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Serve Illinois Announces $35.7 Million For AmeriCorps Programs
45 programs will place more than 1,800 AmeriCorps Members in over 70 counties

AmeriCorps LogoWe are excited to announce $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps Members in 45 programs to serve Illinois communities. This is an increase of $2.5 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in seven additional programs. These awards include $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.7 million in local funding. The total investment into Illinois communities will be $35.7 million!

AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities with unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs. Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development. Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,920 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

Since 1994, more than 41,000 Illinoisans have served 59 million hours through AmeriCorps. Those hours equal more than $1.5 billion in community impact. They have also earned $140.8 million in education awards.


The application for the Governor's Hometown Awards is available!

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The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to those that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that have strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact in calendar year 2017!

Interested groups can find the application, along with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and instructions here.

 Volunteer of the Week

Jason Powell

Jason PowellJason Powell grew up in West Frankfort and recently moved to Marion. He is the Branch Manager for both Legence Banks in Marion. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is certified as a property management specialist and a personal trainer. He also attended University of Illinois Fire Institute to become certified fire brigade member for underground coal mines. He spent 8 years working for Peabody Energy as a coalminer.

Jason, is a member of many organizations allowing him to be involved in the community. He is a member of Cornerstone Church. He has done mission work in Haiti with Farming Gods Way. There he worked on a team that installed clean water access to villages in need. He is the newly elected president of the Williamson County Heartland Rotary, which raises money to purchase iPads for students with autism every year. Jason is also member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and sits on many committees including the marketing committee, the golf scramble committee, the new membership committee, the scholarship committee, and the annual dinner/awards committee. He is also a member of Ready Nation, which helps build a skilled workforce by promoting children’s learning and development.

Over the winter Jason held a coat drive to help Caritas Family Solutions supply coats to foster children and families in need. They were able to give over 450 coats to families in need. Jason recently volunteered for the Girl’s World Expo as a guest emcee and coordinator. The event gave a place for the girls of southern Illinois to learn empowerment and interact with different role models. The girls were able to address the concerns they face in today’s world.

Jason currently is working on something close to his heart. His nephew Timothy Powell Jr, eight years old, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma in December 2017. DIPG is a rare inoperable brain tumor. With only four percent of cancer funding going to childhood cancers, he has vowed to bring awareness to this and other childhood cancers. He is working on numerous fundraisers to help bring light to his nephew’s battle.

Jason enjoys volunteer coaching for little league baseball and football. He stays very active in his niece’s and nephew’s lives.

 Upcoming Events

7/17-19/2018​ AmeriCorps Program Director Training ​Springfield
7/20/2018​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
8/15/2018​ Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA) ​Metcalfe Federal Building

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