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Illinois AmeriCorps*State Programs

Americorps IllinoisAmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps Members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs are determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.

Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit

Serve Illinois administers 28 AmeriCorps*State programs in operation for the 2015-2016 program year and nearly 1,700 Members committing to a year of service. These Members serve 60 counties in over 300 host sites.

For a full listing of all host sites, please view our 2014 - 2015 Program Directory [PDF, 943KB] (2015-2016 Directory Coming Soon)

AmeriCorps*State Programs

Sauk Valley Community College
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC)

Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: (815) 838-6313

AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC AmeriCorps) of Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) is a community benefiting service, growing, changing and responding to the needs of 6 counties in northwest Illinois, by expanding the ability of schools and organizations to provide services addressing educational and human needs, thus improving the quality of life in the Sauk Valley.

Bates Davis Neighborhood House
AmeriCorps/East St. Louis

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1274 N 37th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62204
Phone: (618) 271-2522

AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House (the Neighborhood House) is designed to improve the academic skills of the students in District 189 by all means possible. AmeriCorps East St. Louis is designed to address a broad range of community needs by addressing the following: 1) Education: understanding that children must obtain a good education, graduate from high school, and pursue post-secondary education programs; 2) Fighting Hunger: In the St. Clair County alone, research demonstrates that food insecurity leads to poor academic performance; therefore we seek alternatives by means of providing food through our food pantry to those in need--which is approximately 15,800 persons who live in extreme poverty throughout the county and 3) Building Capacity: in this focus area we are working to build character among Corps Members and youth in our community and aligning them on a positive trajectory to becoming self-sufficient while grooming our future leaders. In addition, our Corps Members are actively engaged in District 189 students’ academic assistance, also our Corps Members actively operate a food pantry in the community and complete a variety of other community service projects that will lead to positive and meaningful outcomes.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
AmeriCorps Prisoner and Family Ministries – LSSI

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
1616 W. Main
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 997-9076

Through the program, AmeriCorps members help returning citizens create their life plans and prepare for employment. AmeriCorps members also expand community awareness and involvement by contacting potential employers.

Asian Human Services
AmeriCorps Project
Asian Human Services AmeriCorps Project

2838 W. Peterson
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 564-4946

Asian Human Services exists to provide quality, compassionate, and culturally competent services to low-income and immigrant and refugee communities in metropolitan Chicago. AmeriCorps members at AHS fill supportive roles in our Adult Education and Family Literacy Program (LEAF), Passages Charter School, Family Health Center, Community Health Program, and Employment Program. Members engage in a variety of activities to improve the clients’ education level, health, and employment situation, including teaching ESL and Basic Computer classes to adults, tutoring in After School programs, assisting in elementary school classrooms, presenting health education workshops, and assisting individuals create resumes and research job opportunities.

Academy for Urban School Leadership
Academy for Urban School Leadership

3400 North Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 534-0129

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. AUSL was founded in 2001 and today manages 32 Chicago Public Schools serving more than 18,000 students. The Chicago Teacher's Residency program is a 12-month, full-time, paid training program that combines intensive urban teacher training with Master's degree coursework in conjunction with National Louis University or DePaul University. Following the training year, residents receive the opportunity to continue working as a Chicago Public School teacher in an AUSL/CPS school. To date, more than 830 teachers have graduated from the Chicago Teacher Residency.

Illinois College
Belleville AmeriCorps

Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: (618) 235-2700

Belleville AmeriCorps program, established in 1995, is a partnership between Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville School District #118, Belleville School District #175, the city of Belleville, Franklin Neighborhood Association, 17th Street Neighborhood Association. The program supports neighborhood and school initiatives that strengthen the community through service. AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, computer coaches, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors. Through service, AmeriCorps members: increase youth academic success through tutoring; provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth after school and during the summer; recruit, support and train volunteers to serve organizations in the Belleville area; and develop leadership skills by participating in team-building and service learning activities.

