AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps Members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs are determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.
Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit
Serve Illinois administers 45 AmeriCorps State programs in operation for the 2020-2021 program year and over 1,800 Members committing to a year of service. These Members serve 70+ counties in over 400 host sites.
AmeriCorps State and National Awardees
3400 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634-0990
Our AmeriCorps Members will serve in one of AUSL’s thirty-one schools with the promise that all students have access to an excellent education, right in their own neighborhoods in Chicago. The AmeriCorps members will serve in classrooms teaching children in Chicago Public Schools and alongside a mentor teacher to learn highly-effective teaching strategies. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will become a Chicago Public School Teacher, earn a master’s degree from DePaul University and obtain their Illinois Professional Teaching License.
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC AmeriCorps) of Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) is a community benefiting service, focused on growing, changing and responding to the needs of 6 counties in northwest Illinois. Needs are met by ABC AmeriCorps expanding the ability of schools and organizations to provide services addressing educational and human needs, thus improving the quality of life in the Sauk Valley community.
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1200 N. 13th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62205
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House (the Neighborhood House) is designed to improve the academic skills of the students in District 189 by all means possible. AmeriCorps East St. Louis is designed to address a broad range of community needs by addressing the following: 1) Education: understanding that children must obtain a good education, graduate from high school, and pursue post-secondary education programs; 2) Fighting Hunger: In the St. Clair County alone, research demonstrates that food insecurity leads to poor academic performance; therefore we seek alternatives by means of providing food through our food pantry to those in need--which is approximately 15,800 persons who live in extreme poverty throughout the county and 3) Building Capacity: in this focus area we are working to build character among Corps Members and youth in our community and aligning them on a positive trajectory to becoming self-sufficient while grooming our future leaders. In addition, our Corps Members are actively engaged in District 189 students’ academic assistance, also our Corps Members actively operate a food pantry in the community and complete a variety of other community service projects that will lead to positive and meaningful outcomes.
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Belleville AmeriCorps program, established in 1995, is a partnership between Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville School District #118, Belleville School District #175, the city of Belleville, and Franklin Neighborhood Association. The program supports neighborhood and school initiatives that strengthen the community through service. AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, computer coaches, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors. Through service, AmeriCorps members: increase youth academic success through tutoring; provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth after school and during the summer; recruit, support and train volunteers to serve organizations in the Belleville area; and develop leadership skills by participating in team-building and service learning activities.
1350 Old Skokie Road, #205
Highland Park, IL 60035
Since 2009, Beyond Sports Foundation has been assisting student-athletes who demonstrate an immense need, as well as a motivation to achieve, by giving them the educational, athletic and professional opportunities to succeed in the classroom, on the field (court, diamond, pool, etc.) and in the professional realm. By building an individualized model for each of our student-athletes across the areas of academics, athletics, professional development and service, our foundation is able to help navigate the college landscape for the under-privileged and under-resourced student-athletes we serve, so that they can succeed in college and in the professional realm.
641 W. Lake St., #200
Chicago, IL 60641
Chicago HOPES for Kids was incorporated in 2010 to provide academic support for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Chicago HOPES for Kids will host 20 AmeriCorps members who will focus on services to children at homeless and domestic violence shelters, primarily on Chicago’s south and west sides. They will work to improve the children’s academic performance in literacy and math, while providing them with fun enrichment activities that focus on STEM, nutrition, culture, and art.
800 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
The City of Springfield AmeriCorps program works with several partner agencies in the community including Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois, Computer Banc, Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, and St. Patrick's Catholic School. Member activities include mentoring youth to encourage them to stay in school and prepare them for their future role in the workforce, providing technology to low-income community members, and supporting and growing programs at their partner sites. City of Springfield AmeriCorps members are making a difference and getting things done in Springfield!
215 W. Superior Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
College Possible is a national leader in college access & success programming. We work to empower students from underserved backgrounds to become college graduates and show them that college is possible for everyone. We strive to make college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through coaching and support.
