Southern Illinoisans among those to get state volunteer service honor

A number of southern Illinoisans are among those to receive the Illinois Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, the governor’s office announced Monday. 

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Commission, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah will present 25 Illinoisans and five businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception on April 13 at the Old State Capitol.

The Commission will present individual awards to one youth, one adult, and one retiree/senior, in each of the commission’s five service regions across the state: northeast, northwest, east central, west central, and southern. The commission will present National Service Awards to one AmeriCorps member, one Senior Corps member, and one for-profit business in each of the five service regions. 

The governor’s office released this list of southern Illinois people and businesses receiving awards: 

  • Adult: Anthony Wyatt – Murphysboro
  • For service to: Southern Illinois Care Connect Program
  •  AmeriCorps Member: Shanae Drummond – East St. Louis
  • For service to: East St. Louis School District 189 
  • Business: Dynegy – Collinsville
  • For service to: East Side Aligned Pathway’s Action Team
  • Senior: Jane Perr – West Frankfort
  • For service to: American Red Cross of South Central Illinois
  • Senior Corps Member: Esther Walker – Flora
  • For service to: Clay County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
  • Youth: Shane Douglas – Waterloo
  • For service to: Waterloo VFW Post 6504 & Waterloo City Cemetery

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