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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

Ron Pearson

Ron PearsonRon, 84, a member of RSVP of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois is a tremendous Senior Corps volunteer in the Galesburg, Knox County Area of West Central IL.

This picture shows Ron helping to pack food for the 410 children served by Blessings in a Backpack in Galesburg CUSD #205 in December 2016. He always has a ready smile and ready hands to help wherever needed. Ron has been a “go to” guy for the packing of food during Knox College school breaks since the Blessings program partnered with RSVP to expand the program to multiple schools. Blessings in a Backpack in Galesburg had humble beginnings of serving one elementary school by mostly Knox College students in a school building close to campus. In 2013 when it expanded to four schools and needed a bigger space to gather, sort, and pack the food, Ron was one of the first RSVP members to join the fun. This assistance is especially important when the college students were absent due to their college scheduled winter break that does not coincide with the CUSD school schedule has at risk kids in need of food for the weekends through December.

Without the RSVP volunteers like Ron, the Blessings in a Backpack program serving Galesburg elementary kids would have to be on hold when the Knox College students are on their scheduled breaks.

Ron is also an active volunteer as an usher at the Historic Orpheum Theatre of Galesburg, giving his personal million dollar smile greeting to all who patronize the theatre when he is there. His ability to serve any time of the day is especially helpful for the YES -Youth Education Series at the Orpheum which provides live performances for school children during the school day.

Ron truly makes a difference for the youth of the Galesburg Community.


Upcoming Events

7/25-27/2017​ AmeriCorps Program Director Training Springfield
8/1/2017​ Governor's Hometwon Awards Nominations Due
8/8/2017​ AmeriCorps Program Director Call Conference Call

1pm - 2pm