Serve Illinois Commission Announces $15.6 Million for AmeriCorps Programs

28 grantees will place 1,682 AmeriCorps volunteers in communities


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service announced $8.6 million in Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) federal grants to enable 1,682 volunteers in 28 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $7 million is available for college education awards.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer.  “Building on Illinois’s strong tradition of neighbor-helping-neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state.  As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunities for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.”

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, and improving youth and adult literacy.  The Serve Illinois Commission, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.

“When communities volunteer, we see an increase in economic strength and education, and a decrease in crime,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Illinois is fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and talents to help turnaround troubled areas and strengthen Illinois one community at a time.”


AmeriCorps members dedicate a year to helping communities meet their unmet economic, education, health, public safety, or environmental needs.  Members receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, and training.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,730 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to expand our AmeriCorps and volunteer services in Illinois,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “AmeriCorps members work every day to support thousands of Illinoisans in need including 425,000 disadvantaged youth and 10,000 veterans and military family members.  These new members are going to make a lasting positive impact in the lives of people throughout the state.”

AmeriCorps programs receiving funds from Serve Illinois:


Program Location Service Focus Funding


ABC AmeriCorps – Sauk Valley Community College

Lee, Whiteside,
Carroll, Ogle, Bureau & Henry Counties



Academy for Urban School Leadership

Chicago Education



AmeriCorps East St. Louis – Lessie Bates Neighborhood House East St. Louis Education and Health



AmeriCorps Prisoner and Family Ministries – Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Statewide Economic Opportunity



Asian Human Services Chicago Economic Opportunity, Education, and Health



Belleville AmeriCorps – South Western Illinois College

Belleville Education and Capacity Building



City Year Chicago Chicago Education



Coach Across America – Up2Us Chicago Health



Early Childhood Literacy Project – Western Illinois University Moline Education



Fostering Transition – Children’s Home

Peoria Economic Opportunity and Education



Greater Chicago Food Depository
Chicago Health and Veteran Services



Housing Forward West Cook County Economic Opportunity



Illinois Justice Corps – Illinois Bar Foundation

Statewide Economic Opportunity and Veteran Services



Illinois Public Health Association Statewide Disaster Services and Health



Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps – Rend Lake College Southern Illinois Education and Environmental Stewardship




Operation AmeriCorps – East St. Louis School District

East St. Louis Economic Opportunity and Education



Peace Corps Fellows – Western Illinois University Statewide Economic Opportunity and Disaster Services



Project MORE – University of Illinois – Chicago Chicago Economic Opportunity and Education



Project YES! – Northwestern University Settlement Association Chicago Education



Public Allies Chicago Chicago Economic Opportunity



Rockford Service Corps – YMCA of Rock River Valley Rockford Education and Health



Safe Families AmeriCorps – American Red Cross Statewide

Disaster Services



Schuler Scholar Program – Schuler Family Foundation Lake Forest




Springfield Urban League