AmeriCorps volunteers pledge to help
others through community service
More than 450 Illinoisans are sworn in during
ceremony in Bloomington
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[OCT. 29, 2004]
BLOOMINGTON -- During the
opening day ceremony for the AmeriCorps program, more than 450
Illinoisans committed to a year of serving their communities. The
ceremony at the Interstate Conference Center in Bloomington earlier
this week marked the 10th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program.
"AmeriCorps is an excellent opportunity
for young people to volunteer their time and talents and give
something back to their communities," said Illinois Department of
Human Services Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. "Illinois has a
strong tradition of volunteerism and compassion for those in need.
Whether it is helping children learn to read, mentoring young people
or assisting elderly persons, AmeriCorps volunteers make a real
difference in the communities in which they serve."
AmeriCorps members dedicate a year to
helping communities meet their unmet human service, education,
public safety or environmental needs. They receive a modest living
allowance, health insurance, student loan deferment and training.
Members who successfully complete their service receive an
educational award of up to $4,725 to help pay for college, graduate
school, vocational training or to pay off student loans.
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The Illinois Commission on
Volunteerism and Community Service administers the AmeriCorps
program in Illinois. The commission funds 17 AmeriCorps programs
throughout the state.
For more information on AmeriCorps,
Department of Human Services news release]