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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2011

Governor Quinn Urges Participation in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
“Serve Illinois” Website Offers More Than 70,000 Volunteer Opportunities

CHICAGO - January 14, 2011 Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Serve Illinois Commission in encouraging Illinois residents to take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this Monday, January 17th. This year’s theme is “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

“During this day of service, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives and move our nation closer to the 'Beloved Community' envisioned by Dr. King," said Governor Quinn. “Through volunteerism, we work together to strengthen communities and put people to work.”

Persons interested in giving back to their community can visit Serve.Illinois.gov to connect with more than 70,000 volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois. Website visitors can search based on location or area of interest, and even generate results for ongoing, one-time or web-based volunteer opportunities.

“Volunteerism helps everyone, and everyone can serve in a variety of ways” said IDHS Secretary Michelle R. B. Saddler. “Research shows that communities with higher rates of volunteerism have reduced crime and higher educational achievement rates. Similar studies have shown that those engaged in their communities on a regular basis live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.”

Visit Serve.Illinois.gov to find a volunteer opportunity, as well as information regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The website is a joint project of IDHS and the Serve Illinois Commission.



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