AmeriCorps members, themselves recent college graduates, serve as near-peer coaches to College Possible students. They offer advice, mentoring and even friendship to students to help guide them to college graduation. We hold high expectations for our team members, which carries over to high expectations in order for our students to attain success. College Possible Chicago partners with Chicago Public Schools in six high schools and supports more than 1,100 students at the high school and college level.
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Mail Code 5000
Chicago, IL 60637
The Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) aims to improve the overall health and well-being of patients in the program by addressing a wide range of both medical and social needs. The C4P program builds off of the Comprehensive Care Physician Program, which offers patients at high risk of hospitalization a comprehensive care physician (CCP) who cares for them in both the hospital and the clinic. In addition to receiving care from a CCP, C4P patients are regularly asked about a range of unmet social needs and are given access to a community health worker and community-based arts and culture programming. C4P is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is being studied as a randomized trial at the University of Chicago.
Each year, 12 AmeriCorps members serve in the C4P program at one of our three sites: University of Chicago, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, and Rush Medical Center. Although exact activities vary according to each host site, members will engage in some or all of the following activities: 1) recruit Medicare and Medicaid patients of diverse ages who are at increased risk of hospitalization for a program designed to serve their medical and social needs, 2) assess patients for unmet social needs, 3) directly serve these patients as community resources specialists and through the implementation of community-based arts and culture programming, and 4) help evaluate the effects of the program in the South and West Sides of Chicago and adjacent Thornton Township. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for extending the reach of the C4P model which impacts patient experience with care, improves health outcomes, lowers hospitalization rates, and resolves unmet social needs for this population. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 30 volunteers who will be engaged in recruiting participants, helping to address participants’ unmet medical and social needs, and collecting and analyzing outcomes data.
353 Randall Rd
South Elgin, IL 60177
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois hosts AmeriCorps members who will deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience programming and its developmental and academic benefits to underserved populations of girls in the cities of Aurora, Carpentersville, DeKalb, Elgin, and areas in Boone County, McHenry County and Winnebago County. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois develops independent, confident girls by offering a variety of customizable experiences with opportunities to learn valuable life skills and try new things, all while cultivating the character to make a difference in the world. The AmeriCorps members are responsible for helping girls develop a strong sense of self and improve academic engagement in both attitudes and behaviors, as well as building relationships with out-of-school time outreach partners and sites. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage additional volunteers who engage in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to underserved girls.
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
The Food Depository’s Hunger Action Corps is a multifaceted AmeriCorps program that engages and cultivates social justice leaders who want to gain experience fighting hunger. Through a combination of service, experiential learning and formal training opportunities, Hunger Action Corps members make a difference in the lives of Cook County residents while gaining valuable skills that will transform their own.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Cook County’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Working with a network of more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, we distribute 164,000 meals every day. While food distribution is central to our mission, we also develop programs that address the root causes of hunger for people of all ages and backgrounds.”
1851 S. 9th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
"The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. Since 2009, AmeriCorps members have played an integral role in transitioning hundreds of persons from economic and housing crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. In the coming year, AmeriCorps members will directly 1.) reduce homelessness by improving access to services, employment counseling and housing opportunities in west Cook County, and 2.) improve linkage to nutritious food. Members will accomplish this by serving at Housing Forward and on-site with our partner agency, Beyond Hunger. At the end of the grant period, it is anticipated that members will directly contribute to a measurable reduction in homelessness, hunger and poverty in the communities served."
Herrin House of Hope
112 N. 14th Street
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 942-8500
Illinois Bar Foundation
20 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Chicago, IL 60603
Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative program that enhances access to justice for the growing number of unrepresented people in the courts by empowering and training student volunteers who help people without lawyers navigate the court system by providing legal information and procedural guidance.
People coming to court without lawyers often do not know where to go, what to ask for or who to see for documents. They often are confused, intimidated and scared. JusticeCorps members serve as guides to make the courts more welcoming and less intimidating for people who are navigating this complex and daunting system. JusticeCorps assistance allows people to accomplish the purpose of their visit more efficiently. Members receive thorough training, including learning about the activities in the courthouse, available resources and the difference between legal information and advice.
