October 16, 2008 By News Report
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today unveiled the Serve Illinois Web site -- a valuable new resource for volunteer opportunities statewide. The new Web site will serve as a primary resource for Illinoisans who are seeking information about volunteer agencies, trainings, nonprofit resources and national service programs including AmeriCorps.
"With more than 40,000 volunteer opportunities, the new Serve Illinois Web site is a great way to link individuals to opportunities in their own communities," said Gov. Blagojevich. "It is easy to use and will help make a difference by linking agencies who need volunteers."
The Web site includes a user-friendly volunteer matching portal that acts as a central hub for volunteer opportunities from 16 different state and/or national volunteer opportunity databases. "At Serve.Illinois.gov, you can enter your ZIP code and your area of interest, such as mentoring a child, cleaning up the environment, or adult literacy, and find volunteer opportunities that match your interest, fit into your busy schedule, and are located right in your community," said IDHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D.
The announcement was made at the annual ceremony held at the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, marking the 14th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program. More than 700 Illinoisans were sworn in, dedicating themselves to a year of serving their communities through the AmeriCorps program. In those 14 years, more than 18,500 people have volunteered their time in Illinois through AmeriCorps.
"AmeriCorps is an excellent opportunity for people to volunteer their time and talents and give something back to their communities," said Scott Kimmel, executive director of the Serve Illinois Commission. "Illinois has a strong tradition of volunteerism and compassion for those in need. AmeriCorps volunteers make a real difference in the communities in which they serve."
The Serve Illinois Commission administers the AmeriCorps State programs in Illinois. Serve Illinois is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. The Serve Illinois Commission currently supports 22 AmeriCorps programs throughout the state.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.