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14 Illinois Communities Recei​ve Governor's Hometown Award
Awards presented on November 8

Hometown LogoThe Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) presented 14 localities with honors for the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Awards program during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on November 8. The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact.

The Commission deemed four of the 14 projects as cup finalists, which are the best projects in each of the four population divisions of the program. These four localities include:

  • East St. Louis - “Join Hands Advocacy Project”
  • Kewanee - “Step Ladder Tutoring Program”
  • Macon County - “WSOY Community Food Drive”
  • Waterloo - “Monroe County House of Neighborly Service

Macon County was named the Governor's Cup winner at the ceremony. ​​

View list of all 14 project winners and finalists here. All projects honored will receive a plaque and a road sign honoring these achievements.

Nomination forms for both the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which honors i​ndividual volunteers, and the Governor’s Hometown Awards for calendar year 2017 efforts are available now!

This Veterans Day Join Us in Serving Those Who Served!

STWS Logo​​Serve Illinois is partnering with the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs to make the week of Veterans Day a day of service to all our Illinois heroes!

If you love your freedom, here is a way to say THANK YOU to our Illinois Heroes who took the Oath to protect us and our Country! Serving Those Who Served is a one week program where you, your co-workers, family, church, civic club, scout troop can help your local veterans and or veteran organizations.

Paint a wall, assist with an event, visit our heroes in our Veterans home, the opportunities are endless!


 Volunteer of the Week

Christian Cook

Christian CookChristian Cook is currently serving her second term here with AmeriCorps East St. Lou​​is with Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House. She volunteers at Unity Lutheran School where she tutors several grade levels throughout the day. Her help supports the staff and students, and she is a welcome addition to the school. After school, she serves at a Teen Reach site, where she tutors and helps teens with important life skills. Chrissy is our volunteer of the week because she doesn’t mind going the extra mile to serve.

To learn how you can join AmeriCorps, visit AmeriCorps.gov


 Upcoming Events

11/20/2017​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
11/28/2017​ Giving Tuesday
12/1/2017​ AmeriCorps Applications Due to Serve Illinois 5pm

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