Each year, the nation celebrates the service that thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. It is a time to salute the AmeriCorps Members and Alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.
AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. From neighborhood cleanups and building homes to tutoring children and signing up new volunteers, Illinois’ 3,700 AmeriCorps members are celebrating by doing what they do best - direct service. Since 1994, more than 35,000 Illinoisans have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America.” Those members have given back more than 48 million hours to their communities, which equates to over $1.1 billion in impact. AmeriCorps members are eligible for a modest education award to pay a portion of their student loans or college courses they plan to take. Over the past 18 years, Illinoisans have earned more than $111 million in education awards.
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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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Jeff 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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