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Nominate Your Volunteers for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards!

Illinois State SealDo 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 Seeking AmeriCorps Applications
Request for Applications 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
11/20/2014 AmeriCorps PERs Due in EGrAMS 5:00 pm
1/2/2015 AmeriCorps Applications Due 5:00 pm
1/30/2015 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Due 5:00 pm

Featured Volunteers

Geanette Wilson

Geanette WilsonGeanette is a 77 year old widow, after being married 54 years, having 14 biological children, and partially rearing 9 additional children. She worked in the medical field 45 years, where she was an LPN, and retired in 1997. Geanette started an after school math tutoring program, with 20 students, called “Tutor Time Math” in 2001 and received a Service Mark from State Secretary Jesse White. She then she founded IMPACK in 2005 and serves as a full time volunteer director. IMPACK serves over 200 children plus adults as a nonprofit agency. Geanette has received the City of Sparta Good Standing Award three times, the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Service Award, and has been inducted into the Rotary Club as an Honorary Rotarian.

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