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Kick Your Holidays Off with Giving Tuesday!
Mark November 27th on your calendar for a day to donate to your favorite cause

Giving Tuesday LogoYou stand in line on Black Friday and surf on Cyber Monday, so why not do something good for others on Tuesday?

This year, Serve Illinois is proud to partner once again with ForeFront and the #ILGive campaign to help Illinoisans give back to their favorite charities. Last year, donors gave $13.4 million to over 600 organizations in just one day, and we want to do even better this year!

Giving Tuesday begins at 12:00am on November 27th and will conclude at 11:59pm. Don't miss your chance to give back!

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

Hometown LogoServe Illinois presented 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 received a plaque and a road sign honoring these achievements. LaSalle County was named the Governor's Cup Winner at the event.

 Volunteer of the Week

Kelsey Woodcock

Kelsey WoodcockKelsey Woodcock is a second year AmeriCorps member with Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps is a partnership conducted through four Illinois College Campuses: Rend Lake College, Ina; John A. Logan College, Carterville; Kaskaskia College, Centralia; and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Kelsey is currently serving in the Shawnee National Forest. Last week she helped lead a group from Chicago Green Corps in the Garden of the Gods. The group worked to remove Autumn Olive (an invasive species) on trails to allow hikers to enjoy this trail in beautiful Southern Illinois for many years to come. Kelsey also serves in local elementary schools conducting educational programs on environmental conservation.

Kelsey served in AmeriCorps last year with Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. During her AmeriCorps service she has discovered her passion for environmental stewardship. She is continually working to educate the community about the importance of preserving the natural areas of Southern Illinois and she works to restore and maintain these areas as well.

For more information visit Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

 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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