Serve Illinois operates under several federal statues inluding:
- The Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973
- The National and Community Service Act of 1990
- The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009
To learn more about these laws and to view their complete text, please visit the Corporation for National and Community Service's Serve America Act page.
Serve Illinois also operates under the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act (P.A. 91‑798). Full text can be found at the Illinois General Assembly's Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act page.
Serve Illinois operates under the By-Laws as amended by the Commission on February 21, 2013. Commission By-Laws.
Serve Illinois is required to produce a State Service Plan every three years. The State Service Plan is an outline to help increase volunteerism and service throughout Illinois. Illinois State Service Plan for 2013-2016
On February 21, 2013, the Commission approved a three year strategic plan. Serve Illinois Strategic Plan 2013-2016.