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Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
Event in Springfield on June 5

CIVC LogoThe Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference provides quality professional development opportunities for volunteer managers/administrators that focus on the key areas of a volunteer delivery system including personal readiness, organizational readiness, engagement of volunteers, education of volunteers, and sustainability of volunteer efforts.

Please join us for for a day of learning, sharing ideas, and networking with volunteer managers from dozens of organizations.You won't want to miss this chance to become energized with new ideas to help strengthen your volunteer program.





Nominate Your Community for the Governor's Hometown Awards
Nominations Due July 25

Hometown AwardsServe Illinois is seeking applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards. This program gives recognition to special projects that utilized volunteers in a community. These projects are sponsored by local units of government that had strong volunteer support, meet a need, and made a definitive impact, thereby generating a positive outcome in the community and by extension, the state. Applications are due July 25, 2019.

Since 1983, 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.




 Volunteer of the Week

Cassandra Hampton

Cassandra HamptonCassandra (Cassie) Hampton has been nominated due to her selfless nature and willingness to meet the needs of others. Cassie volunteers as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region. She generously and thanklessly mentors her Little Sister, impacting a young life and possibly changing a family for generations to come.

Cassie is an amputee and has faced difficulties throughout her life. She has survived challenges thanks to her relentless inner strength, faith, and loving grandmother at her side. Cassie’s Little Sister is also an amputee, making Big Brothers Big Sisters nothing short of a perfect match. Cassie helps her Little Sister break the barriers she faces daily to realize her true potential.

Cassie has been an active Safety Assistant at her workplace for approximately 2 years. She has received and completed invaluable training on First Aid/CPR/AED and Stop the Bleed Training as a Safety Team member. She is a kindhearted, brave, and confident individual. In an emergency, whether it is a fire, tornado or other event, she helps all staff members in their building evacuate and get to safety or take cover quickly when the situation calls for it. Cassie puts her coworkers’ safety before her own by offering additional evacuation assistance to staff with mobility challenges. Her fellow employees all know that Cassie will put her training to use and do all that she can in an emergency.

Cassie’s motto is simple: “I will help. I will do more than is expected of me to help others. I am important and so is everyone around me.” She truly is a born leader and selfless volunteer. For more information about volunteer opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region, please visit: https://bbbsspringfieldil.org/

 Upcoming Events

5/16/2019
Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference
Belleville
5/20/2019
AmeriCorps Expense Reports Due

6/5/2019
Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
Springfield

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