Illinois Public Health Association
223 S. Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
The mission of the Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps Program is to strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders. It accomplishes this mission by having its’ members help meet locally identified needs at health agencies across the state through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion, education, and outreach; volunteer coordination; and assistance with community emergency preparedness.
Kankakee State's Attorney
Kankakee State's Attorney
450 E. Court Street, 3rd Floor
Kankakee, IL 60901
Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
(618) 437-5321 ext. 1351
The Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps program at Rend Lake College is part of the national service initiative signed into law by President Bill Clinton and administered through state governments. The Illinois Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism serves as the state’s lead agency to administer AmeriCorps. The Commission operates under the Illinois Department of Public Health. Through AmeriCorps, individuals of all ages and backgrounds address the state’s education, human, and environmental needs through service. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps members provide literacy tutoring for pre-K through grade 8 students in local schools. Members also serve with environmental agencies to help educate their community about environmental stewardship as well as maintain and restoring wild areas in Southern Illinois. While some members also serve in non-for profit agency’s to help those in their community who are struggling with homelessness and poverty. In return, members receive a living allowance and education award to help finance their college education or vocational training, or pay back student loans after successful completion of service.
19 S. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60603
Founded in 2008, Leave No Veteran Behind invests in Veterans to build better communities through employment training, transitional jobs, and its Veteran educational debt relief scholarship. The organization proudly serves heroes who have served their country honorably and who seek to continue their service as assets in communities across America.
Through its AmeriCorps program, the organization will host 18 AmeriCorps members, comprised of Veterans and young adults, and create one-to-one Veteran-youth pairs, training them in the areas of Civilian Emergency Response Training (CERT), psychological first aid, CPR/First Aid, Peer Support, and the Fundamentals of Risk Management (FoRM). Members will work together in the community in a variety of safety capacities, and will engage with Cook County's and the City of Chicago's offices of emergency management to identify, assess, train, and connect community organizations to the city of Chicago’s safety and resiliency plan. This project not only fills employment gaps for two populations with notoriously high unemployment and underemployment rates, but also creates a pipeline for skilled workers who specialize in community engagement, risk management, and emergency management jobs.
New Star Inc.
1005 West End Avenue
Chicago Heights IL, 60411
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle, 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
The Peace Corps Fellows / AmeriCorps Program at Western Illinois University is a two-year graduate fellowship program for returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs). The program is managed through the
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) and offers RPCVs an opportunity to pursue graduate studies with an emphasis on rural community development while serving as AmeriCorps members. Our members lead local development projects, such as: downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, tourism development, health education, volunteer management, and disaster preparedness. They work to build local capacity, mobilize people, and make sustainable progress.
813 Southwest Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
Crews of 10 participants each serve 24-week terms of service and will gain experience and skills that prepare them to pursue career pathways in the construction trades, conservation and related fields. Participants receive the necessary support to complete the program successfully and continue into full-time employment or full-time, post-secondary education or training after graduating from PeoriaCorps.
University of Illinois - Chicago
1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE focuses on economic opportunity by providing critically needed support services for Chicago Early Learning families. Through a research-based curriculum and support services, MORE is committed to developing lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency for families. MORE provides: tutoring for parents in GED, English as a Second Language classes, employment readiness, as well as financial literacy workshops. In addition, MORE members provide Volunteer Management training and resources for Autism and Developmental Delays to Chicago Early Learning staff. The program helps AmeriCorps members gain the knowledge and skills to successfully work with families, increase access to resources for families and professionals, recruit volunteers and community members to sustain MORE for families accomplishments.
Northwestern University Settlement Association
1012 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 278-7471, Ext. 1178
Project YES! connects caring adults with youth in and around the West Town Community. Members will be assigned to one site for the program year to have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with students and teachers. While at the site members will be partnered with classroom teachers to assist in all aspects of the academic curriculum. Members will also implement after-school programming based on the needs of the school. Regular training sessions will help members to better serve their schools and community, and give the members the opportunity to plan quality service events. Trainings will include: classroom management, community awareness, planning effective volunteer projects, and civic engagement. Project YES! is a team based corporative environment that encourages members to work together to increase understanding in the schools as well as increasing volunteerism in the community.
