“AmeriCorps is the foundation of the volunteer infrastructure in Illinois, and this investment will help them do even more in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “There is no better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps than by investing in their mission to address the most challenging problems our communities face.” The seven groups include:
- American Red Cross, Chicago, Safe Families AmeriCorps - $332,085 (27 AmeriCorps Members) serving Adams, Cook, Macon, Rock Island County, and Winnebago Counties for programs including CPR, first aid, disaster education, and youth programs.
- Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, VOCAL AmeriCorps. $261,825 (31 AmeriCorps Members) serving Chicago, suburban Cook, DuPage, Henry, Kane and Saline Counties providing services to low literacy adults in their communities and teens in Illinois Youth Centers.
- Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville AmeriCorps. $401,089 (73 AmeriCorps Members) serving Belleville providing tutors, computer coaches, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors.
- City Year Chicago. $2,331,200 (188 AmeriCorps Members) serving Chicago class tutors, mentors and role models.
- Public Allies Chicago. $637,000 (49 AmeriCorps Members) serving Chicago and Cook County is a leadership development program that recruits diverse young adults with a passion for community service and places them into intensive non-profit capacity building apprenticeships.
- Teach for America. $249,075 (615 AmeriCorps Members) serving Chicago to serve as full time teachers in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand opportunity for children. Members are placed in pre-K through high school teaching positions throughout Chicago.
- University of Illinois-Chicago, Project MORE : Making Opportunities for Reading Enrichment $151,474 (21 AmeriCorps Members) serving Chicago. Project MORE provides support for early childhood and family literacy programs throughout the Chicago area. MORE provides tutoring for parents in GED, English as a Second Language classes, computer instruction, financial literacy workshops, early childhood resources, parent-child literacy activities, and facilitates financial literacy and other parent training workshops.