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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.

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Governor Rauner Proclaims January Mentoring Month

Mentoring Month ProclamationJanuary is Mentoring Month in Illinois. Over 400 programs in Illinois work to provide tens of thousands of youth with mentors. Those youth are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 27% less likely to start drinking, and are more likely to make positive plans for their futures.

Mentoring works! Unfortunately, only 3% of youth in Illinois are currently served by a mentoring program. Hundreds of thousands of our youth need positive role models in their lives. Even if you only have one hour a week to volunteer, you can serve as a mentor. That one hour, or more, dedicated to a child can change their life forever. All you need to do is volunteer!

For more information on how you can volunteer to be a mentor, visit www.ILMentoring.org.

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Volunteer of the Week

Mark Floerke

Mark FloerkeAs a newcomer to the Chicago area Mark was interested in contributing to the local community, with no expectations and no idea how much he would get back from mentoring, or how big a difference it would make to CJ (Cornell Jr.) and those he touches.

When CJ and Mark met, they quickly found common ground in their love of food. This has remained constant in their relationship and has also been an evolution. Mark works in food ingredient application research for ADM which helped make for some interesting ideas and discussion, and CJ has tried more new things than he ever would have imagined before.

In elementary school CJ was getting a lot of C’s and even D’s, but the teachers saw that there was more to him. Not long after Mark and CJ were matched, CJ started getting straight A’s and has maintained this most of the time right through to high school as a senior including placement in honors and advance placement classes. He has been accepted by 2 colleges and also qualifies for scholarships to pursue his degree in electrical engineering.

“We’ve had a lot of adventures and good times together with so many different learning opportunities, often for the both of us, from learning to maintain and repair a bicycle to now repairing and looking after a used car to get around. He has learned to play the guitar and we play a song together by one of his favorite artists, Bruno Mars. He also enjoys volunteering with me and has joined me a couple of times help serve at the Good Samaritan Inn, as well as other events around town with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, and United Way.

Seeing how much he has changed over the past 7-1/2 years and the positive impact he is now having on others as well, is the biggest reward I never had anticipated to experience from this.”

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Upcoming Events

1/1-31/2017​ National Mentoring Month
1/20/2017​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
2/7/2017​ Serve Illinois Commission Meeting Springfield and Chicago (Location TBD)
1pm-4pm

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please email us.
2/17/2017​ Nominations Due for Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
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