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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 us for a conversation with faith-based organizations about volunteers.
July 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:00
Illinois Central College North Campus, Arbor Hall, Room A111
5407 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614
Register for the event.

2015 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.

State SealNew AmeriCorps Project to Put East St. Louis Youth on Pathway to Academic and Career Success
Operation AmeriCorps will support 200 AmeriCorps members over two years

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, announced that East St. Louis will be one of 10 communities nationwide to become part of the agency’s new Operation AmeriCorps initiative.

Starting in August, 85 AmeriCorps members will provide academic support and in- and out-of-school summer services to children in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. AmeriCorps members will also recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and career coaches. In addition, six AmeriCorps VISTA members will implement a city-wide College and Career Pathways program, focused on improving academic achievement and college and career planning. A team of 20 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will participate in a program that will include academic, recreation, and service learning projects for three months over the summer.

The federal agency’s investment includes $1,309,988 in AmeriCorps funding over two years, contingent on appropriations and performance. In addition, AmeriCorps members completing their service are eligible to earn a total of $455,576 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to pay for higher education or pay back student loans. This federal investment of $1,765,564 is projected to generate an additional $379,544 in local cash and in-kind matching contributions, bringing the total two-year investment of federal and local funds to more than $2.1 million.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
7/14/2015 AmeriCorps Program Director Call Conference Call

1pm - 2pm
7/23/2015 Year of the Volunteer - Faith Based Meeting Illinois Central College North Campus, Arbor Hall, Room A111
5407 N. University

8:30am - 12:00 pm
8/13/2015 Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W Jackson Blvd

1pm - 2pm

Featured Volunteers

Judie Louden

Judie LoudenA native of Belleville, Illinois, Judie has been married to her husband Wayne for 52 years. She is the proud mother of two sons and has been blessed with 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In her former life before RSVP Judie was a licensed Cosmetologist, she worked for H& R Block for 21 years and then at J.C. Penney’s for 22 years. She has traveled to 24 countries and most of these 50 United States. As an RSVP Volunteer, Judie enjoys serving the mature adult and most senior population of the community. She is loving known as a “Grandma’s” girl because of her commitment to those she serves. Some of her volunteer assignments include activities and Meal programs for Older Adults, Linus Blankets Transportation, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Senior Transportation aide and Belleville School Dist. 118 Mentor.

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