"AmeriCorps volunteers dedicate themselves to service and making a
difference throughout the great state of Illinois," said Quinn. "On
behalf of the people of Illinois, I thank AmeriCorps members and its
alumni for their service and salute them for their hard work and
continued commitment to strengthening our neighborhoods and
AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and
backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local
and national nonprofit groups. From neighborhood cleanups and
building homes to tutoring children and signing up new volunteers,
Illinois' 3,600 AmeriCorps members are celebrating by doing what
they do best -- direct service.
Since 1994, more than 30,000 Illinoisans have taken the
AmeriCorps pledge to "get things done for America." Those members
have given back more than 37 million hours to their communities,
which equates to nearly $843 million in impact.
AmeriCorps members are eligible for a modest education award to
pay a portion of their student loans or college courses they plan to
take. Over the past 18 years, Illinoisans have earned more than
$93.8 million in education awards.
The following are a few projects happening around the state
during AmeriCorps Week:
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East St. Louis:
March 11-15, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. -- AmeriCorps East St. Louis
members will work on renovating a donated home that will become
"Project Hope." The facility will provide a safe and caring
environment to serve the homeless population.
Herrin: March 12,
9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois AmeriCorps
members will partner with Hurricane Baptist Church to improve
the garden area.
Chicago: March 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. --
AmeriCorps members will join City Year Chicago in beautifying
the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Serve Illinois Commission,
which is operated through the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The mission of the 40-member, bipartisan commission is to improve
Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an
ethic of service throughout the state.
For a full listing of AmeriCorps Week activities or information
on how to find a volunteer opportunity any time of the year, visit
Department of Human Services
file received from
Illinois Office of
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