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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.

Nominate a Volunteer for Illinois' Volunteer of the Week

Volunteers Each week we feature a new person or group as Illinois' Volunteer of the Week. Since we began, the hard work of hundreds of Illinoisans has been hightlighted, and we are just getting started!

Do you know a volunteer that is doing amazing things in your community that you would like to get the attention they deserve? Nominate them!


 Volunteer of the Week

Matthew Williams of Schaumburg

Matthew WilliamsMatthew Williams of Schaumburg High School has been nominated due to his extraordinary volunteer efforts in his community.

Matthew has been responsible for expanding and maintaining the parent resource library at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley since June 2016. Easterseals is a nonprofit organization that helps infants, children, and adults with disabilities achieve their maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.

Matthew has assisted in stretching limited resources to ensure parents have the information they need to help their children with disabilities gain independence. Matthew, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, has supported the library through efforts from cataloging to calling in overdue materials.

Matthew was an Ambassador for the 35th Annual Easter Seals Luncheon and Fashion Show. Hundreds of people attend the event each year to cheer children down the runway. Due to a nomination from Matthew, Schaumburg High School Band donated 100% of their proceeds from concerts earlier this year to Easterseals DuPage and Fox Valley. The money raised from these events is donated to help children in surrounding areas receive services provided by Easterseals.

On March 16, 2018 Matthew received recognition as a Distinguished Finalist of the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards during an awards ceremony at Schaumburg High School.

Congratulations Matthew and keep up the great work!

 Upcoming Events

9/11/2018​ 9/11 Day of Service

9/20/2018​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
10/16/2018​ Serve Illinois Commission Meeting Springfield and Chicago
Meetings open to the public. Email us for additional informaiton.​

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