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Welcome to Serve Illinois


AmeriCorps Funds Now Available from Serve Illinois
Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities

AmeriCorps Illinois Logo​​We are now accepting applications for programs that wish to utilize and place AmeriCorps Members in 2018. AmeriCorps members serve their communities by improving education and health care, protecting public safety, safeguarding the environment, providing disaster relief, and promoting civic engagement.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations for the purpose of supporting AmeriCorps members and addressing community needs. 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 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans. If the member is 55 or over, they may transfer the education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.

Serve Illinois administers the AmeriCorps state programs in Illinois and is charged with enhancing and supporting community volunteerism. Serve Illinois is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and currently supports 39 AmeriCorps programs throughout the state.

Hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans are being helped by AmeriCorps Members every day. Now is your chance to have AmeriCorps work in your communities to get things done!

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

Stephen Eddington

Stephen EddingtonStephen Eddington is a new AmeriCorps Member with AmeriCorps East. St. Louis at the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House. He came to AmeriCorps specifically looking for a chance to grow professionally as well as an opportunity to give back. As a pantry support Member Stephen helps feed an average of 2,000 people each month. He’s responsible for packing and handling the food boxes. He also assists the senior citizens who may need help carrying the food boxes to their vehicles.

Stephen doesn’t mind going the extra mile to make someone smile. He enjoys taking the initiative and assisting anyone who needs help. His positive attitude is a breath of fresh air, and his eagerness to serve is a great sight to see. AmeriCorps East St. Louis is honored that he’s serving here with them.

Learn more about AmeriCorps and how you can serve at


Upcoming Events

9/1-30/2017​ National Preparedness Month
9/28/2017​ AmeriCorps Application Bidders Conference 10am - 12pm
10/5/2017​ AmeriCorps Application Bidders Conference 2pm - 4pm