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Nominate Illinois Volunteers for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Jonathan LongThink of that person that never stops helping. They are the one that alwasy raises their hand ​to volunteer first, and they are the one who has made Illinois a better place to live and work. We want to recognize them for their service to all of us!

Serve Illinois is now accepting applications for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. The awards recognize individual volunteers and businesses each year to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. We are looking for youth, adult, senior, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and businesses nominations. Every nominee will receive a letter and a certificate. Winners will receive their awards in April in Springfield.

Nominations are due February 23rd at noon. Don't miss your chance to thank a person who makes a difference every day!





Join Us in Chicago for the 2018 North Central National Service Training Conference!

 

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Serve Illinois is proud to be the host of this year's North ​Central National Service Training Conf​erence. In partnership with America's Service Commissio​ns and Service Year, we will bring together national service partners from 14 states to offer training, strategic collaboration, and inspiration.

 

Registration is now open until February 26 or capacity​ is reached. Join us at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago on March 19-21!





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 Volunteer of the Week

Walter Jones

Walter JonesWalter founded the West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders in 2011. Their mission is to work together to build a stronger, safer, and more productive community. Their goal is to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, federal, state, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and reduce senseless violence in the West Garfield Park community.

As the founder Walter has created opportunities via programs, activities and events to help direct youth towards positive alternatives to violence as well as teaching them how to become productive citizens through positive civic engagement. West Garfield Park Community Stak​eholders seek to create opportunities via programs, activities and events to help direct youth towards positive alternatives to violence as well as teaching them how to become productive citizens through positive civic engagement.

Some of the programs Walter oversees are town hall meetings, prayer vigils, community rallies, an intergenerational mentoring initiative, and Parent Cafes which help bring parents together and empower them. He has even created two weekly TV programs on a public access channel which tackles various topics each quarter. One show is led by West Garfield Park Youth Counsel by youth ages 13-24. The program gives youth a chance to bring to light topics that are important to them. The other weekly TV program features adults in the community and is called Fathers Who Care.

Walter says “Our Vision as stakeholders is to engage a partnership of residents, parents, youth, educational institutions, organizations and public servants with a common goal to reduce violence within the West Garfield Park community.” As issues arise they rally people in the community to face the issues head on. It is a holistic approach to empowering the community.

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 Upcoming Events

2/22/2018​ Serve Illinois Commission Meeting​​ Chicago and Springfield
Meetings open to the public. Email us for additional informaiton.
3/11-17/2017​ AmeriCorps Week
3/19-21/2017​ National Service Regional Training The Drake
Chicago

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