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Serve Illinois Newsletter
May 2016

May 2016 Newsletter BannerServe Illinois has released the May 2016 Newsletter. In this edition, you will be able to learn about our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards, Illinois' successful Mayor and County Day of Recognition, the new Illinois Disaster Corps, Service Learning, and much more.

This edition marks the return of the Serve Illinois Newsletter in an all digital format. Look for new editions every few months! We will be using this newsletter to highlight the great work being done throughout the State of Illinois. We will show you the people who are devoting their personal time to make someone else’s life a little better. We will give you ideas on how you can give back. Most importantly, we will strive to show you what our communities need.

Serve Illinois Presents Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
Awardess recognized on April 13th

Governor Rauner and AwardeesThe Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented 25 Illinoisans and 5 businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 13, 2016. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

“These 30 awardees represent the work that 2.51 million Illinoisans do each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director. “The work these individuals and businesses do make the lives of thousands better through volunteer efforts including helping the homeless, youth education and assisting needy veterans. We are honored to have the opportunity to highlight their service.”

This year, Governor Bruce Rauner and Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Nirav Shah, attended the event.

Additionally, in 2016 awardees included the most senior and junior award winners since the awards induction. They are Bennie Mae Gavin at 91 years of age, a Foster Grandparent who works with disadvantaged youth, and Kellon Oldenettel, who collected thousands of socks for local homeless individuals, at 7 years of age.


Volunteer of the Week

Jennifer Hickey

Jennifer HickeyMeet Jennifer Hickey, she is a senior majoring in the Social Work, and CAP Programs at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Jennifer is involved in a variety of volunteer opportunities on campus at UIS. She has sustained a heavy involvement in Leadership for Life. Last year she served as the Youth and Ed Committee chair, and coordinated last year’s homecoming service project. Now she has become one of two co-directors for Leadership for Life. She helps to create volunteer projects, facilitate meetings with the executive board and committees, as well as control the budget. In addition to Leadership for Life, Jennifer is the Entertainment Chair for the Dance Marathon at UIS. This second year organization is connected through the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center. Jennifer’s service includes creating crafts, music lists, and the menu for the marathon event. She also helps to fundraise for Alternative Spring Break, is a CAP Mentor, and CAP peer tutor. Her service as a mentor and peer tutor for the last two years earned her recognition, and she received the Mentor of the Year Award. She is now the senior tutor at Writing Studios on campus.

Though she is very involved on campus, Jennifer’s primary involvement is now at the Autism Clinic through the Hope institute for Children and Families. She has been an intern for the last two semesters, and spends about 25-30 hours a week helping diagnose kids on the ASD spectrum, providing therapy groups for kids and families, and also providing resources for families and the community. For her CAP Senior Symposium and STARS presentation Jennifer has been researching the availability/lack of services surrounding Autism in Illinois, as well as policies that go with it. She plans to graduate in May and pursue a graduate degree in Social Work.

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Upcoming Events

5/10/2016 AmeriCorps Program Director Call Conference Call

1pm - 2pm
5/15-17/2016 Global Youth Service Day
5/20/2016 AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS