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Governor's Home Town Award

Apply to be recognized as a 2014 Governor's Hometown Award Winner!

City of East St. Louis
FRESH Community Teaching Center
2012 Governor's Cup Winner
Governor's Home Town Awards
(read their story here)

Congratulations to the 2012 GHTA Participants

Volunteers are making a difference in Illinois by creating a positive environment in which businesses and families want to live and work. Yet, their efforts often go unheralded by their fellow citizens. When you give of your time, donate materials, or reach into your pocket to help guide youths, honor the Veterans, preserve your heritage, conserve our natural resources, or host a health fair, you are making Illinois a better place for all of us.


Presented continuously since 1983, the Governor’s Hometown Awards Program gives formal recognition to those who have answered the Constitution’s call and contributed to their community’s quality of life.

Awards are given in six project categories, based on six community population divisions. Applications for awards may be submitted by a variety of community representatives such as local governments, schools, community organizations, chambers of commerce, community action agencies, area agencies on aging, local job training organizations, etc.

A team of impartial volunteer judges will evaluate the applications on need, use of resources, and impact. Information will be gathered from two sources: the application, and a project presentation to be given in Springfield. The judges will select the category winners and also nominate one project from each population division to receive the coveted Governor's Cup, a traveling silver trophy which signifies the project deemed most representative of the spirit of Illinois volunteerism. The 2012 Governor's Cup Winner was the City of East St. Louis F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Center. For a description of the project please click here.

All Governor's Home Town Awards winners will be recognized at a reception at the Governor's Mansion.

Thank you to all the volunteers who help to make Illinois a great place to live!
Contact Information:
Wendy Bell
telephone: 217/558-2838