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Serve Illinois Announces $17.5 Million For AmeriCorps Programs
39 programs will place more than 1,600 AmeriCorps Members in 65 counties

AmeriCorps Illinois Logo​​We are happy to announce $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities. This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties. These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service. AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.

These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services, assisting incarcerated individuals re-enter into their communities, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting veterans, and improving youth and adult literacy. 

Since 1994, 39,000 people have served 55 million hours in Illinois through AmeriCorps. Those hours equal more than $1.4 billion in community impact. AmeriCorps Members have also earned $131.7 million in education awards.

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

James Liu

James LiuJames Liu has been volunteering with Chicago's Logan Square Farmers Market for over three years. He'd be there no matter what, rain or shine, sleet or snow, to help the market run smoothly for all of those involved- helping farmers unload their week's bounty, pushing rain into the sewer system, salting sidewalks, shoveling snow... No matter what, he shows up when he can, just because. When we were short on help just two weeks ago, he showed up without question. That is James.

If he's not helping operate the market, he is attending the market as a die-hard supporter of our local food producers and farmers each week. He loves cooking, sharing recipes and using new and unusual ingredients. This past Sunday, he did a market show and tell, with a giant bucket of cucumbers ready for a late summer pickling project. He is an exemplary member of our farmers market community, advocating for a regional food system as a volunteer and supporter, and setting an example for what it means to be a wonderful neighbor.


Upcoming Events

8/10-20/2017​ Join us at the Illinois State Fair Governor's Tent
8/18/2017​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
9/1-30/2017​ National Preparedness Month