Thousands of community organizations are in desperate need for
volunteers throughout the year, and many of those opportunities go
unfilled. A great way to find a place to volunteer is by visiting
www.Serve.Illinois.gov, where you can search through more than 2,500
volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois.
“When we ask people why they don’t volunteer, they tell us that they
either didn’t know where to go or no one asked them to,” said Scott
McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “We are addressing
both those issues with www.Serve.Illinois.gov. Anyone can serve.
Even if you only have an hour to give, there is an organization that
needs that hour.”
In addition to giving time, you can also donate. On November 29,
2016, approximately 22,500 donors gave almost $10.5 million to
charities to celebrate Giving Tuesday - www.ilgive.com. “This one
day effort shows what can be accomplished if people give a little of
their time or money,” said Scott McFarland. “Our neighborhoods are
only as strong as we make them, and volunteering is the best way to
make them better places to live.”
Those who volunteered in
2016 can be nominated for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.
On April 25, 2017, Serve Illinois 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) from each of Serve Illinois’
five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East
Central, West Central, and Southern). AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and
for-profit business awards will also be available in each of the
regions. Nominations are at www.Serve.Illinois.gov and are due by
February 17, 2017.
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Serve Illinois 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. Serve Illinois 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, please visit
[Scott McFarland, Serve Illinois]