Illinois Volunteers Advocate for Community Service

4/7/2011

Volunteers Meet with Legislators at Dome Day

As many as 100 volunteers are gathering at the state Capitol in Springfield on Thursday for Dome Day, an annual event sponsored by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Dome Day serves as an opportunity for volunteers from across the state to inform and educate their legislators on the importance of community service.

Members from the state's three national service programs - AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, and Learn and Serve - will convene at the Capitol Rotunda to share stories of the impact and effectiveness their work has created. The day begins with a welcome session at 9 a.m., followed by roundtable meetings with members and staff of the General Assembly. The day concludes at noon with lunch.

Volunteers seek to accomplish several goals during Dome Day:

  • To engage state level delegates in conversation around national service and active citizenship in Illinois;
  • To increase awareness among legislators and state agency officials of national service programs active throughout Illinois; and,
  • To build support for the concept of national and community service in Illinois.

Although Dome Day is not a lobbying event, legislators are asked to visit their local AmeriCorps programs and participate in upcoming National Days of Service, including those planned for National AmeriCorps Week in May.

For a list of these Service Day activities, contact the Serve Illinois Commission at 800-592-9896 or email to DHS.ServeIllinois@Illinois.gov.