Illinois AmeriCorps State Programs
AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps Members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs are determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.
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Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit AmeriCorps.gov.
Serve Illinois administers 45 AmeriCorps State programs in operation for the 2021-2022 program year and over 1,800 Members committing to a year of service. These Members serve 70+ counties in over 400 host sites.
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AmeriCorps State and National Awardees
3400 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634-0990
Our AmeriCorps members will serve in one of AUSL’s thirty-one schools with the promise that all students have access to an excellent education, right in their own neighborhoods in Chicago. The AmeriCorps members will serve in classrooms teaching children in Chicago Public Schools and alongside a mentor teacher to learn highly-effective teaching strategies. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will become Chicago Public School Teacher, earn a master’s degree from DePaul University and obtain their Illinois Professional Teaching License.
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
AmeriCorps Benefits the Community (ABC AmeriCorps) of Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) is a community benefiting service, focused on growing, changing, and responding to the needs of 6 counties in northwest Illinois. Needs are met by ABC AmeriCorps expanding the ability of schools and organizations to provide services addressing educational and human needs, thus improving the quality of life in the Sauk Valley community.
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
1200 N. 13th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62205
Phone: (618) 874-0777
AmeriCorps East St. Louis/Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House (the Neighborhood House) is designed to improve the academic skills of the students in District 189 by all means possible. AmeriCorps East St. Louis is designed to address a broad range of community needs by addressing the following: 1) Education: understanding that children must obtain a good education, graduate from high school, and pursue post-secondary education programs; 2) Fighting Hunger: In the St. Clair County alone, research demonstrates that food insecurity leads to poor academic performance; therefore we seek alternatives by means of providing food through our food pantry to those in need--which is approximately 15,800 persons who live in extreme poverty throughout the county and 3) Building Capacity: in this focus area we are working to build character among Corps Members and youth in our community and aligning them on a positive trajectory to becoming self-sufficient while grooming our future leaders. In addition, our Corps Members are actively engaged in District 189 students’ academic assistance, also our Corps Members actively operate a food pantry in the community and complete a variety of other community service projects that will lead to positive and meaningful outcomes.
Belleville AmeriCorps program, established in 1995, is a partnership between Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville School District #118, Belleville School District #175, the city of Belleville, and Franklin Neighborhood Association. The program supports neighborhood and school initiatives that strengthen the community through service. AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, computer coaches, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors. Through service, AmeriCorps members: increase youth academic success through tutoring; provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth after school and during the summer; recruit, support, and train volunteers to serve organizations in the Belleville area; and develop leadership skills by participating in team-building and service-learning activities.
Chicago HOPES for Kids was incorporated in 2010 to provide academic support for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Chicago HOPES for Kids will host 20 AmeriCorps members who will focus on services to children at homeless and domestic violence shelters, primarily on Chicago’s south and west sides. They will work to improve the children’s academic performance in literacy and math while providing them with fun enrichment activities that focus on STEM, nutrition, culture, and art.
800 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
The City of Springfield AmeriCorps program works with several partner agencies in the community including the Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois, Computer Banc, Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, and St. Patrick's Catholic School. Member activities include mentoring youth to encourage them to stay in school and prepare them for their future role in the workforce, providing technology to low-income community members, and supporting and growing programs at their partner sites. City of Springfield AmeriCorps members is making a difference and getting things done in Springfield!
The Comprehensive Care, Community, and Culture Program (C4P) aim to improve the overall health and well-being of patients in the program by addressing a wide range of both medical and social needs. The C4P program builds off of the Comprehensive Care Physician Program, which offers patients at high risk of hospitalization a comprehensive care physician (CCP) who cares for them in both the hospital and the clinic. In addition to receiving care from a CCP, C4P patients are regularly asked about a range of unmet social needs and are given access to a community health worker and community-based arts and culture programming. C4P is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is being studied as a randomized trial at the University of Chicago.
