A Freeport individual and South Beloit business were honored Thursday with a Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
AmeriCorps member Jackie Whitworth and Finnegan's RV Center joined four other individuals from around northwestern Illinois in receiving the award. The awards focus on economic opportunity, education, environmental conservation, disaster preparedness/response, health, and veterans' affairs.
Each region of the state saw awards given in the three categories of youth 18 and under, adults 19 to 54, and seniors 55 and older. One Senior Corps or AmeriCorps member and a business were also recognized in each region.
"Each year in Illinois, more than 2.7 million residents engage in volunteerism, and these awards are an opportunity to step back and admire some of the very best that the state has to offer," Brandon Bodor, executive director of Serve Illinois said. "Service comes in a variety of forms, but what remains constant is that everyone can serve."
Whitworth received the award for service to the Freeport Church Cooperative, while Finnegan's RV Center won for service to Vets Roll.
For a complete list of recipients and their biographies, visit serve.illinois.gov.