There is no better way to give back than to donate your time by
volunteering," Quinn said. "Volunteers contribute a great deal to
Illinois, both locally and throughout the state at our historic
sites, state parks, care facilities and institutions. I encourage
everyone to participate in National Service Week and recognize the
valuable gifts that volunteers provide."
People across Illinois can find volunteer opportunities in their
communities by visiting
Serve.Illinois.gov. The website is run by the Serve Illinois
Commission, a 40-member bipartisan board appointed by the governor
to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer
activities and supporting national service programs.
"As John Maxwell once stated, ‘The bottom line in leadership
isn't how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others,'"
said Frederick Nettles, chairman of the Serve Illinois Commission.
"In the line of service, our job is to empower others."
The Mayors Day of Recognition is a special initiative from the
Corporation for National and Community Service to highlight the
value and impact of volunteering and to encourage residents to
participate. The second annual Mayors Day of Recognition will take
place on April 1. Mayors across Illinois have registered to
participate, and those interested in signing up can visit
AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and the Social Innovation Fund are the
national service programs that will be recognized in numerous
Illinois communities during Mayors Day of Recognition of National
Service on April 1. Mayors and city and county managers will host
public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the
value and impact of national service in their communities. Mayors
who would like to participate should
register through Serve.Illinois.gov.
AmeriCorps includes AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State,
AmeriCorps National and AmeriCorps NCCC. Together they provide
opportunities for 80,000 citizens across the nation, including
approximately 3,600 in Illinois, to give back to their communities,
states and nation. AmeriCorps in Illinois last year recruited 53,600
volunteers and raised more than $4.7 million in in-kind resources.
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Senior Corps includes the Foster Grandparents, Senior
Companions, and Retired and Senior Volunteer programs. Each
year, Senior Corps places more than 14,000 volunteers in
communities throughout Illinois. These volunteers have helped
more than 7,000 Illinois children to read, assisted more than
18,000 seniors to stay in their homes, supported more than 5,800
veterans and 8,300 veteran family members, served more than 200
special-needs children and supported more than 2,000 community
organizations. The approximately 3.1 million Senior Corps hours
contributed annually are valued at $70 million.
The Social Innovation Fund mobilizes public and private sector
resources to grow promising, innovative, community-based solutions
in the areas of economic opportunity, healthy futures and youth
development. The program has awarded $177.6 million in grants since
2010 that have yielded another $423 million in private commitments.
Eleven Illinois organizations have received $1.3 million in grants.
The governor also saluted the many service organizations that
contribute daily to making Illinois a better place to live and work.
[Text from Illinois Government News
news release received from
Community Action Partnership of