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AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity
Serve Illinois Seeking Applicants for Next Year

AmeriCorps LogoThe Serve Illinois Commission announced that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in Illinois. AmeriCorps programs are designed to improve education and health care, protect pu​blic safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement in communities across Illinois.

AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment and training. Full-time members are also eligible to receive a modest living allowance and health insurance. Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,815 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans. If the member is 55 years or older, they may transfer the education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.

Applications are due by December 2, 2016. Funded programs will begin work in July or August of 2017.

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Volunteer of the Week

Sheryn Strauss

Sheryn StraussSheryn Strauss has been a volunteer with the Shawnee Alliance Volunteer Money Management Program since 1997.

During Sheryn’s 19 years of volunteer service she has provided assistance to low-income older adults with money management tasks such as: managing income and expenses, writing checks to pay bills, balancing and reconciling bank statements. This unique role as a volunteer has allowed these older adults Sheryn has assisted to remain independent in their own homes.

Sheryn has always been willing to work with challenging situations. Sheryn strives to assist and meet the needs of the clients. Sheryn provides home visits to clients to deliver spending money and food money. She would also shop for the clients if needed. Sheryn will always take the time to visit with her client and inquire about the needs of her client to refer for services in the community if needed. Sheryn makes deliveries to provider agencies so clients have money for food and personal needs.

When asked how she felt about her volunteer experience Sheryn stated “Volunteering has allowed me to meet and assist some very interesting people through the years. I have enjoyed listening to their stories and being available to provide support to those who have no family or support system in their lives. I feel I developed good relationships with the clients I have assisted in the Volunteer Money Management Program.”

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Upcoming Events

10/17/2016​ Illinois AmeriCorps NOFO Webinar Online Webinar
To connect to the webinar go to Call in: 888-494-4032 Passcode: 4037150212#

2pm - 4pm
10/20/2016​ AmeriCorps PER Due in EGrAMS
10/22/2016​ Make a Difference Day