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Governor's Hometown Awards to be Presented Today
Illinois Ag Connection - 11/14/2019

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 21 communities with 2019 Governor's Hometown Awards during a special reception at the Governor's Mansion Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. The Governor's Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community's quality of life through projects that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact.

"Once again, we are pleased to be able to honor so many communities that utilize volunteers," said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland. "Throughout the judging process of the Governor's Hometown Awards, we clearly saw the spirit of volunteers and community service in many places in Illinois. It's our honor to be able to bring attention to so many worthy initiatives."

The Commission selected:

Elk Grove Village - "Elk Grove Village Cares"

Will County - "MicroPantries: Take What You Need, Leave What You Can"

Aurora - "National Night Out 2018"

Channahon - "Living Learning Garden"

Glendale Heights - "Glendale Heights Mayor's Center for Senior Citizens Volunteer Initiative Program"

Joliet - "Old Joliet Prison Tourism & Restoration Initiative"

Lake Barrington - "Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores BraveHearts Program"

Park Forest - "Veterans Closet & Resource Center"

Roselle - "Flags for Roselle"

Schaumburg - "Monarch Butterfly Initiative"

The Commission has invited representatives of both jurisdictions to attend the ceremony Thursday where they will receive a plaque and a road sign honoring these achievements.

As part of the Commission's efforts to recognize and honor volunteers, nomination forms for the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are now available. This program honors individual volunteers for their efforts in calendar year 2019. The nomination forms and program guidelines are available now at

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member (24 voting and 16 non-voting), bipartisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State.

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