Each year, 12 AmeriCorps members serve in the C4P program at one of our three sites: the University of Chicago, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, and Rush Medical Center. Although exact activities vary according to each host site, members will engage in some or all of the following activities: 1) recruit Medicare and Medicaid patients of diverse ages who are at increased risk of hospitalization for a program designed to serve their medical and social needs, 2) assess patients for unmet social needs, 3) directly serve these patients as community resources specialists and through the implementation of community-based arts and culture programming, and 4) help evaluate the effects of the program in the South and West Sides of Chicago and adjacent Thornton Township. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for extending the reach of the C4P model which impacts patient experience with care, improves health outcomes, lowers hospitalization rates, and resolves unmet social needs for this population. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 30 volunteers who will be engaged in recruiting participants, helping to address participants’ unmet medical and social needs, and collecting and analyzing outcomes data.
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3414 W Roosevelt Rd #2
Chicago, IL 60624
Founded in 2014, Gardeneers works with Chicago’s South- and Westside schools and communities to contribute positively to the larger food system and provide Chicago youth more equitable access to healthy food and food education. We do this by supporting 2300 youth in our +/- 19 school garden and farm programs weekly to build their own knowledge, skills, and habits to become leaders who care for themselves, their environment, and their communities. AmeriCorps Service Members will work in a full-time position alongside Gardeneers’ Garden Educators, teaching students hands-on garden-based nutrition lessons, growing edible school gardens, and strengthening communities
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois hosts AmeriCorps members who will deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience programming and its developmental and academic benefits to underserved populations of girls in the cities of Aurora, Carpentersville, DeKalb, Elgin, and areas in Boone County, McHenry County, and Winnebago County. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois develops independent, confident girls by offering a variety of customizable experiences with opportunities to learn valuable life skills and try new things, all while cultivating the character to make a difference in the world. The AmeriCorps members are responsible for helping girls develop a strong sense of self and improve academic engagement in both attitudes and behaviors, as well as building relationships with out-of-school time outreach partners and sites. In addition, the AmeriCorps members leverage additional volunteers who engage in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to underserved girls.
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4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
The Food Depository’s Hunger Action Corps is a multifaceted AmeriCorps program that engages and cultivates social justice leaders who want to gain experience fighting hunger. Through a combination of service, experiential learning and formal training opportunities, Hunger Action Corps members make a difference in the lives of Cook County residents while gaining valuable skills that will transform their own.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Cook County’s food bank. We provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Working with a network of more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, we distribute 164,000 meals every day. While food distribution is central to our mission, we also develop programs that address the root causes of hunger for people of all ages and backgrounds.”
The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. Since 2009, AmeriCorps members have played an integral role in transitioning hundreds of persons from the economic and housing crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. In the coming year, AmeriCorps members will directly 1.) reduce homelessness by improving access to services, employment counseling, and housing opportunities in west Cook County, and 2.) improve linkage to nutritious food. Members will accomplish this by serving at Housing Forward and on-site with our partner agency, Beyond Hunger. At the end of the grant period, it is anticipated that members will directly contribute to a measurable reduction in homelessness, hunger, and poverty in the communities served.
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112 N. 14th Street
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 942-8500
Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative program that enhances access to justice for the growing number of unrepresented people in the courts by empowering and training student volunteers who help people without lawyers navigate the court system by providing legal information and procedural guidance.
People coming to court without lawyers often do not know where to go, what to ask for, or who to see for documents. They often are confused, intimidated, and scared. JusticeCorps members serve as guides to make the courts more welcoming and less intimidating for people who are navigating this complex and daunting system. JusticeCorps assistance allows people to accomplish the purpose of their visit more efficiently. Members receive thorough training, including learning about the activities in the courthouse, available resources, and the difference between legal information and advice.
