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    Volunteers Across Illinois Set to Make Martin Luther King Day a "Day On, Not a Day Off"

    Day of Service Will Mark the Beginning of the Year of the Volunteer

    CHICAGO – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2015.

    "Doctor King said that, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland said.  "Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community.  Volunteerism is the answer."

    The Day of Service will also mark the beginning of the Year of the Volunteer with the theme of "You are the difference."  Volunteerism throughout Illinois will increase during the year by celebrating community service and connecting and strengthening the already extensive network of organizations involved in service.  In Senate Resolution 1002, the Illinois Senate designated the Year of the Volunteer, which is sponsored by Generations Serving Generations, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Illinois Department on Aging, Serve Illinois, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Community College Board and more than 100 organizations and businesses committed to civic engagement.

    Anyone interested in volunteering on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service can visit Serve.Illinois.gov to find more than 100,000 volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois and in bordering states.  Volunteers can search based on location or area of interest, as well as by web-based, ongoing or one-time volunteer opportunities.

    Serve Illinois is also accepting nominations for the annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers and businesses that support community service in order to honor those who provide selfless service to the state and to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in Illinois.

    Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by January 31, 2015.  A ceremony to honor recipients will be held on April 20 at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.  Visit Serve.Illinois.gov for information about individual awards, past recipient bios, and nomination forms.

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