Public Allies Inc.
180 N. Michigan, Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
For 23 years, Public Allies’ signature AmeriCorps program has been a vital bridge to employment and education opportunities for our AmeriCorps Allies. We are a leadership development organization that recruits diverse young adults with a passion for community service and places them into intensive non-profit apprenticeships. With AmeriCorps, Public Allies provides capacity building to roughly 40 community based agencies that are working to improve education, economic development, and community safety. Our model utilizes hands on experience, community building, and leadership development training to give our Members a well-rounded non-profit experience. We focus on recruiting Members from the Chicago region and each year work to build a cohort that represents the diversity of our great city. The apprenticeships are as diverse in responsibility as the Allies that fill them. Members play vital roles in project management, community outreach, and program support for non-profits, schools, and government agencies.
Our Allies also complete a separate Team Service Project during their term of service that is focused on collaborating with a local non-profit to deliver a specific result. This service project allows Allies to apply their learning, solve problems in a team-based setting, and expand their experience and networks into multiple communities around Chicago. Each Ally is assigned a Program Manager to ensure their development and performance objectives stay on track throughout the year. Ally apprenticeships traditionally lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service – over 80% of our alumni move on into careers in non-profit and government work.
“If you can do it by yourself, it’s not big enough.” Our organization was founded on the idea that our nation is stronger when we harness the ingenuity and can-do spirit of entire communities -- when everyone leads. We know that to successfully improve outcomes for our Allies, our community partner organizations, and our communities, we need strong and healthy partnerships! Join us as we expand the power of national service!
2911 W. 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60632
Relay Graduate School of Education will have 80 AmeriCorps Members who will participate in the innovative teacher residency program, the Relay Teaching Residency Chicago (RTRC), in Chicago, IL. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be prepared and certified to serve as lead teachers and the K-12 students they teach will demonstrate improved academic performance. In addition, the AmeriCorps Members will leverage an additional 10 volunteers, who will be engaged in collecting basic needs for our local community members. In the future, Relay Chicago will infuse mobilizing volunteers in two member trainings throughout the program year
YMCA of Rock River Valley
200 Y Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61107
The YMCA of Rock River Valley will utilize AmeriCorps members to address educational and wellness needs in underserved populations/neighborhoods of the greater Rockford area. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving the health and nutritional habits of at-risk and underserved youth, teens and seniors; help to minimize the achievement gap in school performance between students of various income levels; develop positive programming through a partnership between the Rockford community, the YMCA and the Northwest Community Center. In addition. AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers that will be engaged in tutoring, mentoring and providing AmeriCorps members with program and logistical support.
American Red Cross - Chicago
2200 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Illinois Disaster Corps members will serve to increase communities' resilience by improving the capacity of residents across Illinois to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters by acting as educators, disaster responders, and community conveners. The member’s primary responsibility will be to teach, coordinate and lead emergency preparedness, planning, response, and recovery activities in their assigned territories in support of the American Red Cross."
8786 Montague Rd.
Rockford, IL 61102
AmeriCorps Members will assist in restoring habitat on public lands and provide environmental education in Winnebago, Boone and Dekalb counties. This effort is in partnership with the Natural Land Institute, Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, Boone County Conservation District, and Dekalb County Forest Preserve District. Natural Resource AmeriCorps members will serve directly with land managers to remove invasive plants, collect native seed, propagate native plants and monitor wildlife. Environmental Education AmeriCorps members will provide engaging outdoor education opportunities to participants of all ages, whether it is field trips with elementary school students or guided hikes with adults and families. These members will help the northern Illinois community better connect to the natural world around them.
Springfield Urban League, Inc.
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
The Springfield Urban League’s AmeriCorps Program is designed to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address unmet needs. Activities may include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting disaster victims, helping with community gardens, assisting with the organization of community programs (i.e. job preparedness, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, etc.) and also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.
180 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Allies is a state AmeriCorps program that supports substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County. AmeriCorps members serving with SUD Allies engage clients, youth, and providers through a variety of comprehensive services, including but not limited to: case management, health insurance enrollment assistance, prevention education, and anti-stigma education.