Year of Chicago
City Year of Chicago

36 S. Wabash, Suite #1300
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 464-1736

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year works in 25 cities across the United States and has international affiliates in London and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Children's Home
Association of Illinois
Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps

Children's Home Association of Illinois
2130 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603
Phone: (309) 687-7440

The Children's Home Association of Illinois will recruit 35 AmeriCorps members to participate in National Service to gain soft-skills, hands on experience/hard skills and individualized educational supports in order to prepare for employment and increase educational attainment. This program will focus on the CNCS focus areas of Economic Opportunity and Education while supporting community-based organizations. At the end of the 1st program year, the AmeriCorps members will demonstrate increased knowledge and skills that improve employability and the likelihood for future success (Economic Opportunity). In addition, members will support 6 after-school programs that provide academic enrichment, positive youth development and service opportunities to 325 at-risk youth (Education).

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Greater Chicago Food Depository

4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 843-5422

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs in Cook County. AmeriCorps Members will fulfill four different roles addressing the root causes of hunger in our community. Members will work with the Food Depository’s SNAP (Food Stamp) outreach team to help pantry clients apply for and navigate the application process, work with the Food Depository’s Programs team to support children’s programs through Healthy Kids Markets, Kids Café and summer meal programs, participate in capacity-building initiatives at two pantries located at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Hines VA Hospital supporting the programs’ daily operations, and providing outreach to the Veteran community in Cook County about available resources.

Housing Forward
Housing Forward

1851 S. 9th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 338-1724

The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. Since 2009, AmeriCorps members have played an integral role in transitioning hundreds of persons from economic and housing crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. In the coming year, AmeriCorps members will directly 1.) reduce homelessness by improving access to services, employment counseling and housing opportunities in west Cook County, and 2.) improve linkage to nutritious food. Members will accomplish this by serving at Housing Forward, and on-site with three partner agencies (BEDS Plus Care, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, West Cook YMCA). At the end of the grant period, it is anticipated that members will directly contribute to a measurable reduction in homelessness, hunger and poverty in the communities served.

Illinois JusticCorps
Illinois JusticeCorps

Illinois Bar Foundation
20 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 726-2072

Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative program that enhances access to justice for the growing number of unrepresented people in the courts by empowering and training student volunteers who help people without lawyers navigate the court system by providing legal information and procedural guidance.

People coming to court without lawyers often do not know where to go, what to ask for or who to see for documents. They often are confused, intimidated and scared. JusticeCorps members serve as guides to make the courts more welcoming and less intimidating for people who are navigating this complex and daunting system. JusticeCorps assistance allows people to accomplish the purpose of their visit more efficiently. Members receive thorough training, including learning about the activities in the courthouse, available resources and the difference between legal information and advice.

Public Health Association
IPHA AmeriCorps Program

Illinois Public Health Association
223 S. Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 522-5687

The mission of the Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps Program is to strengthen the field of public health through the development of skilled and committed leaders. It accomplishes this mission by having its’ members help meet locally identified needs at health agencies across the state through community service in the following focus areas: health promotion, education, and outreach; volunteer coordination; and assistance with community emergency preparedness.

Rend Lake College
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
Phone: (618) 437-5321 ext. 1351

The Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps Statewide program is part of the national service initiative signed into law by President Bill Clinton and administered through state governments. The Illinois Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism serves as the state’s lead agency to administer AmeriCorps. The Commission operates under the Illinois Department of Public Health. Through AmeriCorps, individuals of all ages and backgrounds address the state’s education, public safety, human, and environmental needs through service. Rend Lake College members provide literacy tutoring for pre-K through grade 8 students in local schools. In return, members receive a living allowance and education award to help finance their college education or vocational training, or pay back student loans after successful completion of service.

East St. Louis School District 189
Operation AmeriCorps-East St. Louis

East St. Louis Public Schools
1005 State Street
East St. Louis, IL 62201

85 AmeriCorps members will provide academic support and in- and out-of-school summer services to children in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. AmeriCorps members will also recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and career coaches. In addition, six AmeriCorps VISTA members will implement a city-wide College and Career Pathways program, focused on improving academic achievement and college and career planning. A team of 20 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will participate in a program that will include academic, recreation, and service learning projects for three months over the summer.

