News Release - September 10, 2011 

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Serve Illinois Commission Announces Nearly $13,000 in Grants for 9/11 Service and Remembrance Projects
Projects will support communities while honoring 9/11 victims and survivors

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today presented 18 Illinois AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs with $12,707.18 in mini-grants to support 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance projects throughout the state.

"As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy approaches, we must come together as Illinoisans and Americans to show our respect for the victims, survivors, and the many that rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy, including first responders, volunteers, public safety officers and members of our military," said Secretary Saddler. "The recipients of these grants work in their communities’ everyday to make Illinois a better place to live, and these 9/11 Service and Remembrance projects will only add to the positive impact of national service."

The funding for the Day of Service and Remembrance projects comes from two federal grants awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service; the Program Development and Training (PDAT) and Disability Inclusion grants.

Over 2,600 people serve in Illinois AmeriCorps programs each year. Since 1994, more than 26,000 Illinois residents have served more than 30 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $73,700,000. Education Awards are presented to the AmeriCorps members after their term of service and can be used towards student loans or future college courses.

Likewise, over 19,000 seniors in Illinois contribute their time and talents in one of three Senior Corps programs. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 4,300 young people who have special needs. Senior Companions help more than 830 homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, protect the environment, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through more than 2,400 groups across Illinois.

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 35-member, bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by IDHS. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs, including the Illinois AmeriCorps program.

Projects Receiving PDAT 9/11 Mini-Grants:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, AmeriCorps VISTA Project - Carpentersville; $500
  • Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Fostering Transitions - Peoria; $983.75
  • Columbia College Chicago, Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Students in Service, Illinois Campus Compact – Chicago; $1,000
  • Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and the Wisconsin Stateline Area, Inc., AmeriCorps VISTA Project - Rockford; $953.70
  • HandsOn Suburban Chicago, AmeriCorps VISTA Project - Des Plaines; $500
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Neighbor to Neighbor – Chicago; $1,000
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, AmeriCorps VISTA Project - Evanston; $900
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, AmeriCorps/East St. Louis - East St. Louis; $840
  • Notre Dame Mission , Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps Chicago – Chicago; $530
  • Sauk Valley Community College, ABC AmeriCorps - Dixon; $1,000
  • Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville AmeriCorps – Belleville; $900
  • Urbana/Champaign-Independent Media Center , UC-IMC/AmeriCorps - Urbana; $567.75
  • Western Illinois University, IL Institute for Rural Affairs/MAPPING - Beardstown; $319

Projects Receiving Disability Inclusion 9/11 Mini-Grants:

  • Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Fostering Transitions - Peoria; $500
  • Dove, Inc., RSVP - Decatur; $250
  • Southwestern Illinois College RSVP - Belleville; $500
  • Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, Western Illinois Museum - Macomb; $462.98
  • Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) - North Chicago (2 projects); $500 each

To find a volunteer opportunity, or to learn more about the Serve Illinois Commission and volunteerism in Illinois, visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov. To learn more about the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, visit www.911dayofservice.org. The Commission can be contacted at (800) 592-9896 or dhs.serveillinois@illinois.gov.

 
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