Administered by Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), the SUD Allies AmeriCorps program increases resources to combat substance use disorder for individuals, families, and communities. PHIMC provides members with the training and professional development necessary to successfully enter the public health workforce.
Funding for this AmeriCorps program is made available by Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, a part of Illinois Department of Public Health, in partnership with Corporation for National and Community Service.
300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
For 20 years, Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with parents and students to ensure that all children receive an excellent education. Our members work to improve student outcomes and drive systemic change that starts with a two-year teaching commitment in a low-income community. After their initial two-year teaching commitment, two-thirds of corps members stay in education, a community that makes up over seven percent of Chicago’s teachers and over 20 percent of Chicago’s principals and assistant principals. Teachers in our network achieve an average 1.4 years of academic growth with their students, and our principals lead the highest-rated schools at nearly two times the rate of their peers. Our alumni are policymakers and lead many of the highest impact education organizations in our region.”
333 South Wabash Ave, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 906-2490 x2242
Responsiveness to identified community problem AmeriCorps Members serve to strengthen the impact of United Way’s human services sector through United Way's Neighborhood Network Initiative. Neighborhood Networks are formally established coalitions supported by United Way that bring the work of individual organizations together towards a common goal. In 10 Chicago area at-risk neighborhoods, United Way successfully launched these place-based networks of up to 50 community-based organizations, including pre-K and after- school programs, training and employment services, health clinics, community colleges, local businesses, faith-based organizations, and others to focus their efforts collectively towards common goals, shared measurement, improved communications, and mutually reinforcing programs. Neighborhood Networks address the lack of education, financial stability, access to physical and mental health, and safety, which are the levers behind poverty or affluence in any community.
United Way assigns AmeriCorps members to one of the 10 Neighborhood Networks during their 12 months of service. AmeriCorps are responsible for improvements in school readiness, financial literacy, mental health, and increased capacity of 100 United Way Neighborhood Network organizations in terms of leadership and data systems development, and new partnerships with organizations and community residents. In addition, the AmeriCorps members connect and engage with residents in a variety of ways – including canvassing in neighborhoods, developing after school programs, planning community events, and creating educational trainings. AmeriCorps Members are provided professional development and job training to build resume and develop valuable skills through training sessions and hands-on work experience and the ability grow their professional network as they form partnerships with community and business leaders across the Chicago region.
1644 N. Honore, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60622
Established in 2010, Up2Us Sports is the nationwide leader in engaging, training and supporting sports coaches to transform youth, programs and communities. Our AmeriCorps coaching program is the first national service program that challenges young adults to give back to their communities through a year of service as coach-mentors. Up2Us Sports’ research, training and on-the-ground initiatives empower sports programs across the country to become a united force for meaningful change.
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
641 West Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults and out-of-school teens increase their literary skills. Since its founding in 1983, largely through the efforts of a VISTA volunteer, national service has been an important part of LVI’s programming and has contributed enormously to the development of the adult literacy field throughout Illinois.
LVI’s current program – VOCAL – has 42 AmeriCorps members serving in various community and faith-based agencies statewide as well as in the alternative schools in the Illinois Youth Centers. VOCAL members in those programs serve as tutors, tutor recruiters, mentors and job search coaches, and are also involved with community outreach, program planning, and social and volunteer engagement activities. As a result of their service, the VOCAL members and the 600 volunteers they will recruit in the coming year will increase the literacy skills of 2,100 low literate adults, the employability skills of 500 economically-disadvantaged adults, and the proficiency levels of 300 incarcerated youth. Additionally, as a pilot project with the Sunshine Community Services Center in Kewanee, VOCAL members will also offer after-school programming for 150 at-risk youth and social service referral for 40 veteran and military families.
Youth & Opportunity United
1911 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Y.O.U.’s “Y.O.U.th Serve” AmeriCorps members deliver high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs in eight locations (five elementary schools and five middle schools) in Evanston and Skokie, Illinois. Our Y.O.U.th Serve members provide youth with tutoring and enrichment activities that improve their academic, social, and emotional skills.
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