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The Governor's Hometown Awards are back!
Seeking Nomination From Illinois Communities

HomeTown Awards Logo​​The Serve Illinois Commission is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards program. The program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact.

Serve Illinois, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is excited to be able to tie the Governor’s Hometown Awards to its mission to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. Adding the Governor’s Hometown Awards, which recognizes community projects, to Serve Illinois’ existing Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which recognizes individual volunteer efforts, will only strengthen volunteer recognition throughout Illinois.

Interested townships, villages, cities, and counties can apply now through August 1, 2017 for projects that use volunteers in their communities for the period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. For additional information regarding program criteria and the application process, click here.

What Does National Service Mean to Illinois?

CNCS Report on IllinoisAcross Illinois members of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs serve their communities and "Get Things Done" for America!

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Volunteer of the Week

Lee Lindsay

Lee LindsayLee Lindsay puts 100% of herself into everything she does. This is especially true of her community volunteer service. Over the years, Lee has been, and continues to be an active volunteer involved with several organizations. Lee was a teacher, by profession, having taught special education at Quincy High School for 25 years.

Lee has made an impact on lives through her tireless community service. She has served on The Salvation Army Advisory Board, and is the incoming chair for this year. In 2012 Lee chaired The Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign that successfully went over goal. She also volunteers in our social services programs.

Lee served as chair of Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years, assisting in building more than 20 homes. Seeing the need for a halfway house for women transitioning out of prison, Lee opened Well House, a home that bridges the gap from prison to independent living. Lee is a friend and mentor to each of the residents, as she helps them work toward self-sufficiency. Lee is a past board member of Chaddock, and current board member of Arts Quincy. She is involved in Quincy Community Theater. She is a volunteer with CASA, which trains adults to be court appointed advocates for children, and she is involved in prison ministry. Lee is a board member of Addicts Victorious.

Lee sees a need and goes to work to find a solution. Her service has helped strengthen our community through her continued commitment of time, talent and treasure. Her ideas and suggestions for improvement coupled with her ongoing involvement with these organizations helps assure continued excellence in service delivery in our community.


Upcoming Events

7/20/2017​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
7/25-27/2017​ AmeriCorps Program Director Training Springfield
8/1/2017​ Governor's Hometwon Awards Nominations Due