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14 Illinois Communities Recei​ve Governor's Hometown Award
Awards presented on November 8

Hometown LogoThe Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) presented 14 localities with honors for the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Awards program during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on November 8. 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.

The Commission deemed four of the 14 projects as cup finalists, which are the best projects in each of the four population divisions of the program. These four localities include:

  • East St. Louis - “Join Hands Advocacy Project”
  • Kewanee - “Step Ladder Tutoring Program”
  • Macon County - “WSOY Community Food Drive”
  • Waterloo - “Monroe County House of Neighborly Service

Macon County was named the Governor's Cup winner at the ceremony. ​​

View list of all 14 project winners and finalists here. All projects honored will receive a plaque and a road sign honoring these achievements.

Nomination forms for both the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which honors i​ndividual volunteers, and the Governor’s Hometown Awards for calendar year 2017 efforts are available now!





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 Volunteer of the Week

Alayna Stalter

Alayna StalterAlayna Stalter decided to work with her commuity to give back to those​ impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The revenue generated was donated to Hurricane Relief around the world. She was inspired by a friend who suffered loss in Houston this year.

In her own words:
"I started this fundraiser because a friend of mine had been through Hurricane Harvey. I started thinking of ways I could help and decided that I would do one big fundraiser. I also decided to use this as my senior project. The first thing I did was ask local businesses and community members if they would be willing to donate to this worthy cause. During collecting donations Hurricane Irma came along and that caught my attention. I then changed my project just a tad to put it towards all of the hurricane victims.

As I was collecting donations from the community, I decided I wanted to get the schools involved too. I did 50/50 raffles at a home volleyball and football game during homecoming weeks. Within that same week I sold caramel apples at those same games that were generously donated by County Market in Gibson City. The Fisher Community Unit 1 School District kindly donated the proceeds from the volleyball game gate fees. Lastly, I did a mini fundraiser inside of my large fundraiser. I put on "Your Change Makes a Difference" fundraiser, which is where you bring in any extra change or dollars you can spare. I did this with the grades K-12. Just with "Your Change Makes a Difference" I raised $1,634.38. Overall I raised $3,303.38. I would like to thank the numerous people who donated their time, money, and efforts to help me complete this project."


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