News Release - October 7, 2013 


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Governor Quinn and Serve Illinois Commission Announce $7.5 Million Federal Grant for AmeriCorps Programs
Begins yearlong 20th anniversary celebration of AmeriCorps

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn and his Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $7.5 million to enable 900 volunteers in 29 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. The announcement comes at the beginning of a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration for the program.

“Twenty years ago today, President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act,” said Brandon Bodor, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “Since then more than 30,000 Illinoisans have taken up the charge to ‘get things done’ for their communities. Service is in our fabric as a State, and this AmeriCorps grant will help grow our commitment to selflessness and service in Illinois.”

This federal grant will go towards services in Illinois including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, and building connections between immigrants and their non-immigrant neighbors. CNCS is the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, and its goal with the grant is to develop and expand volunteer organizations across the country. The Serve Illinois Commission, a part of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Office of the Governor, administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

“Our AmeriCorps volunteers in Illinois are on the front lines of service, and they have been for the past two decades,” Bodor added. “These volunteers are the bedrock of our volunteer infrastructure in the state. Illinois AmeriCorps members have served more than 37 million hours; which has impacted the state to the tune of $858 million in impact.”

AmeriCorps programs receiving funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service:

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership – Chicago
  • American Red Cross, Safe Families – Chicago
  • Asian Human Services – Chicago
  • Chicago Bar Foundation, Illinois Justice Corps – Chicago
  • Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps – Peoria
  • City Year – Chicago
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository – Chicago
  • Illinois Public Health Association – Springfield
  • Jumpstart Illinois – Chicago
  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, AmeriCorps/East St. Louis – East St. Louis
  • Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, Project VOCAL – Chicago
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Prisoner & Family Ministries – Marion
  • Northwestern University Settlement Association, Project YES! – Chicago
  • PCC Community Wellness Center – Oak Park
  • Public Allies, Inc. – Chicago
  • Public Health Institute of Metro Chicago, Healthy Communities Corps – Chicago
  • Rend Lake College, Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps – Ina
  • Sauk Valley Community College, ABC AmeriCorps – Dixon
  • Schuler Family Foundation, Schuler Scholar Program – Chicago
  • South Suburban Training & Rehab Services, Healthy and Able Program – Chicago Heights
  • Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville AmeriCorps – Belleville
  • Springfield Urban League, AmeriCorps/Youth Corps – Springfield
  • Teach For America – Chicago
  • University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Project MORE – Chicago
  • West Suburban PADS, Career Passport and Housing Program – Maywood
  • Western Illinois University, Peace Corps Fellows Program – Macomb
  • Western Illinois University – Quad Cities, Moline
  • Youth Organization Umbrella – Evanston

About Serve Illinois
The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member, bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of over 100,000 volunteer opportunities in the state, please visit

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