Location and Time
401 S. Clinton St (1st Fl)
823 E. Monroe
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fred Nettles, Chair; Beth Ford; Jenne Myers; Jill Heise; Andy Tousignant (City Year) Travell Williams (City Year); Kathy Engelken; Anne Schuman;; Meghan Hines (CNCS); John Hosteny; Barb Tubekis; Al Golfarb; Phil Dalmage (DHS);Dora Welker; Sarah Stapleton;Sara Monroe (CNCS); Don Baden; Amanda Guinn; Jeff Turnbull; Jane Angelis; Kathleen Blair; Julian Brown; Meri Dee; Nancy Jameson; Al Ridley; Stephen Silberman; Cynthia Sims; Heather Way
Commission Staff Present
Brandon Bodor, Executive Director; Kim Fornero, Bureau Chief; Scott McFarland, Deputy Director; Lisa Akers, AmeriCorps Program Manager; Sue Zellers, AmeriCorps Program Office; Karla Kunzeman, Volunteer Programs Manager; Mike Stehlin, Training Officer; Lanie Cooper, Graduate Intern; Courtney Abbott, Graduate Intern;Lilliane Webb, AmeriCorps member
Trevell Williams, City Year AmeriCorps Member; Andy Tousignant, City Year
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Nettles at 1:03 pm
Approval of Meeting Minutes
Brandon Bodor briefly discussed
-Logistics of Recognition day
-Motion to improve pilot
-Receive updates today
Motion made by Anne Schuman to accept minutes; Beth Ford seconds motion. Approved via voice vote.
Executive Director Report
Bodor provided the report.
- Highlight and Successes
- Oct 8th - Annual Recognition day was success despite the government shutdown. Approximately 700 were in attendance and there was nothing but good feedback about the event.
- Thanks were given to Mike Stehlin for his involvement.
- Oct 25th – Team from Franklin Project
- The team was involved in a day full of events.
- Dinner was held that night in their honor.
- Presence was well received by community.
- Nov 11th–Hosted Bill Basel- Director of AmeriCorps
- Partnered with Greater food Depository.
- Set aside two members for the Veteran AmeriCorps.
- Nov 17th tornado Relief
- High community Response.
- Children’s Home in Peoria still helping out disaster area.
- Jan 18th
- Visited Spencer Elementary Technology Academy for MLKJR Day
- Thanks to Chicago Cares and Jenne Meyers
Corporation for National and Community Service Update
- Illinois ranked 27th among states for Volunteerism rates
- 25th previous year
- Plans to improve amongst percentages
- Only one Mayor of Illinois has signed up for Mayor’s Day, compared to 832 in the previous year.
- Hoping to recruit bring 60 Mayors to participate in Mayor’s Day
Committee Chair Reports
Strategic Planning (Mission: To develop the Commission’s 3-Year Strategic Plan, and continually assess the performance in relation to the Strategic Goals set forth)
- Lilliane Webb
- Thank you to those who completed the survey.
- Individual & Group feedback appreciated.
- Will follow up with individual request.
- Social media will offer more of the information staff and commissioners thought were missing.
Scorecard – “Illinois Service By the Numbers”
- Working on Scorecard
- Did SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats)
Community Outreach and Public Relations (Mission:To education communities on Commission resources, and encourage increased volunteerism through service campaigns)
New Outreach Materials
- Jenne Meyers
- Thanks to Lilliane and Lanie for their work on the new fact sheets
- Wants Chicago Cares to become a bigger entity that helps CNCS promoting overall volunteerism though:
- Thinks staff should provide commissioners with more direction.
- Chicago is 33 out of 50 cities of service.
Resource Development (Mission: To secure corporate and other non-public funding to support volunteerism, national service programs, and other Commission initiatives)
- Brandon Bodor
- Paid fee to renew RD committee
Volunteer Recognition—Barb Tubekis
5th Annual Governor’s Awards Update
- Tubekis, Cooper, and McFarland
- January 31st deadline
- Awaiting Results
- Updated forms with Commission
- 65 nominations as of the deadline
- Extended deadline to Feb 14th
- AmeriCorps and Senior Corp lacking in nominations
- Chicago only significant area
- 17 out of 30 nominations
- Some award categories only one nominee
- 186 nominations from the year before
- April 28th
- Commission meeting
- Governor Awards
- Merri Dee offered a solution of putting announcements in Church bulletins and storefronts.
- Fred Nettles church database is a start for outreach
- Discuss potential move to OCT Governor’s awards after 2014
Program Showcase – City Year Chicago
- Trevell Williams (2nd year volunteer City Year)
- Served in West Englewood Harper High School
- Helped freshman stay on track to graduation
- Andy Tousignant (City Year)
-Q: When and who do you collaborate with? Chicago Food Depository, Teach for America. Program Alumni usually participate in other programs as the ones listed. -Q: What are your Criteria for choosing your selected schools? -The most challenged schools are chosen -Q: Safety -Staff is always on hand for contact, when doing work for a program. -EAP Partnership -Q: Can you share Results with students in the program. -Objectives for previous program year were to raise 50 percent of student from failing to passing. Objective was achieved and exceeded by five percent (55%). -Student surveys are given to see how student feel about their own achievement, while surveys were also given to teacher for their opinion of student’s academic growth. Q: What is being done for civic engagement? -Five to six members are designated to recruit residents.
- City Year is focused on:
- Putting more focus on CPS
- Investing more time in elementary schools that produce drop-out in high school.
- Receives investment for the program from Mayor Emanuel, CNCS, and private corporate investors.
FY14 AmeriCorps Competitive Submission Update
- Past year 12 got submitted, while only 4 picked up.
- 18 Programs submitted this year
- Leave no veteran behind – Governor/Mayor Initiative
Proposed CY14 Commission Support Grant Budget
- Cities of Service
- Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service
- Policies& Procedures Manual
- Mike Stehlin wrote manual (76 pg.)
- In response to on board training, manual can be changed as necessary.
- Next step is to create a manual for commissioner’s use.
- PDF of manual will be uploaded online soon, future webinar possible.
Serve.Illinois.gov and Communications
- Blog Launch
- Serve Illinois revamped in January
- Highlighting stories from members
- Turing Group pro-bono assistance
- Commissioner Loning provided pro bono assistance for updating the Serve Illinois database.
- Agency Move for Commission (DHS to DPH)
- Executive Order will be signed by the Governor.
- July 2014 commission will move to DPH
- DHS has many more grants to look after as opposed to DHS.
- No changes for Commissioners.
- DHS housed Serve Illinois since 1998
- Staff should talk to Labor Relations board.
- Staff has the choice to stay with commission or leave when the move occurs in July.
Guiding Principles for State Commissions
- Look at 1993 Act that established commissions
- What should the relationship be?
- Bodor proposed that this voted on in the next Commission meeting to give commissioners time to read the handout.
Disaster Recovery Lessons Learned (Turnbull) and Illinois Disaster Corps (Cooper)
- See Tazewell county report for full details.
- Talked about how the county was ill prepared for the tornado. First 48 hours were pure chaos.
- RSVP from Eureka was present, ICC provided phone line help
- Work still needs to be done in the county.
- Working with IEMA to form Disaster Corps
- Modeling AmeriCorps St. Louis disaster response.
- Wants to use Senior Corps members as leader for regional teams.
- Hoping to train Senior Corps members based on IEMA specifications.
- Hoping to simulate Disaster Corps responsein IEMA disaster simulation in June.
Nettles adjourned the meeting at 3:55pm