• 17th Dec, 2015
    2.51 Million Illinoisans Give $6.8 Billion in Service
     
    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s more than 2.5 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 275 million total hours, which is valued at $6.8 billion (based on the value of volunteer time in Illinois https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time).
    “Illinois has a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Illinois volunteers save lives every day. They give comfort to the homeless, help educate our students, respond to disasters, and so much more.”

    The recently released...

  • 15th Dec, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is awarding more than $1 million in Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure lottery grants to 37 not-for-profit organizations across Illinois. Net revenue from the sale of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure is used to provide grants to organizations to help educate women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, what they can do to reduce their risk, and where they can go for screenings.

    “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Illinois and the second leading cause of cancer death,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. If found early, the five year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent, but when detected in later stages, that survival rate drops to 26 percent.”

    In 2012, the latest year for which statistics are available, 9,...

  • 7th Dec, 2015
    National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 6-12, 2015
     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges anyone who has not yet received flu vaccine to get it as soon as possible. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. While many people typically get the flu vaccine in early fall, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, a time when many people are out and about.

    “During the holidays, friends and families often come together to celebrate,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although you may be in good health, people around you, like young children and grandparents, may be at higher risk of getting the flu and suffering serious complications from it. A flu vaccine is the best defense...

  • 3rd Dec, 2015
    Winners Honored At A Special Ceremony At The Old State Capitol

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in Illinois.  The Commission will also recognize for-profit businesses that support service.
     
    “Each year, 2.6 million Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois.  “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more.  They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we...