SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn
is announcing 30 new members to the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism
and Community Service.
is supported by the Illinois Department of Human Services and aids the
AmeriCorps state program. The new commissioners will meet Wednesday for the
first time in Springfield
and serve three-year terms.
The announcement was made in advance of
Thursday's National Service Recognition Day. The ceremony at the state Capitol,
called "Everyone Can Serve," will feature nearly 1,000 Illinois residents
taking a pledge of another year of helping communities through service.
A parade will follow in downtown Springfield.
Quinn announced $8.4 million in federal
money earlier this year for Illinois'
AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps volunteers give a year of service in education,
human services, environmental quality, health and safety.