Serve 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.
The 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.