AmeriCorps Funding AvailableServe Illinois' Request for Applications Released
The 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.
Sign 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.
September 3 - Serve Illinois Commission Announces $15.6 Million for AmeriCorps Programs - posted by Serve Illinois Staff
September 2 - Illinois State’s Stevenson Center Offers Up to $60,000 to Their AmeriCorps Alumni Students - originally posted by AmeriCorps Alums
August 21 - A Mutually Inspiring Journay ― Monday, May 11 - originally posted by City Year Chicago
Dec. 19 - Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States: 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service - posted by Serve Illinois Staff
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Ed was born in San Clemente, California and moved to Peoria at age 6. He attended local schools and was a paper carrier. While a high school student at Central High School he was a manager at Hardees opening the store before classes. In 1993 he started his career repairing wheelchairs and in 2003 he began working at National Seating & Mobility designing wheelchairs to fit children with disabilities. Working with insurance companies, he pursues the funding to make the mobility a reality. Ed is married to Melissa & they have 3 children that attend Holy Family School in Peoria where Ed is a Eucharistic Minister, Men’s Club member, Heritage Days chair, basketball coach, & fundraiser for the past 9 years. He also mentors Limestone High School ROTC & Elite youth.
Cecilia's first extensive field service experience was in Pisco, Peru in 2010 where she spent 8 months as a project manager for a disaster recovery non-profit. She returned to the US in 2011 and completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Community Health Education at Illinois State University. After graduating Cecilia completed a term of service with the Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps Program working in Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the McLean County Health Department. Cecilia is currently serving another term with AmeriCorps, this time with the National Civilian Community Corps Southwest Region in Denver. Since the start of her term with NCCC, Cecilia has led a team of 10 young adults on service projects in Houston, Little Rock, and St. Louis. Upon completing her second term with NCCC, Cecilia plans on attending graduate school at Illinois State University as a candidate for a Masters of Anthropology. In the future Cecilia hopes to pursue a career in service work and program management.
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