Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May 6-10 as Senior Corps Week in the state.
According to Quinn, the Senior Corps connects volunteers 55 and older with people as well as organizations to serve as mentors, coaches or companions to those in need.
"We view volunteerism in Illinois as an intergenerational connector, a way to bring people of different ages together," said Brandon Bodor, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. "Senior Corps and other national service programs are the institutional backbone of that. From support to veterans to disaster preparedness to tutoring and mentoring, Senior Corps volunteers are a constant source of community resilience. This is a week to honor and applaud them for the exceptional work they do every week of the year."
Senior Corps currently links more than 400,000 Americans nationwide to service opportunities, according to Quinn's office.
Senior Corps programs across the state will have service projects and informational sessions to raise awareness of volunteerism.
For detailed information on projects in your area, contact John Hosteny, Illinois Director for the Corporation for National and Community Service at (312) 353-1960.
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