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AmeriCorps Funding Available
Serve Illinois' Request for Applications Released

Americorps Illinois LogoThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois), in cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) are now accepting applications for the “AmeriCorps*State” grant.

“Each year, AmeriCorps Members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in their communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and their families, people with disabilities, the homeless, and many other individuals that need a helping hand to succeed.”

AmeriCorps grants are ​awarded to eligible organizations for the purpose of supporting AmeriCorps members and addressing community needs. An AmeriCorps Member is an individual who is enrolled in an approved national service position and engages in community service. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service members receive an education award from the National Service Trust.

You are the difference!!!
2015 is the Year of the Volunteer

Year of the VolunteerSign your organization up for the year of the volunteer.

2015 is the Year of the Volunteer in Illinois. The year's theme is "You are the difference."

The 2013 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that 2.57 million Illinoisans demonstrated their commitment to improving their communities by volunteering. This ranks Illinois the top volunteering state out of the eight most populated. Volunteerism throughout Illinois will increase during the year by celebrating community service and connecting and strengthening the already extensive network of organizations involved in service.

The year is sponsored by Generations Serving Generations and Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in cooperation with the Serve Illinois Commission, the Illinois Department on Aging, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Senate via Senate Resolution 1002.

You can take part in the Year of the Volunteer by helping your local community or faith based organization, emailing us about your organization's volunteers, or tweeting about your volunteers using #ServeIL.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
10/13/2015 AmeriCorps RFA Bidders Conference 1pm - 4pm

Carle Forum Building
Pollard Auditorium
602 W University Ave
Urbana, IL
(Free Parking is available at the Champaign Country Fairground with shuttle service to the forum. Call 217-722-6370 for questions)
10/15/2015 AmeriCorps RFA Bidders Conference 1pm - 4pm

John A. Logan College
Conference Center (Building F), Room F119
700 Logan College Rd
10/16/2015​ Northwest Illinois / MVDOVIA Volunteerism Conference WIU Moline Riverfront Campus
3300 River Drive

Featured Volunteers

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 

Wells Fargo is creates a culture of employee volunteerism by providing resources, programs, and recognition that empower team members to support the causes they care about. Last year alone, Wells Fargo Springfield team members volunteered a total of 3,694.5 hours in the community. The Springfield office of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has a strong relationship with United Way of Central Illinois, where many team members participate in Days of Action. For the local 2014 United Way Days of Action events, Wells Fargo came in with a total of 528 hours in two days. Local team members donate almost 700 hours each year to Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. Wells Fargo team members in Illinois contributed more than 30,000 volunteer hours to community development, education, human services, and many other civic and cultural organizations across the state. Nationally, United Way recognized Wells Fargo for leading the largest workplace giving campaign in the U.S. for the sixth consecutive year.

Cecilia Montesdeoca

Trisha Horner 

Trisha grew up in Northern Minnesota. She attended design school, tailoring school, and then tech school for biomedical engineering. After graduating, she designed lingerie in New York for five years. She then worked in a hospital for biomedical engineering for 15 years. After having two children, Horner decided fibers were her passion. That’s when she started the non-profit organization, Fibers of Love, which seeks to sew for the community, county, country, and the world. Fibers of Love located in Bloomington has grown from its 8 original volunteers to 48. They meet every Monday throughout the year (with the exception of January and February) from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to work on different sewing projects. The group has created various items from grocery bags for local Home Sweet Home Ministries, to quilts for infants across the border, to backpacks for a boy’s orphanage in Montana. Fibers of Love works with YWCA McLean County’s RSVP program to recruit retired individuals, both those who have a passion for sewing, and those who don’t, as Horner finds a use for all the individuals that would like to pitch in.

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