Governor Pat Quinn and his Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced that a $4.4 million federal grant will help more than 1,000 volunteers in seven AmeriCorps programs better serve Illinois communities. The federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) funding represents a 36 percent increase over 2013. Today's announcement is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to supporting volunteer service in Illinois.
"AmeriCorps is the foundation of the volunteer infrastructure in Illinois, and this investment will help them do even more in Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "There is no better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps than by investing in their mission to address the most challenging problems our communities face."
This competitive grant will go towards teaching, tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, supporting literacy programs, preparing for disasters, and improving underserved communities. CNCS is the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, and its goal with the grant is to develop and expand volunteer organizations across the country. The Serve Illinois Commission administers AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.