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Give Back This Holiday Season with Illinois' Giving Tuesday
Serve Illinois is partnering with Forefront to help nonprofits raise $6 million in one day

Americorps Illinois LogoWe give thanks on Thanksgiving, go to the mall on Black Friday, and browse the web on Cyber Monday. Now, we have a day dedicated to giving back. On #ILGive for #Giving Tuesday— December 1 —, nonprofits, families, businesses, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Giving Tuesday is sponsored by ForeFront (formerly Donors Forum). Last year, the campaign helped over 600 charitable organizations raise nearly $4 million form 5,000 donors. This year, Illinois has one bold goal: $6 million raised by Illinois social impact organizations — in one day! We will only meet that goal with your help!

Register for #ILGive as a nonprofit participant, as a foundation or corporation, or sign up to receive an email reminder to give on December 1! Visit #ILGive is a day to support the organizations in your community that do incredible work year round.


Governor's Volunteer Service Awards - 2016
Nominations Now Being Accepted

Elmer Ragland and Scott McFarland at Awards CeremonyNominate great volunteers for this prestigious award - Now taking nominations online!

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For-profit businesses that support service will also be recognized.

Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 years and under), one adult (19-54 years old) and one retiree/senior (55 years and older) in each of the Commission's five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern). National Service Awards will be presented to one AmeriCorps and one Senior Corps member in each of the five regions. One award will be given to a for-profit business in each of the five service regions. Within each category, applications will be given special priority based on the areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, disaster preparedness/response, health, and veterans and military families.

Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by January 29, 2016. Recipients will be selected and notified by March 18, 2016. The Serve Illinois Commission will host a ceremony to honor recipients on April 13, 2016 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.


Upcoming Events

Date Event Location & Time
12/1/2015 Giving Tuesday
12/4/2015​ AmeriCorps Applicaitons Due to Serve Illinois 5:00pm
12/8/2015 AmeriCorps Program Director Call Conference Call

1:00pm - 2:00pm
1/18/2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Featured Volunteers

Vera Bright

Vera Bright 

Vera has volunteered for as long as she can remember. Vera is a people person and enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them better. When her husband passed away, she was very grateful that she had her volunteering to help her get out of the house and not just sit around and stare at four walls. Vera volunteers at her church, the local nursing home, at different food distribution areas and is a current member of the RSVP Advisory Council for DeWitt County. One of her favorite volunteer jobs is at the DeWitt County Museum during the Apple and Pork Festival. A few days before the festival, Vera spends a morning with a group of “Pickle Packers” who pack hundreds and hundreds of dill pickle spears into bags for one of the food booths. During the festival, she will work that same booth. Vera’s true passion is helping others when they can no longer do things for themselves. Vera has four days a month she calls her own. The rest of the month, you will find her cooking, cleaning, visiting or baking for others. She loves to bake cookies, cakes, pies and make candy, all to give to others. Her made from scratch apple cake is a favorite of many. Although Vera is quiet, her devotion to others speaks volumes.

Allison Schmidt

Allison Schmidt 

Allison Schmidt is 16 years old and attends Altamont High School. She lives in Altamont, which is in Effingham County. She is the daughter of David and Lana Schmidt, and has a brother, Grant, age 14. Besides volunteering, Allison is very active in 4H, and has won numerous honors and distinctions. Outside of 4H, she is involved in band, cheerleading, pottery classes, FFA (Future Farmers of America), FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and was recently inducted into National Honor Society.

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