1,000 Illinois residents pledging for National Service Recognition Day

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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring October 12 National Service Recognition Day, and one thousand residents will be turning out to celebrate helping their communities.

A celebration will begin at 9 AM at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Volunteers will receive training and recognition at the center then head out to do several projects benefiting many Springfield organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, the Central Illinois Blood Center and many more.

There will also be a parade at the Old State Capitol starting at 3:15 PM.

Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland will lead the members in the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps pledges at the Old State Capitol, during which volunteers will proclaim their commitment to a year of service to Illinois.

The event will also celebrate a national milestone of the one-millionth AmeriCorps Member to serve since 1994.

2,200 current AmeriCorps members have dedicated a year to helping communities meet their unmet economic, education, health, public safety or environmental needs. Members receive a living allowance, student loan deferment and training.

Since 1994, 37,000 Illinois residents have served more than 52 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $1.3 billion.

Senior Corps Members use their experience to support communities through the RSVP, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs. These 55 years and older volunteers serve as mentors, coaches and companions to people in need. There are more than 11,000 seniors serving.

For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of more than 2,5000 volunteer opportunities in the state, visit the organization’s website.

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