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Governor's Hometown Awards

HomeTown Awards Logo​​After a two year absence, the Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program has transitioned from the Department of Commerce and Economic Oppo​rtunity (DCEO) to the Serve Illinois Commission. The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to those that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that have strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact.

Serve Illinois, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is excited to be able to tie GHTA to its mission to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State.

Applicaitons are due by August 1, 2017

HomeTown Awards LogoPrevious Winners

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  • 2014 - Township of Edwardsville; Boundless Playground
  • 2013 - Mount Vernon; Lifeboat Alliance
  • 2012 - East St. Louis; F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden
  • 2011 - Mascoutah; Little Indians Youth Football Program
  • 2010 - Camp Point, Clayton, Golden & Coatsburg; School Fair
  • 2009 - Whiteside County; Sauk Valley Food Bank
  • 2008 - Mundelein; After School Coalition
  • 2007 - McLeansboro; Kid's Kingdom
  • 2006 - Champaign County; Women In Transition
  • 2005 - Adams County; Camp Callahan
  • 2004 - Kankakee County; Garden of Prayer Youth Center
  • 2003 - Country Club Hills; Emergency Services & Disaster Agency
  • 2002 - Champaign County; Crisis Nursery
  • 2001 - Effingham County; Ballard Nature Center
  • 2000 - Newton; Newton Public Library and Museum
  • 1999 - Whiteside County; Agape Care Center
  • 1998 - Ullin; River-to-River Residential Facilities
  • 1997 - Fairbury; Downtown Revitalization
  • 1996 - Woodford County; Heart House
  • 1995 - Tamms; Economic Development Attraction Activities
  • 1994 - Hinsdale; Wellness House
  • 1993 - Hoffman Estates; Children's Advocacy Center
  • 1992 - Joliet; Drug Free Youth In Touch
  • 1991 - Quincy; Good News
  • 1990 - Peoria; Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center
  • 1989 - Mason City; Nursing Home
  • 1988 - Brown County; Economic Development Attraction Activities
  • 1987 - Evanston; Council of Elders
  • 1986 - Royal; Community Building
  • 1985 - Decatur; Decatur Advantage
  • 1984 - Barry; Community Swimming Pool
  • 1983 - Wilsonville; Environmental Cleanup Advocacy​
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