Corps Fellows Program in Community Development
Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development

Western Illinois University
1 University Circle 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2706

The Peace Corps Prep Program is essentially a pre-professional corps of rural community and economic developers. The program recruits recently returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) into a two-year graduate program at WIU. Fellows receive specialized training in community and economic development during the first year in the program, in order to prepare them for an eleven-month, community-based internship and full-time AmeriCorps assignment the second year of the program. During their AmeriCorps service, Fellows lead community and economic development projects and are responsible for mobilizing local volunteers to assist with the implementation of projects such as: downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurship development, tourism development, community housing, health education and outreach, volunteer management, and organizational capacity building.

MORE: Making
Opportunities for Reading Enrichment
Project MORE: Making Opportunities for Reading Enrichment

University of Illinois - Chicago
1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 355-4227

Project MORE focuses on economic opportunity by providing critically needed support services for Head Start parents. Through a research-based curriculum and adult education services, MORE is committed to developing lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency for Head Start and child care families. MORE provides: tutoring for parents in GED, English as a Second Language classes, employment readiness, as well as financial literacy workshops. In addition, MORE members provide Volunteer Management training to Head Start staff. The program helps AmeriCorps members gain the knowledge and skills to successfully work with families, increase access to resources for families and professionals, recruit volunteers and community members to sustain MORE for families accomplishments.

Northwestern University Settlement Association
Project YES! (Youth, Education, Service)

Northwestern University Settlement Association
1012 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (773) 278-7471, Ext. 1178

Project YES! connects caring adults with youth in and around the West Town Community. Members will be assigned to one site for the program year to have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with students and teachers. While at the site members will be partnered with classroom teachers to assist in all aspects of the academic curriculum. Members will also implement after-school programming based on the needs of the school. Regular training sessions will help members to better serve their schools and community, and give the members the opportunity to plan quality service events. Trainings will include: classroom management, community awareness, planning effective volunteer projects, and civic engagement. Project YES! is a team based corporative environment that encourages members to work together to increase understanding in the schools as well as increasing volunteerism in the community.

Public Allies
Public Allies Chicago

Public Allies Inc.
180 N. Michigan, Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 422-7777

For 23 years, Public Allies’ signature AmeriCorps program has been a vital bridge to employment and education opportunities for our AmeriCorps Allies. We are a leadership development organization that recruits diverse young adults with a passion for community service and places them into intensive non-profit apprenticeships. With AmeriCorps, Public Allies provides capacity building to roughly 40 community based agencies that are working to improve education, economic development, and community safety. Our model utilizes hands on experience, community building, and leadership development training to give our Members a well-rounded non-profit experience. We focus on recruiting Members from the Chicago region and each year work to build a cohort that represents the diversity of our great city. The apprenticeships are as diverse in responsibility as the Allies that fill them. Members play vital roles in project management, community outreach, and program support for non-profits, schools, and government agencies.

Our Allies also complete a separate Team Service Project during their term of service that is focused on collaborating with a local non-profit to deliver a specific result. This service project allows Allies to apply their learning, solve problems in a team-based setting, and expand their experience and networks into multiple communities around Chicago. Each Ally is assigned a Program Manager to ensure their development and performance objectives stay on track throughout the year. Ally apprenticeships traditionally lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service – over 80% of our alumni move on into careers in non-profit and government work.

“If you can do it by yourself, it’s not big enough.” Our organization was founded on the idea that our nation is stronger when we harness the ingenuity and can-do spirit of entire communities -- when everyone leads. We know that to successfully improve outcomes for our Allies, our community partner organizations, and our communities, we need strong and healthy partnerships! Join us as we expand the power of national service!

Rockford YMCA
Rockford Service Corps

YMCA of Rock River Valley
200 Y Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: (815) 489-1133

The YMCA of Rock River Valley will utilize AmeriCorps members to address educational and wellness needs in underserved populations/neighborhoods of the greater Rockford area. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving the health and nutritional habits of at-risk and underserved youth, teens and seniors; help to minimize the achievement gap in school performance between students of various income levels; develop positive programming through a partnership between the Rockford community, the YMCA and the Northwest Community Center. In addition. AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers that will be engaged in tutoring, mentoring and providing AmeriCorps members with program and logistical support.

