SPRINGFIELD – Five Northwestern Illinois residents, including one from Freeport, and a business from South Beloit have been recognized with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The award is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to fostering a vibrant volunteer environment in the state and recognizing volunteers that have made a profound difference in Illinois.
“Volunteerism is the heart of Illinois, and I salute the thousands of individuals who give back every day to make our state a better place,” Governor Quinn said. “We honor this year’s award recipients for lending their time and talent, and for inspiring others to make a difference in communities all across Illinois.”
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards focus on five areas: Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Conservation, Disaster Preparedness/Response, Health and Veterans’ Affairs. Individual awards in each of the commission’s five service regions (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois) were presented in three categories: youth ages 18 and under, adult ages 19-54 and seniors ages 55 and older. Additionally, National Service Awards were presented to one Senior Corps or AmeriCorps member in each region. This year marked the first time that Business Volunteer Engagement Awards have been presented in each region.
“Each year in Illinois, more than 2.7 million residents engage in volunteerism, and these awards are an opportunity to step back and admire some of the very best that the state has to offer,” Brandon Bodor, executive director of Serve Illinois said. “Service comes in a variety of forms, but what remains constant is that everyone can serve.”
The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member, bipartisan board appointed by the governor, with programs administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.
In total, 23 Illinois residents and five businesses were presented with awards. The following is a list of the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recipients from Northwestern Illinois. For a complete list of recipients and their biographies, as well as information about how you can support volunteerism in Illinois, please visit the Serve Illinois website at Serve.Illinois.gov.
Northwestern Illinois Award Recipients:
AmeriCorps Member: Jackie Whitworth – Freeport, IL
For service to: Freeport Church Cooperative
Business: Finnegan’s RV Center – South Beloit, IL
For Service to: Vets Roll
Youth: Blake Matson – Orion, IL
For service to: Child Life Charities
Adult: Greg Noe – Moline, IL
For Service to: Renew Moline
Senior: Judy DeBoever – Geneseo, IL
For service to: Aisle of Flags, Inc.
Senior Corps Member: Patricia Umland – Moline, IL
For service to: QC Heartbeats Genesis Illini Campus & WI Area on Aging