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Serve Illinois Commission Announces $15.6 Million for AmeriCorps Programs
32 grantees will place almost 1,600 AmeriCorps volunteers in communities

AmeriCorps LogoThe Serve Illinois Commi​ssion on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) today announced approximately $9.2 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to almost 1,600 volunteers in 32 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $6.4 million will support education awards for the volunteers after their service is completed.

“This year we were able to leverage enough federal funds to expand AmeriCorps’ reach into new counties throughout the state,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. “AmeriCorps members work every day to support thousands of Illinoisans in need including 425,000 disadvantaged youth and 10,000 veterans and military family members. These volunteers are going to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans.”

AmeriCorps members dedicate a year to helping communities meet their unmet economic, education, health, public safety, and environmental needs. Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, and training. Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,775 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

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Volunteer of the Week

JC Kids' Lunch Bunch

This week’s volunteer of the week is a group from Johnston City, IL known as the JC Kids’ Lunch Bunch. This isn’t your average summer lunch program! For the last seven years Johnston City’s Free Will Baptist Church has hosted the summer lunch program. Kids’ and their parents or care providers are able to attend and enjoy a free meal. Thanks to the USDA lunch is served, but kids don’t just have to eat and go home! After the meal the children are engaged in a multitude of activities from bounce houses, musical entertainment, or a fire truck “hose down” to name just a few. 

Throughout the week JC Kids’ Lunch Bunch can serve up to as many as 75 children. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of wonderful volunteers. The JC Kids’ Lunch Bunch is all made possible by 100 percent volunteer effort. Each day there are about 15 to 20 volunteers that help serve meals and facilitate activities. 

The program runs every day beginning at 11:30 A.M. this month will mark the end of the program until next summer! You can see some of the fun that happens on their Facebook page JC Kids’ Lunch Bunch!

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Upcoming Events

8/9/2016 AmeriCorps Program Director Call 1:00pm
Conference Call
8/10/2016 Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA)/a> Chicago
8/15-18/2016​ Midwest Community Development Institute (CDI) Moline