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Illinois sponsors week-long program to serve and honor veterans

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in partnership with Serve Illinois, announced on Monday, Nov. 1, the 2021 Serving Those Who Served program, a week of service projects created to thank service men and women, veterans, and their families across the state.

Activities will begin Nov. 4 and end on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The program includes projects such as painting, landscaping, event planning and execution, and writing thank you notes to service men and women and veterans in the Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy veterans’ homes. Serving Those Who Served recruits volunteers for its own projects as well as organizations looking to bolster its volunteer pool.

Serve Illinois’ mission is to improve communities by enhancing volunteerism across Illinois. It is composed of a 40-member, bi-partisan board appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides support to Illinois’ over 650,000 veterans by helping them obtain earned benefits and by providing care in its five veterans’ homes across the state.

To register for a project, participants may visit: https://serveillinois.galaxydigital.com

To register a project in need of volunteers, visit: https://serveillinois.galaxydigital.com

“Serving Those Who Served is an opportunity for us to join together to honor and thank those who served this nation,” said Acting IDVA Director Terry Prince. “Working with Serve Illinois elevates volunteerism and our ability to reach a greater number of veterans through myriad of projects across the state.”

“The Serving Those Who Served initiative is an important one. So many of our neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members are veterans. This gives us an opportunity to contribute to improving the quality of life for them with our volunteer service as they have done for us through their military service. All of our service makes our state and by extension our country better and stronger,” said Service Illinois Executive Director, N. Ayoka Samuels.

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