News Release - January 30, 2013 

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Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Nominations Due Feb. 15
Award recipients will be recognized during a special luncheon at the Executive Mansion in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the 4th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards until February 15. The awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois.

Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 years and under), one adult (19-54 years old) and one retiree/senior (55 years and older) in each of the Commission's five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern). National Service Awards will be presented to one AmeriCorps and one Senior Corps member in each of the five regions. One award will be provided to a business in each of the five service regions. Within each category, applications will be given special priority based on the areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental conservation, disaster preparedness/response, health, and veterans affairs.

Please visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov for the nomination forms and more information. Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by February 15, 2013. Award recipients will be selected and notified by March 30, 2013. The Serve Illinois Commission will host a luncheon to honor recipients on April 18, 2013 at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member, bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs, including the Illinois AmeriCorps program.

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