News Release - July 13, 2014 


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Governor Quinn Announces Additional $4 Million Federal Grant for AmeriCorps Programs

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded an additional $4 million to Illinois to enable more than 1,700 volunteers in 26 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. This award is in addition to the $4.4 million grant Illinois received earlier this year for seven programs that were funded competitively at the national level by CNCS. The grants will help fund such services as tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, and building connections between immigrants and their non-immigrant neighbors. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to promote volunteer service in Illinois.

“Our communities thrive when people take charge of helping their neighbors, making their home towns safe, welcoming and vibrant,” Governor Quinn said. “For the past 20 years, more than 30,000 Illinoisans have done just that through AmeriCorps programs that ‘get things done’ for their communities.”

These grants will support AmeriCorps programs in Champaign, Chicago, Dixon, East St. Louis, Evanston, Ina, Lake Forest, Macomb, Marion, Moline, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield. CNCS is the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, and its goal with the grant is to develop and expand volunteer organizations across the country. The Governor’s Serve Illinois Commission, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health, administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

“Just like our military men and women, AmeriCorps volunteers in Illinois are on the front lines of service,” Executive Director of Serve Illinois Brandon Bodor said. “These nearly 2,000 members are a catalyst to recruit thousands more volunteers across the Land of Lincoln.”

AmeriCorps programs receiving CNCS support from the $4 million grant include:

  • University of Illinois Extension (AJMPU)
  • Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Asian Human Services
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Illinois Justice Corps
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Northwestern Illinois University Settlement, Project YES
  • Up2Us
  • Sauk Valley Community College, ABC AmeriCorps
East St. Louis
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, AmeriCorps East St. Louis
  • Youth Organization Umbrella
  • Rend Lake College, Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps
Lake Forest
  • Schuler Family Foundation
  • Western Illinois University, Peace Corps Fellows Program
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Prisoner and Family Ministries
  • Western Illinois University/WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project
  • Children's Home Association of Illinois, Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps
  • YMCA of Rock River Valley
  • Illinois Public Health Association
  • Springfield Urban League, AmeriCorps/ Youth Corps

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member, bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. The Commission supports local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities. For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of more than 100,000 volunteer opportunities in the state, visit

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