Kankakee State's Attorney
Kankakee State's Attorney
450 E. Court Street, 3rd Floor
Kankakee, IL 60901
The Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps program at Rend Lake College is part of the national service initiative signed into law by President Bill Clinton and administered through state governments. The Illinois Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism serve as the state’s lead agency to administer AmeriCorps. The Commission operates under the Illinois Department of Public Health. Through AmeriCorps, individuals of all ages and backgrounds address the state’s education, human, and environmental needs through service. Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps members provides literacy tutoring for pre-K through grade 8 students in local schools. Members also serve with environmental agencies to help educate their community about environmental stewardship as well as maintain and restore wild areas in Southern Illinois. While some members also serve in non-for-profit agencies to help those in their community who are struggling with homelessness and poverty. In return, members receive a living allowance and education award to help finance their college education or vocational training or pay back student loans after successful completion of service.
Founded in 2008, Leave No Veteran Behind invests in Veterans to build better communities through employment training, transitional jobs, and its Veteran educational debt relief scholarship. The organization proudly serves heroes who have served their country honorably and who seek to continue their service as assets in communities across America.
Through its AmeriCorps program, the organization will host 18 AmeriCorps members, comprised of Veterans and young adults, and create one-to-one Veteran-youth pairs, training them in the areas of Civilian Emergency Response Training (CERT), psychological first aid, CPR/First Aid, Peer Support, and the Fundamentals of Risk Management (FoRM). Members will work together in the community in a variety of safety capacities and will engage with Cook County's and the City of Chicago's offices of emergency management to identify, assess, train, and connect community organizations to the city of Chicago’s safety and resiliency plan. This project not only fills employment gaps for two populations with notoriously high unemployment and underemployment rates, but also creates a pipeline for skilled workers who specialize in community engagement, risk management, and emergency management jobs.
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New Star Inc.
1005 West End Avenue
Chicago Heights IL, 60411
The Peace Corps Fellows / AmeriCorps Program at Western Illinois University is a two-year graduate fellowship program for returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs). The program is managed through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) and offers RPCVs an opportunity to pursue graduate studies with an emphasis on rural community development while serving as AmeriCorps members. Our members lead local development projects, such as downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, tourism development, health education, volunteer management, and disaster preparedness. They work to build local capacity, mobilize people, and make sustainable progress.
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Crews of 10 participants each serve 24-week terms of service and will gain experience and skills that prepare them to pursue career pathways in the construction trades, conservation, and related fields. Participants receive the necessary support to complete the program successfully and continue into full-time employment or full-time, post-secondary education or training after graduating from PeoriaCorps.
UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE focuses on the economic opportunity by providing critically needed support services for Chicago Early Learning families. Through a research-based curriculum and support services, MORE is committed to developing lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency for families. MORE provides tutoring for parents in GED, English as a Second Language class, employment readiness, as well as financial literacy workshops. In addition, MORE members provide Volunteer Management training and resources for Autism and Developmental Delays to Chicago Early Learning staff. The program helps AmeriCorps members gain the knowledge and skills to successfully work with families, increase access to resources for families and professionals, recruit volunteers and community members to sustain MORE for families' accomplishments.
For 23 years, Public Allies’ signature AmeriCorps program has been a vital bridge to employment and education opportunities for our AmeriCorps Allies. We are a leadership development organization that recruits diverse young adults with a passion for community service and places them into intensive non-profit apprenticeships. With AmeriCorps, Public Allies provides capacity building to roughly 40 community-based agencies that are working to improve education, economic development, and community safety. Our model utilizes hands-on experience, community building, and leadership development training to give our Members a well-rounded non-profit experience. We focus on recruiting Members from the Chicago region and each year work to build a cohort that represents the diversity of our great city. The apprenticeships are as diverse in responsibility as the Allies that fill them. Members play vital roles in project management, community outreach, and program support for non-profits, schools, and government agencies.
