SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn marked National Volunteer Week on Saturday by encouraging communities to submit entries for the 31st Annual Governor's Hometown Awards.
According to the governor's office, it's a program that recognizes volunteer efforts to improve Illinois communities.
The application deadline is July 15, and communities of any size may submit nominations.
"Local volunteers and organizations are improving communities across Illinois and enhancing the quality of life for everyday people," Governor Quinn said. "The Hometown Awards recognize people who are helping us build a better Illinois for current and future generations."
Quinn says applications for Hometown Awards may be submitted by local governments, schools, youth groups, community organizations, chambers of commerce, community action agencies, job training organizations, or other local entities.
There are six project award categories:
- Services and mentorship
- Beautification and sustainability
- Parks and recreation
- Memorials and monuments
- History and historic preservation
- General projects
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is in charge of the award program.
Details and application forms are available at www.ildceo.net/HometownAwards. All Governor's Hometown Awards winners will be recognized at a reception at the Governor's Mansion this fall.
Volunteer judges will evaluate the applications, and select category winners as well as nominate one project from each population division to receive the coveted Governor's Cup.
East St. Louis won the Governor's Cup in 2012 for transforming an abandoned and overgrown parking lot into a community teaching garden that provides fresh produce to low-income citizens.