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Governor's Hometown Awards Announced
23 Communities Honored for Service Work

Hometown LogoServe Illinois will present 23 localities with honors for the 2018 Governor’s Hometown Awards program during a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion on November 20, 2018. 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.

Presented since 1983, the Governor’s Hometown Award​s 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.

All projects honored will receive a plaque and a road sign honoring these achievements. One finalist will be selected as the Governor's Cup Winner at the event.

Veterans Days of Service
Join us in Serving Those Who Served

Serving Those Who Served LogoThe Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Serve Illinois are partnering to give back to our veterans this November!

Serving Those Who Served is a week of service created to thank service men and women, our veterans, and their families. This November, people all over the state of Illinois will spend the 11/05 – 11/12 engaged in volunteer service projects focused on benefiting our heroes!

You, your family, your friends, your church, civic club, scout troop – you name it! – could be an immense help to a group of men and women who would never ask for help! Whether it's painting, landscaping, assisting with an event, writing thank you letters to the troops, or visiting our heroes in our Veterans' Homes – WE WANT YOUR HELP!

 Volunteer of the Week

Paulette Herring

Paulette HerringPaulette Herring is a part-time AmeriCorps member with Chicago HOPES for Kids. She began her service year in January 2018. Paulette is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran. She volunteers at the Jesse Brown Veterans’ Administration Hospital in addition to her hours with Chicago HOPES for Kids. Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in homeless shelters throughout Chicago.

Paulette is currently helping HOPES develop resources and partnerships with other organizations in the Chicago community. She brings housing and career resources to the parents in the shelters where HOPES has its After-School and Literacy Mentor programs. Paulette originally provided academic support to the children in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood at the Single Room Housing Assistance Corporation shelter. She now is serving at the Ridgeland Transitional shelter in the South Shore neighborhood where she helps support children whose families have suffered from domestic violence. In addition, Paulette participates in other HOPES activities such as field trips and Family Game Nights, and often helps out at Frieda’s Soup Kitchen at the Su Casa shelter in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

 Upcoming Events

Governor's Hometown Awards
Governor's Mansion

1pm - 3pm
11/20/2018 AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
11/27/2018 Giving Tuesday

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