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State agency names BHS F.A.N.S.S. supporter Volunteer of the Week

12/14/2016, 9:28 a.m.
Freddie Thomas, a 29-year resident of Bolingbrook, was recognized for her volunteer efforts at Bolingbrook High School.
Freddie Thomas of Bolingbrook VVSD

Bolingbrook High School F.A.N.S.S. (Friends And Neighbors Supporting Students) volunteer Freddie Thomas is this week’s Serve Illinois Commission Volunteer of the Week.

The Commission, a 40-member bi-partisan group appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is charged with helping to strengthen Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State.

Thomas, a 29-year resident of Bolingbrook whose youngest daughter is a BHS graduate, was cited by Serve Illinois for the two hours a week that she spends in the BHS cafeteria encouraging students and simply letting them know she cares, as well as the volunteer work she does for The Progressives-Harambe, Inc., a community-based non-profit women’s organization dedicated to helping children educationally, culturally, socially and emotionally.

Freddie is a strong believer that in order to make communities better you have to give back,” a Serve Illinois spokesperson said. “She hopes other residents will do the same.”

Enabling legislation requires the Serve Illinois Commission to promote and support community service in public and private programs to meet the needs of Illinois citizens, to stimulate new volunteerism and community service initiatives and partnerships, and to serve as a resource and advocate within the Department of Public Health for community service agencies, volunteers, and programs which utilize State and private volunteers.

Serve Illinois oversees all aspects of program administration and training for the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps provides trained, dedicated people to help non-profit organizations accomplish their missions and to make more effective use of volunteers. AmeriCorps members assist in meeting locally identified community-based needs.