Our Allies also complete a separate Team Service Project during their term of service that is focused on collaborating with a local non-profit to deliver a specific result. This service project allows Allies to apply their learning, solve problems in a team-based setting, and expand their experience and networks into multiple communities around Chicago. Each Ally is assigned a Program Manager to ensure their development and performance objectives stay on track throughout the year. Ally apprenticeships traditionally lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service – over 80% of our alumni move on into careers in non-profit and government work.
“If you can do it by yourself, it’s not big enough.” Our organization was founded on the idea that our nation is stronger when we harness the ingenuity and can-do spirit of entire communities -- when everyone leads. We know that to successfully improve outcomes for our Allies, our community partner organizations, and our communities, we need strong and healthy partnerships! Join us as we expand the power of national service!
Relay Graduate School of Education will have 80 AmeriCorps Members who will participate in the innovative teacher residency program, the Relay Teaching Residency Chicago (RTRC), in Chicago, IL. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps Members will be prepared and certified to serve as lead teachers, and the K-12 students they teach will demonstrate improved academic performance. In addition, the AmeriCorps Members will leverage an additional 10 volunteers, who will be engaged in collecting basic needs for our local community members. In the future, Relay Chicago will infuse mobilizing volunteers in two-member trainings throughout the program year
AmeriCorps Members will assist in restoring habitat on public lands and provide environmental education in Winnebago, Boone, and Dekalb counties. This effort is in partnership with the Natural Land Institute, Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, Boone County Conservation District, and Dekalb County Forest Preserve District. Natural Resource AmeriCorps members will serve directly with land managers to remove invasive plants, collect native seeds, propagate native plants and monitor wildlife. Environmental Education AmeriCorps members will provide engaging outdoor education opportunities to participants of all ages, whether it is field trips with elementary school students or guided hikes with adults and families. These members will help the northern Illinois community better connect to the natural world around them.
300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
For 20 years, Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with parents and students to ensure that all children receive an excellent education. Our members work to improve student outcomes and drive systemic change that starts with a two-year teaching commitment in a low-income community. After their initial two-year teaching commitment, two-thirds of corps members stay in education, a community that makes up over seven percent of Chicago’s teachers and over 20 percent of Chicago’s principals and assistant principals. Teachers in our network achieve an average of 1.4 years of academic growth with their students, and our principals lead the highest-rated schools at nearly two times the rate of their peers. Our alumni are policymakers and lead many of the highest impact education organizations in our region.”
Established in 2010, Up2Us Sports is the nationwide leader in engaging, training, and supporting sports coaches to transform youth, programs, and communities. Our AmeriCorps coaching program is the first national service program that challenges young adults to give back to their communities through a year of service as coach-mentors. Up2Us Sports’ research, training, and on-the-ground initiatives empower sports programs across the country to become a united force for meaningful change.
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults and out-of-school teens increase their literary skills. Since its founding in 1983, largely through the efforts of a VISTA volunteer, national service has been an important part of LVI’s programming and has contributed enormously to the development of the adult literacy field throughout Illinois.
LVI’s current program – VOCAL – has 42 AmeriCorps members serving in various community and faith-based agencies statewide as well as in the alternative schools in the Illinois Youth Centers. VOCAL members in those programs serve as tutors, tutor recruiters, mentors, and job search coaches, and are also involved with community outreach, program planning, and social and volunteer engagement activities. As a result of their service, the VOCAL members and the 600 volunteers they will recruit in the coming year will increase the literacy skills of 2,100 low-literate adults, the employability skills of 500 economically-disadvantaged adults, and the proficiency levels of 300 incarcerated youth. Additionally, as a pilot project with the Sunshine Community Services Center in Kewanee, VOCAL members will also offer after-school programming for 150 at-risk youth and social service referrals for 40 veteran and military families.
Y.O.U.’s “Y.O.U.th Serve” AmeriCorps members deliver high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs in eight locations (five elementary schools and five middle schools) in Evanston and Skokie, Illinois. Our Y.O.U.th Serve members provide youth with tutoring and enrichment activities that improve their academic, social, and emotional skills.