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Rules & Planning


Serve Illinois operates under several federal statutes including​:

  • The Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973
  • The National and Community Service Act of 1990
  • The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009

To learn more about these laws and to view their complete text, please visit the Corporation for National and Community Service's Serve America Act page.

Serve Illinois also operates under the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act (PA 98‑0692). The full text can be found at the Illinois General Assembly's Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Act (20 ILCS 1345) page.

Serve Illinois operates under the By-Laws as amended by the Commission on November 7, 2017​. Commission By-Laws.

Serve Illinois is required to produce a State Service Plan every three years. The State Service Plan is an outline to help increase volunteerism and service throughout Illinois. In 2020, the Commission approved the latest three-year State Service Plan: Serve Illinois State Service Plan 2020-20​22.​​​