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Congratulations to the 2017
Governor's Volunteer Awards Recipients!

AwardsIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 24 Illinoisans and four businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service. The Governor has also proclaimed April 23-29 as National Volunteer Week in Illinois.

Nearly 200 nominations were received by the Commission in six categories (adult, AmeriCorps, business, senior, Senior Corps, and youth) from the Commission’s five service regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central, and Southern). Commissioners reviewed the nomination applications and selected 28 award winners.

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!

Here is what the 1,600 AmeriCorps Members did last year:

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  • $47,765,748 – Service hours to Illinois communities
  • 298,334 – Illinoisans served​​
  • ​2,679,584 – Meals served to 16,729 people​
  • 180,469 – Youth served
  • 127,320 – Students tutored/mentored
  • 37,954 – Active military members, military family members, and veterans served
  • 25,000 – People received legal services
  • 17,833 – Non-AmeriCorps volunteers recruited that served 260,049 hours worth $6,589,642
  • 13,050 - People affected by disasters served
  • 6,695 – People received health education services
  • 4,018 – Homeless individuals served
  • 2,822 – People received job training
  • 2,793 – Adults received literacy education services
  • 2,239 – People with disabilities served
  • 2,115 – Victims of violence served
  • 1,048 – K-12 Schools served
  • 543 – Nonprofit organization served
  • 106 – Faith-based organizations served
  • 32 – Colleges and universities served

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Volunteer of the Week

Kate Beaumont

Kate BeaumontKate Beaumont, an administrative judge, volunteered with iMentor because she was looking for a structured and relationship-based way to mentor a Chicago Public School student. Since being matched with Lorneesha in October 2015, Kate has not only invested in Lorneesha’s development, but has also learned from Lorneesha.

Lorneesha is in the culinary career program at school but surprised Kate by expressing interest in pursuing a law degree. Kate invited Lorneesha to shadow her in the courtroom, opening Lorneesha’s eyes to various career paths possible in the field of law. Using iMentor’s curriculum as a guide, Kate has worked with Lorneesha on a college and career plan that provides continued flexibility as she explores her career interests – whether they are culinary or legal.

The two have also built a strong personal relationship. Lorneesha plays volleyball and basketball and since the passing of her father, hasn’t had someone consistently rooting for her at games. Kate has attended games and competitions, cheering Lorneesha on every step of the way. While becoming a part of Lorneesha’s world, Kate has also welcomed Lorneesha to be a part of hers. When Kate got married this past summer, Lorneesha was a guest at her wedding.

Lorneesha will be the first in her family to attend college and has already been accepted to the Art Institute of Atlanta, the College of DuPage, Kennedy-King College, Northwestern Michigan College, and Robert Morris University Illinois. Kate has committed to standing in the gap and being the champion Lorneesha needs as she navigates the road to college and beyond. Kate recently shared that “while iMentor has opened Lorneesha’s eyes to things she has never considered, it has also certainly done at least that, if not more, for me.”

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor like Kate, email iMentor to learn more.


Upcoming Events

4/23-29/2017​ National Volunteer Week
4/25/2017​ Serve Illinois Commission Meeting Springfield
Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please email us.
4/25/2017​ Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL