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Mayors DayIllinois Celebrates Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
Over 55 Mayors to Celebrate on April 7, 2015

The nation’s mayors and county executives are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7, 2015.

National Service in Illinois

  • 2,800 AmeriCorps Members serving
  • 12,000 seniors serving in Senior Corps
  • Serving in more than 2,000 locations
  • $38,680,000 in federal support

On this day, mayors and county executives will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 1,760 mayors representing more than 110 million citizens participated in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.

Year of the VolunteerYou are the difference!!!
2015 is the Year of the Volunteer

Sign your organization up for the year of the volunteer.

*Join our next conference call on March 31 at 10:30 - 11:30am
Access Code: 403-715-0212

2105 is the Year of the Volunteer in Illinois. The year's theme is "You are the difference."

The recently released 2013 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that 2.57 million Illinoisans demonstrated their commitment to improving their communities by volunteering. This ranks Illinois the top volunteering state out of the eight most populated. Volunteerism throughout Illinois will increase during the year by celebrating community service and connecting and strengthening the already extensive network of organizations involved in service.

The year is 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 via Senate Resolution 1002.

You can take part in the Year of the Volunteer by helping your local community or faith based organization, emailing us about your organization's volunteers, or tweeting about your volunteers using #ServeIL.

Serve Illinois Blog

Dec. 19 - Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States: 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service - posted by Serve Illinois Staff

Dec. 16 - Chicago, Illinois rank on Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing state, metro areas - originally posted at Midwest Peace Corps

Dec. 10 - Looking Toward the New Year (Chicago Cares)- posted by Jenné Myers

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Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
3/31/2015 Year of the Volunteer Call 10:30 - 11:30am

Access Code: 403-715-0212
3/31/2015 Cesar Chavez Day of Service & Learning
4/7/2015 Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
4/12-18/2015 National Volunteer Week

Featured Volunteers

Jeff Carns

Jeff CarnsJeff Carns was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. After graduating from Champaign Central High School, he attended the University of Illinois and studied Accountancy. For the last 25 years he’s worked as an accountant for the University of Illinois. In April of 1997 a friend asked Jeff to help out with the local soup kitchen because they were short-handed that week. He continued to volunteer each Saturday and shortly thereafter became the Saturday Crew Chief. When the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen formed, replacing the previous organization in 2009, he assumed responsibility for Sundays as well. Each week-end, in all manner of weather, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen volunteers serve their guests soup, sack lunches, coffee, drinks, etc. from their van. Jeff lives in Champaign with his wife Paula and an assortment of dogs, cats and ducks.

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