New Release - July 10, 2018

Serve Illinois Announces $35.7 Million For AmeriCorps Programs

45 programs will place more than 1,800 AmeriCorps Members in over 70 counties

SPRINGFIELD - The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $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.

“This is the largest AmeriCorps investment Illinois has seen in the history of the program,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. “Last year, AmeriCorps Illinois served nearly 400,000 Illinoisans, including more than 209,000 disadvantaged youth and nearly 40,000 veterans, active military, and military family members.”

These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services, assisting incarcerated individuals re-enter into their communities, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting veterans, and improving youth and adult literacy. Serve Illinois, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

“These AmeriCorps Members represent the best of our state and nation,” said Scott McFarland. “We believe that service is the solution, and when you see the AmeriCorps “A,” you know things are getting done.”

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.

Serve Illinois is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor and administered by IDPH. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs. Serve Illinois supports local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on the Serve Illinois and a full description of each AmeriCorps program, visit

Serve Illinois' AmeriCorps Programs

Grantee Counties Served
Academy for Urban School LeadershipCook70$56,000N/A
American Red Cross - ChicagoAdams, Cook, Kankakee, McLean, Peoria, Rock Island, Sangamon, Will, Winnebago27$372,482$380,471
Asian Human ServicesCook11
Beyond Sports FoundationCook, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, Will36
Cahokia School District #187St. Claire28$268,776$558,500
Chicago H.O.P.E.S.Cook20$123,859$56,337
City of PeoriaPeoria20$138,285$381,165
City of SpringfieldSangamon16$115,635$36,612
City Year ChicagoCook212$3,165,583$3,165,583
College Possible IllinoisCook20$260,000$556,313
East Aurora School District #131Kane37$178,963$205,831
East St. Louis School District #189St. Claire61$300,228$153,151
First Defense Legal AidCook9$128,320$50,384
Girl Scouts of Northern ILBoone, DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago21$163,711$125,091
Greater Chicago Food DepositoryCook25$210,520$286,142
Housing ForwardCook12$166,898$168,818
Illinois Bar FoundationChampaign, Cook, Kankakee, Lake, Madison, McLean, Winnebago58$278,316$278,219
Illinois Campus CompactCook, Macon, Rock Island30$5,504$3,846
Illinois Public Health AssociationAdams, Cook, Kane, Lake, Lee, Macoupin, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Sangamon, St. Claire20$298,638$298,640
Leave No Veteran BehindCook18$253,668$257,985
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood HouseSt. Claire198$861,571$1,035,657
Literacy Volunteers of AmericaBureau, Cook, DuPage, Henry, Jersey, Kane, Lake, Saline, Scott42$355,349$679,388
Lutheran Social Services of IllinoisAlexander, Randolph, St. Clair, Williamson, Winnebago20$137,859$158,975
Mercy Home for Boys & GirlsCook12$179,184$188,087
Metropolitan Mayors CaucusCook, Lake, Will8$119,456$127,998
Northwestern University Settlement AssociationCook72$496,894$496,896
Public Allies ChicagoCook50$649,618$667,027
Public Health Institute of Metropolitan ChicagoCook12$179,184$263,440
Relay Graduate School of EducationCook30$20,140$414,251
Rend Lake CollegeAlexander, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Jefferson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Union, Washington, Williamson60$445,500$445,500
Sauk Valley Community CollegeBureau, Carrol, Henry, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside40$180,038$191,994
Schuler Family FoundationCook, Lake45N/A$1,300,000
Severson Dells Educational FoundationBoone, DeKalb, Winnebago23$119,304$101,468
Southwestern Illinois CollegeSt. Claire68$372,716$479,206
Springfield Urban LeagueMorgan, Sangamon54$214,182$212,810
Teach for AmericaCook195N/A$8,070,500
The University of ChicagoCook10$148,938$208,369
Triton CollegeCook24$179,131$79,366
UIC - Project MORECook21$151,474$151,474
United Way of Metropolitan Chi.Cook12$179,176$94,269
Up2Us Sports CoachesCook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will20$158,855$253,080
WIU - Peace Corps FellowsMcDonough14$142,506$142,506
YMCA Rock River ValleyBoone, Winnebago19$141,642$62,886
Youth & Opportunity UnitedCook22$270,326$665,695