Oak Park and State of Illinois honor youth volunteers

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On April 19, over 200 young volunteers were honored at Oak Park Village Hall at the Eighth Annual Applauding Our Youth Volunteers celebration. Over 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 19, received dinner, certificates from the State of Illinois signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a recognition gift from the organization for which they donate their time. Representatives from the villages of Oak Park and River Forest were present, along with Frederick Rodriguez, youth commissioner from the Illinois Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. Guest speakers included three Americorps volunteers from the PCC Community Wellness Center, Courtney Pigott, Katherine Gregg and Rachel Rice, along with local volunteers Mark Stankevitz, Amy Wax and Clare Crossett.

"These children are starting out on the right foot to become citizens that later will do bigger and better things for their community and state," Rodriguez stated.

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