"Life's most persistent and urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?" – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, thousands of Illinoisans make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday "a day on, not a day off." Illinois was the first state in the union to honor Dr. King with a holiday, and we proudly continue that tradition of honoring a man who made our world a better place.
This year Serve Illinois asks you to join your neighbors in giving back. For more information on the day of service, and to find volunteer opportunities, please visit MLKDay.gov.
The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presents the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois.
The following awards categories are offered:
- Adult (19-54 years old)
- AmeriCorps Member (member of an Illinois AmeriCorps national service program)
- Business (a for-profit company)
- Senior (55 years old plus)
- Senior Corps Members (55 years old plus that are members of the national service programs Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Senior Companion Program (SCP))
- Youth (18 years old or younger)
Each of the project categories will have a winner selected in each of the Commission’s five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois). Thus, there are a total of 30 awards possible throughout the state!
A panel of judges from across the state, comprised of Governor-appointed Commissioners, will select the award recipients.