“Each year, 2.6 million Illinoisans take time out of their busy
lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive
Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep
children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find
jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every
day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”
The Commission will present individual awards 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). The Commission will present National Service Awards
to one AmeriCorps member, one Senior Corps member, and one
for-profit business in each of the five service regions. The
Commission will give special priority within each category based on
economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, disaster
preparedness/response, health, and veterans and military families.
Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by January 29, 2016.
Please visit www.serve.illinois.gov for the nomination forms and
more information. The Commission will select and notify recipients
by March 18, 2016, and will host a ceremony to honor recipients on
April 13, 2016 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
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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. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by
enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.
The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local
community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the
administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on Serve
Illinois, or to find one of more than 2,500 volunteer opportunities in the
state, please visit
[Scott McFarland, Serve Illinois]