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The application for the Governor's Hometown Awards is available!

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The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to those that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that have strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact in calendar year 2017!

Interested groups can find the application, along with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and instructions here.

Serve Illinois Announces $35.7 Million For AmeriCorps Programs
45 programs will place more than 1,800 AmeriCorps Members in over 70 counties

AmeriCorps LogoWe are excited to announce $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps Members in 45 programs to serve Illinois communities. This is an increase of $2.5 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in seven additional programs. These awards include $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.7 million in local funding. The total investment into Illinois communities will be $35.7 million!

AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities with unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs. Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development. Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,920 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

Since 1994, more than 41,000 Illinoisans have served 59 million hours through AmeriCorps. Those hours equal more than $1.5 billion in community impact. They have also earned $140.8 million in education awards.


 Volunteer of the Week

Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority of Waukegan

Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority of WaukeganThe Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., set a goal many years ago to be a “Premier Service Organization on the North Shore.” This northern Illinois chapter, located in Waukegan, continues to accept the challenges set before them. They strive to be the most impactful through their community service throughout the world.

One of the many challenges they have faced this year was the hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. The hurricane brought devastating damages to the island, leaving many of the residents there homeless and in need of basic items. The Puerto Rican Society of Waukegan quickly reached out to the Lake County area seeking assistance for their families and friends on the island. Sigma Phi Zeta accepted the challenge and immediately started collecting items which included toiletries, batteries, flashlights, baby necessities, non-perishables and monetary donations.

The Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority continues to serve our communities through key partnerships such as; Elder Care, March of Dimes, The Chocolate Chip Association, Vista Hospital and Waukegan Township.

 Upcoming Events

7/20/2018​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
8/15/2018​ Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA) ​Metcalfe Federal Building
8/20/2018​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS

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