Rauner honor’s Monroe County House of Neighborly Service at awards ceremony
Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Serve Illinois Commission recently honored the Monroe County House of Neighborly Service in Waterloo at the Governor’s Hometown Awards ceremony in Springfield.
“… (The) citizens of Illinois continue to give back to their communities in remarkable and innovative ways,” Serve Illinois Commission Chairman Jeff Turnbull said in a release from the governor's office. “The applicants have shown that when people give back to their communities through volunteering, cities become stronger, neighborhoods become safer, and people become better because of it.”
The Monroe County House of Neighborly Services (HNS) operates the Monroe County Help Phone Line, a resource for area residents who need assistance. From Monday through Friday, volunteers take calls and then get back to those in need with resources and services that can help them. The HNS also runs cooking classes and a food pantry, a holiday outreach program and a summer sack lunch program for children.
“At the heart of every hometown is a group of dedicated volunteers who make their community a better place for every resident,” Rauner said in the release. “These projects highlight the incredible kindness of Illinoisans from across the state and the power of neighborly acts of service.”