion Public Service Announcement

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
4/26/2014 Comcast Cares Day
4/28/2014 Serve Illinois Commission Meeting Springfield and Chicago Meetings are open to the public. Please email us for more information.
4/28/2014 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Executive Mansion
Springfield, IL
5/3/2014 Join Hands Day

Featured Volunteers

National Bank

National Bank
Old National's banking center suffered extensive damage after the Harrisburg tornado in February of 2012, but that did not keep their team of volunteers from moving into action to help the community through service ranging from hands-on cleanup efforts to issuing permits so that contractors could quickly enter those areas hardest hit.

Old National’s Southern Illinois volunteers have a strong commitment to community service. In 2012, 112 volunteers gave over 9,400 hours of service in activities ranging from mentoring school children to providing leadership on non-profit boards in addition to disaster relief efforts. This equates to a 95% volunteer participation rate for the region which is significant when compared to national volunteer benchmarks. While it is their hope that we do not need to respond to another natural disaster, their associates are ready and willing to do so if needed.

For their service to Old National Bank’s Southern Illinois Region, Old National Bank received a Business Service Governor’s Volunteer Service Award on April 18th, 2013.

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