Illinois volunteers recognized for exceptional service

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Governor Pat Quinn recognized Illinois residents and a business for exceptional volunteer services.

Five Northwestern Illinois residents and one business received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award from the Serve Illinois Commission and Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday, April 19, 2013. The award focuses on five areas of service and was presented in three age categories.

“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,” said Governor Quinn. “We honor this year’s award recipients for lending their time and talent, and for inspiring other to make a difference in communities all across Illinois.”

According to executive director of Serve Illinois, Brandon Bodor, more than 2.7 million residents volunteer yearly.

A total of 23 Illinois residents and five businesses were presented with awards. 2013 marks the first year that a business in each region received the Business Volunteer Engagement Award.

Recipients in the Northwestern region were:

  • Youth: Blake Matson – Orion, for service to Child Life Charities
  • Adult: Greg Noe- Moline, for service to Renew Moline
  • Senior: Judy DeBoever – Geneseo, for service to Aisle of Flags, Inc.
  • AmeriCorps Member: Jackie Whitworth – Freeport, for service to Freeport Church Cooperative
  • Senior Corps Member: Patricia Umland- Moline, for service to QC Heartbeats Genesis Illini Campus & WI Area on Aging
  • Business: Finnegan’s RV Center- South Beloit, for service to Vets Roll

For information on how you can support Illinois volunteerism, visit the Serve Illlinois website.