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Rend Lake College receives AmeriCorps grant

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Saturday that Rend Lake College is among 32 organizations in Illinois have received AmeriCorps grants from the Serve Illinois Commission.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Quinn says he has proclaimed Sept. 11, 2011 as a day of service and remembrance.

Quinn says the announcement of grants to support more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members is part of the his call for citizens all across Illinois to commit to community service. 

"Citizen service is essential to strengthening and addressing challenges in communities throughout Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "As we reflect and remember September 11, 2001, we must reaffirm our commitment to service for our great county. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills will last a lifetime." 

AmeriCorps Competitive Grant:

Rend Lake College: Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps was awarded $499,536 and 65 member positions. AmeriCorps members provide tutoring, mentoring, technology support and environmental education in rural southern Illinois.

According to the governor's office, the grants announced Saturday will support more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members across the state who will help adults and children improve reading skills, tutor and mentor at-risk youth, provide health services, provide environmental education and help non profits recruit volunteers and achieve their missions.

For more information visit AmeriCorps online.

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