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Senior Corps Week 2017 Proclamation

State of Illinois Executive Department Proclamation

WHEREAS, service to others is a hallmark of the American character, and throughout our history citizens have stepped up to meet our challenges by volunteering in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the Senior Corps National Service program allows Illinoisans 55 and older the opportunity to share their expertise and passion; and

WHEREAS, each year Senior Corps, including Foster Grandparents Program, Senior Companions Program, and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, places more than 11,000 volunteers in communities throughout Illinois; and

WHEREAS, these Senior Corps members have helped over 3,600 Illinois children to read, assisted over 590 seniors stay in their homes, and supported over 1,400 organizations to better serve their communities here in Illinois; and

WHEREAS, Senior Corps volunteers contribute in ways such as veterans' assistance, disaster preparedness, and poverty reduction, and the over 3,500,000 Senior Corps hours contributed each year is valued at over $90 million; and

WHEREAS, Senior Corps Week, May 15 through 19, 2017, is an opportune time for the people of Illinois to salute Senior Corps volunteers for their service; thank Senior Corps' community partners; and bring more Americans into service;

THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois, do hereby proclaim May 15-19, 2017 as Senior Corps Week in Illinois, and urge citizens to thank Senior Corps volunteers for their service and to find ways to give back to their communities.