Red Cross
Safe Families AmeriCorps Program

American Red Cross - Chicago
2200 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 729-6291

Safe Families AmeriCorps members will serve to organize community members across Illinois in making their cities, schools, organizations and households more resilient to emergencies. The member’s primary responsibility will be to teach, coordinate and lead emergency preparedness, planning and recovery activities in their assigned territories in support of the American Red Cross.

Family Foundation
Schuler Scholar Program

Schuler Family Foundation
100 N Field Dr Ste 360
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (224) 880-1220

Since 2001, the Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) has helped over 840 Lake and Cook County students prepare for, attend and graduate from the most selective colleges and universities in the United States. The SSP works with motivated yet underserved students beginning in the summer after 8th grade and continues to support them with professional development and personal growth opportunities throughout college and after graduation. Schuler Scholars come from populations that are under-represented on college campuses: Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color or come from low-income families and communities.

Urban League, Inc.
Springfield Urban League AmeriCorps

Springfield Urban League, Inc.
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 544-0873

The Springfield Urban League’s AmeriCorps Program is designed to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address unmet needs. Activities may include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting disaster victims, helping with community gardens, assisting with the organization of community programs (i.e. job preparedness, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, etc.) and also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.

Teach for
Teach for America

300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 254-1000 ext. 19259

Teach For America helps eliminate the academic opportunity gap by recruiting, selecting, preparing, supporting and developing the leadership talent committed to ending education inequity in our community. Teach For America corps members (first- and second-year teachers) are path-changing teachers. After their initial two-year commitment, alumni are life-long leaders and advocates for fundamental change in education, with the majority continuing their careers as veteran teachers, school leaders, or leaders within education reform organizations.

Coach Across America in Illinois

Up2Us Sports
1644 N. Honore, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 938-1248

Coach Across America (CAA) places and trains the nation’s best and brightest role models to bring sports-based youth development to our most underserved communities. Our coaches inspire children to be leaders and contributing members of their communities. CAA coaches understand that every program session, practice or game is a chance to positively impact a child’s future.

Up2Us' Coach Across America (CAA) program places and trains the nation's best and brightest role models to bring sports-based youth development to our most underserved communities. Our coaches inspire youth to be leading and contributing members of their communities. CAA coaches understand that every program session, practice, or game is a chance to positively impact a child's future.

Volunteers of Illinois
VOCAL AmeriCorps (Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy)

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
30 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 857-1582

Thirty-one AmeriCorps members (22.12 MSYs) will leverage 500 volunteers to provide increased economic and educational opportunities to two underserved populations – low literate economically disadvantaged adults residing in various communities in the greater Chicago area and teens incarcerated in the Illinois Youth Centers. Through the members and the volunteers they recruit, it is anticipated that 1400 low literate economically disadvantaged adults will receive one-to-one, small group or classroom instruction in basic literacy skills, ESL, or GED preparation and another 250 will receive job search assistance. Among the incarcerated youth, 300 will receive individualized tutorial instruction in math, reading and GED preparation.

WIU-QC/WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project

Western Illinois University
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: (309) 764-2400 ext. 62305

AmeriCorps members will be expanding and improving literacy skills for children at risk for failure, as well as under-served young children in the Quad Cities area. Greater literacy skills in early childhood have a direct impact on a person's future success in school.

Youth Guidance
Youth Guidance

Youth Guidance
1 N. LaSalle Street Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: (312) 253-4900

Members provide support for two programs directly impacting at-risk students at 18 Chicago public elementary and high schools. Twenty members will act as Sports Mentors for the Becoming a Man (BAM) program in at least 10 Chicago public high schools and 20 members will extend after school enrichment programming at eight Chicago public elementary schools as part of Youth Guidance's Community and After School Programs (CAP).

Youth & Opportunity United Serve Evanston and Skokie

Youth & Opportunity United
1027 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 866-1200

Y.O.U.’s “ Serve” AmeriCorps members deliver high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs in eight locations (three elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school) in Evanston and Skokie, Illinois. Our Serve members provide youth with tutoring and enrichment activities that improve their academic, social, and emotional skills.

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