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 Spotlight

Join us at the Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference
June 27 - Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield, IL

CIVC LogoPlease join us for CIVC 2018! This will be 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.

The goal of the Central Illinois Volunte​​erism Conferenc​e is to provid​​e training and support to those who devote their time and energy to volunteering in their community. The day will include several keynote speakers as well as sessions including: preventing burnout, improving diversity, and strengthening volunteer recognition.






Illinois Celebrated Senior Corps Week
April 29-May 5

Senior Corps in IllinoisIllinois celebrated the committed individuals who volunteer their time and energy to help others through Senior Corps! Their stories of service display the positive impact one can create and the everlasting change one person can make for another.

Senior Corps volunteers work in countless ways to make communities stronger. Throughout Illinois, Foster Grandparents are mentoring and tutoring students, Senior Companions are helping frail elderly remain in their own homes, and RSVP programs are mobilizing volunteers to make an impact on issues such as disaster relief, the opioid crisis, independent living, and supporting veterans and military families.

In Illinois, 9,600 Senior Corps volunteers have helped over 3,600 Illinois children to read, assisted over 590 seniors stay in their homes, and supported over 1,400 organizations to better serve their communities here in Illinois, and they are contributing in ways such as veterans' assistance, disaster preparedness, and poverty reduction, and the over 2,175,000 Senior Corps hours contributed each year is valued at over $56 million!



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 Volunteer of the Week

José Abreu of Chicago

Jose AbreuSince his arrival to Chicago in 2014, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has made his presence known in a big way. The Cuba native burst on to the scene in his first season in Major League Baseball en route to winning various awards and acknowledgments – including the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger Award and the first rookie in major-league history to rank among the Top 5 in his league in each Triple Crown category. After an impressive rookie year, his success continued with various honors and both franchise and league records.

The 31-year-old star has his sights on more than on-field success. He has maintained an active presence in the community through his Abreu’s Amigos program. The program was launched in 2014 in partnership with Easterseals Academy to provide regular opportunities for students with special needs to develop social skills in a recreational setting through field trips to the ballpark. Nearly 70 students have visited the ballpark through this program. Abreu provides both his time and financial support for the program, including a $10,000 donation to kick off the program during a baseball clinic on the school’s White Sox Field. Abreu will launch the fourth year of the program on May 22, spending time with the Easterseals Good Guys Group and throwing a pizza party for the 200 students at the Academy.

For Abreu, giving back is about more than having a presence in the community. He shares a positive energy and the White Sox dedication to the Chicagoland community with the goal to give others the assistance that he received to achieve his dream to play in the MLB. Abreu has connected with the community most frequently at youth baseball clinics, sharing the skills he has learned over the years with baseball’s next generation. This includes his present leadership in the clubhouse, as he guides the Sox young team and makes his presence seen in the community and on the field.

 Upcoming Events

6/7/2018​ Serve Illinois Commission Meeting​​​
Springfield and Chicago
Meeting open to the public.
Email us for additional informaiton.​
6/20/2018​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
6/27/2018​ Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference ​Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation
Springfield

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