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.
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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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Nicole Doornink has been a life-long volunteer. In middle school, she accumulated Young Authors and Do the Right Thing Awards. At the conclusion of her middle school career she was awarded with a Presidential Community Service award to recognize her 250 hours of service that year, in addition to both the American Legion Citizenship Award and the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship/Historian Award. Entering High School, she continued her service by conducting a bake sale which raised $1,500 for the Feed My Starving Children Organization. She also participated heavily in Edwardsville Peer Influence Club and became a Council member her sophomore year. On behalf of this group, she was asked to conduct a campaign that raised 5,000 pairs of shoes for The Shoeman Water Project while teaching elementary through high school students about the importance of making healthy decisions. During her sophomore year, her school Orchestra teacher also asked that she conduct the Spring Concert as a fundraiser for her organization of choice. Thus, Cans for Hope Concert was created which collected thousands of canned goods as well as $2,500 for Soup for the Soul Kitchen in Cottage Hills, IL. She has kept in touch with this organization as their Student Fundraising Chair and a regular soup kitchen volunteer. In addition, throughout high school she has been serving as the student representative on the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. At the end of last year she took on a project to create Edwardsville District 7’s First Annual Red Ribbon Run 5k, 1 Mile Fun Run, and Health Fair as a fundraiser for this group. It was a very successful event with over 150 registered runners, free food, and fun for all ages. This May, she will graduate and spend her summer planning the Second Annual Red Ribbon Run.
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