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Nominate Volunteers for the Govenor's Volunteer Service Awards
Applications Due Feburary 17, 2017

Award WinnerServe Illinois presents the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize in​dividual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois.

Awards are given to one youth, adult, senior, AmeriCorps Member, Senior Corps volunteer, and business in each of Illnois' five regions.

Winners of the awards will be honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield on April 25, 2017.


Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteering Among Largest States!
Chicago Top in Voluntering Among Largest Metropolitan Areas!

Illinois PostcardThank you to all the volunteers in Illinois for making us number one!

The recently released 2015 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that 2.4 million Illinoisans volunteered and helped to make Illinois the top volunteering state out of the five most populated states in the country.

The Chicago metropolitan area also had the highest volunteerism rate among the four largest cities. Illinois volunteers served nearly 287 million total hours, which is valued at $7.3 billion!

“Illinoisans volunteer hundreds of millions of hours to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “These volunteers make our state a great place to live. They support our veterans, give comfort to the homeless, help educate our children, respond to disasters, and so much more.”

According to CNCS, 62.6 million Americans (or 1 in 4 adults, 24.9 percent) volunteered 7.8 billion hours last year. Based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $184 billion.

Additionally, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Eighty percent of volunteers donated to charity, compared to 40 percent of non-volunteers. Volunteers are 27 percent more likely to find a job. This likelihood increases for rural volunteers (55 percent) and volunteers without a high school diploma (51 percent).

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Volunteer of the Week

Lindy Rubin

Lindy RubinLindy Rubin has been bringing art appreciation to young children at the Child Care Center of Evanston for over 15 years. At the beginning of each year she and the teachers sit down and choose great works of art for the children to learn from. Lindy comes monthly and talks about the artist and their work and the teachers have projects for the children based on the style of the artist. The discussions with the children expand knowledge and increase vocabulary. Ms Rubin also shares her collection of beaded love letters and costume pieces from South Africa. The ‘Reading Art” program culminates in a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago where Lindy shows the children the artwork in situ. Other visitors at the Institute listen to our 3, 4 and 5 year olds children discuss pointillism in front of ‘Sunday in the Park” and the brush strokes in Van Gogh’s Bedroom.

Lindy visits other Centers in Evanston and several CPS schools with her program; she believes strongly that children should be exposed to beautiful art at an early age. She is always upbeat and interested in what the children have to say about the artwork. Without Ms Rubin’s dedication and volunteerism we would not be able to have this wonder enrichment program, we are very grateful and look forward to next year’s choice of artists.

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Upcoming Events

12/13/2016​ AmeriCorps Program Director Call Conference Call

1pm - 2pm
12/18/2016​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
1/16/2017​ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service