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AmeriCorps Week - March 10-16, 2019

AmeriCorps Illinois LogoEach year, the nation celebrates the service that thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. It is a time to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.

Since 1994, 41,000 AmeriCorps Members have served Illinois communities. They have served 59 million hours which is worth $1.4 billion in impact to Illinois. While serving, they have earned $140 million to help pay for college.

Join us in celebrating the amazing service that AmeriCorps Members give to Illinios each day!

Join us in Rockford for the Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference! - April 10, 2019

On April 10, Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE)and Rockford Exchange on Volunteerism participants, with support from Serve Illinois and Imperial Punch of Rockford, will host a full-day conference at Northern Illinois University – Rockford campus.

The Rethinking Volunteerism: Northwest Illinois Volunteerism Conference will feature keynote speaker Steve Thomas and a variety of topical breakout sessions that will help you, your organization, and your volunteers Rethink Volunteerism!

 Volunteer of the Week

Julie Vryhof

Julie VryhofJulie Vryhof serves as an AmeriCorps Academic Tutor & Mentor for Beyond Sports Foundation. Beyond Sports Foundation prepares student-athletes to succeed in life. They work with student-athletes from under-resourced families in under-served communities that will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many of the student-athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses.

While Julie is new to the program this year, she has already made a big impact on the lives of the student-athletes through her dedication and intentionality. One of the student-athletes, Kayla, shared that Julie encouraged her step up and assist with developing a social justice curriculum for the program. Julie had expressed to Kayla that she would not only be great help, but the experience would help her grow as a person.

In a recent speech competition, Kayla referred to Julie as not just a tutor, but a teammate. She described Julie as, “someone who will cheer you on, believe in you, and have those conversations when you’re not performing to your full potential.” Julie’s AmeriCorps Program Supervisor and AmeriCorps Alum, Carrie Madden, agrees that she embodies these traits in every aspect of her service.

Julie works with student-athletes on strengthening weaknesses, while reminding them how strong they really are. She makes a point to celebrate everyone’s strengths and victories.

 Upcoming Events

AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Expense Reports Due

National Service Recognition Day

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