The 2020 Census is critical. Where there are more people, there are more needs—for new schools, new roads, and services for families, older adults, and children. Make sure that you and everyone in your community are counted in the 2020 Census. Results of this count will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed for important programs and services every year for the next 10 years. The time is now. Don’t risk losing critical benefits and don’t wait to be counted! Respond today at 2020census.gov.
This year the United States commemorates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, providing an important opportunity to celebrate the place of women in American history. While history, of course, is complicated, and voting rights for many women continued to be denied because of discriminatory practices, the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to uncover and uplift women across the centuries whose vision, passion, and determination have shaped the country we are today. The goal is to discover 1,000 places connected to women’s history, and share those stories. The National Trust is encouraging people to identify places where women made history. They can be famous or unknown, protected or threatened, existing or lost. No matter their condition or status, these places matter. Have a place you’d like to share? Submit a photo and a short description. Thank you for helping tell the full American story!
The Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA) is hosting its conference on August 20, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon, free of charge. We are living in a new normal and volunteerism is no different. Everything about the way we do our work has changed. As we chart a new path forward, Volunteer Administrators are now forced to figure out two main questions: How do we engage our volunteers in ways that we have never done before and how do we, as professionals, change and adapt to our new way of work. These are big questions. And we hope to provide some guidance during this conference. This year's ICOVA is free of charge. Zoom link will be sent the week of the conference to all registrants.
On August 20, August 27, and September 10, Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will host Citizen’s Utility Board, Elevate Energy, Ameren, and ComEd in a three-part webinar series on energy efficiency policy and programs. This series will focus on utility policy, and how electricity consumers can use smart meter upgrades, demand response programs, and energy efficiency improvements. Parts 2 and 3 will cover Ameren's and ComEd’s energy efficiency programs, which are aimed at cutting operating costs, boosting budgets, and investing in energy efficiency for public buildings. Read more and register for the series online.