AmeriCorps member Melissa Calhoun, of Rock Island, was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service award for her volunteer service at Esperanza Child Care Center, Moline, where she works with 3-5 year-old children at-risk for failure in kindergarten.

The bipartisan Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented awards to 24 Illinois residents and four businesses at a reception on April 25 at the Old State Capitol, Springfield.

Awards are given in six categories including adult, AmeriCorps, business, senior, Senior Corps and youth from the Commission’s five service regions across the state, Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern.

The 8th annual awards recognize volunteers and volunteer programs making a difference in Illinois and were presented as part of National Volunteer Week April 23-29.

AmeriCorps is a federal civil society program that engages adults in national public service.

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