• AmeriCorps Funds Available
    Nov 02, 2018

    AmeriCorps Funds Now Available from Serve Illinois
    Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities
    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois) is reminding communities that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state.  The grant places AmeriCorps members in communities to improve education and health care, protect public safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement through service. Last year, Serve Illinois’ AmeriCorps programs invested more than $87 million in Illinois communities and served nearly 400,000 people.
    “Each year, AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in Illinois,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and their families, people with disabilities, the homeless, and many other individuals who need a helping hand to succeed.”
    Serve Illinois administers AmeriCorps programs in Illinois and is charged with enhancing and supporting community volunteerism.  Serve Illinois is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and currently supports 45 AmeriCorps programs throughout the state.
    AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment and training.  Full-time members are also eligible to receive a modest living allowance and health insurance.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.  If the member is 55 or older, they may transfer the education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.
    Serve Illinois will host mandatory webinars in October.  Webinar details and information about the application process are available at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.  Applications are due by December 31, 2018.  Funded programs will begin their work in July or August of 2019.
    About Serve Illinois
    The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.  Serve Illinois is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois’ AmeriCorps program.  For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of more than 2,500 volunteer opportunities in the state, please visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

  • 23rd Annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference- “Mission Possible: Justice, Equality, Action”
    Oct 28, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Illinois Public Health Association, will open the 23rd Annual HIV/STD Conference on Wed., Oct. 29 - 30, 2014 in Springfield. This event aims to strengthen efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs. A preconference will be held today, Oct. 28, from 10 am – 4:30 pm.

  • Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Discusses Ebola Preparedness in Illinois
    Oct 07, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck will hold a media briefing on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the state’s preparedness for Ebola.  Dr. Hasbrouck will address Ebola surveillance methods, infection control practices, Illinois’ public health infrastructure, laboratory testing and other actions the Illinois Department of Public Health is taking to protect the health of Illinoisans.

  • October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Illinois
    Oct 01, 2014

    Health and Child Welfare Officials Gather at Memorial Medical Center to 
    Remind Parents and Caregivers about the ABCs of Safe Sleep for Infants.