“Illinois is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who donate
their time and talents to help others and to build stronger
communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve
Illinois. “With these awards, we recognize those whose initiative,
creativity and energy have made a positive change and has set an
example for others.”
Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 years and
under), one adult (19-54 years old) and one retiree/senior (55 years
and older) in each of the Commission's five service regions across
the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and
Southern). National Service Awards will be presented to one
AmeriCorps and one Senior Corps member in each of the five regions.
One award will be given to a for-profit business in each of the five
service regions. Within each category, applications will be given
special priority based on the areas: economic opportunity,
education, environmental stewardship, disaster
preparedness/response, health, and veterans and military families.
Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by January 30, 2015.
Please visit www.serve.illinois.gov for the nomination forms and
more information. Recipients will be selected and notified by March
30, 2015. The Serve Illinois Commission will host a ceremony to
honor recipients on April 20, 2015 at the Executive Mansion in
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The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member (25 voting and
15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and
administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing
volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the
“All citizens have an opportunity to recognize their ability and
help strengthen their communities through voluntary service.
Through Serve Illinois, we expand volunteerism throughout rural,
suburban, and urban Illinois, and involve people of all
backgrounds, cultures, and ages,” added Scott McFarland.
[Serve Illinois Commission on
Volunteerism and Community Service]