Governor's Hometown Awards

​​​​​​HomeTown Awards LogoPresented continuously from 1983 to 2014 and then 2017 to present, the Governor’s Hometown Award​s (GHTA) program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects are sponsored by local units of government t​​hat had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact, thereby generating a positive outcome in the community and by extension, the state. The program is administered by the Serve Illinois ​Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

Serve Illinois, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is excited to be able to tie GHTA to its mission to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State. In order to nominate your community, please complete the application below. 

Applications​ will be released in 2019​​​

2017 WinnersHometown Award ​​​Winners

2018 (Click Here for Descriptions of Each Project)

 ​    Governor's Cup Winner:
  • ​To Be Announced November 15th
 ​    F​inalists:
  • Aviston - “Vintage Hall Renovation”
  • LaSalle County - “Vietnam Moving Wall”
  • Lemont - “Haunted Central”
  • Oak Lawn - “Oak Lawn Community Garden”
      ​Project Winners:​
  • Auroa - “Lighting Up Our Neighborhoods”
  • Cicero - “Keep Cicero Clean Day”
  • East St. Louis Township - “East St. Louis Community Tennis Association-40 Days of NonViolence Initiative”
  • Edwarsville - “Growing with the Garden”
  • Edwardsville Township - “Kelan's Wheelchair Accessible Swing”
  • Hanover Park - “Greenbrook Tanglewood Neighborhood Revitalization”
  • Limestone Township - “Moms Who Care: Limestone Community High School”
  • Madison County - “Beautification of Triad Middle School Student Courtyard”
  • Morrison - “Loft 112”
  • Mundelein - “Veterans Appreciation Dinner”
  • Oak Brook - “9/11 Memorial Healing Field”
  • Royalton - “Royalton Community Garden”
  • Urbana - “Friendship Grove Nature Playscape”
  • Waterloo - “Share the Feast”
​       ​Project Honorable Mentions:​
  • Beckemeyer - “Train Depot Restoration”
  • Harrisburg - “Free Summer Lunch Program”​
  • Marion - “Girl Scout Silver Award Carnival for Lighthouse Shelter”
  • O’Fallon - “Nomenclature for Nature”​
  • Stockton - “Fall Into Stockton Event”

2017 (Click Here for Descriptions of Each Project)

 ​    Governor's Cup Winner:
  • ​Macon County - “WSOY Community Food Drive”
 ​    F​inalists:
  • Ea​st St. Louis - “Join Hands Advo​cacy Project”
  • Kewanee - “Step Ladder Tutoring Program”
  • Macon County - “WSOY Community Food Drive”
  • Waterloo - “Monroe County House of Neighborly Service”
      ​Project Winners:​
  • Charleston - “Lake Charleston Trail System”
  • Collinsville - “Hometown Heroes”
  • Fairfield - “FNB Field”
  • Fulton County - “Canton Gas Explosion”
  • Galesburg - “Galesburg Heart & Soul”
  • Godfrey - “Beverly Farm Foundation”
  • Lanark - “Workation 2016”
  • LaSalle County - “LaSalle County Naloxone Program”​
  • Rock Island - “Kids engaged in Natural Growth (KING)”
  • Round Lake Beach (Project Runner Up); “Mobile Eye-VIPS”
​The following are previous​ Governor's Cup Winners:
  • ​2014 - Township of Edwardsville; Boundless Playground
  • 2013 - Mount Vernon; Lifeboat Alliance
  • 2012 - East St. Louis; F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden
  • 2011 - Mascoutah; Little Indians Youth Football Program
  • 2010 - Camp Point, Clayton, Golden & Coatsburg; School Fair
  • 2009 - Whiteside County; Sauk Valley Food Bank
  • 2008 - Mundelein; After School Coalition
  • 2007 - McLeansboro; Kid's Kingdom
  • 2006 - Champaign County; Women In Transition
  • 2005 - Adams County; Camp Callahan
  • 2004 - Kankakee County; Garden of Prayer Youth Center
  • 2003 - Country Club Hills; Emergency Services & Disaster Agency
  • 2002 - Champaign County; Crisis Nursery
  • 2001 - Effingham County; Ballard Nature Center
  • 2000 - Newton; Newton Public Library and Museum
  • 1999 - Whiteside County; Agape Care Center
  • 1998 - Ullin; River-to-River Residential Facilities
  • 1997 - Fairbury; Downtown Revitalization
  • 1996 - Woodford County; Heart House
  • 1995 - Tamms; Economic Development Attraction Activities
  • 1994 - Hinsdale; Wellness House
  • 1993 - Hoffman Estates; Children's Advocacy Center
  • 1992 - Joliet; Drug Free Youth In Touch
  • 1991 - Quincy; Good News
  • 1990 - Peoria; Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center
  • 1989 - Mason City; Nursing Home
  • 1988 - Brown County; Economic Development Attraction Activities
  • 1987 - Evanston; Council of Elders
  • 1986 - Royal; Community Building
  • 1985 - Decatur; Decatur Advantage
  • 1984 - Barry; Community Swimming Pool
  • 1983 - Wilsonville; Environmental Cleanup Advocacy​​
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