Are You Up for A Challenge?
Application Form and Instructions

The VOCAL program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (SERVE Illinois).

If you are interested in submitting an application to be an AmeriCorps member, click below to go to the AmeriCorps website to submit an application along with two references electronically. If you do not have Internet access, you can download and complete the application below and submit it, along with two references to Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, 641 West Lake St, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60661-1308.  Our next program year begins on September 1, 2019.



Along with the satisfaction of making a difference in someone's life and gaining personal experiences that will never be forgotten, members also receive the following benefits:

Full-time Member - 1700 hours

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $13,992 a year
  • Health insurance and (income-based) child care
  • Student Loan Deferment & Interest Accrual Waiver
  • Initial, in-service and hands-on "job" training
  • Post service educational award of $6,095

Part-Time Member - 900 hours

  • Bi-weekly living allowance based on $7,000 a year
  • Student Loan Deferment & Interest Accrual Waiver
  • Initial, in-service and hands-on "job" training
  • Post service educational award of $3,047.50

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AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to put idealism to work. In AmeriCorps, members learn teamwork, communication, responsibility and other essential skills that help them be successful throughout their lives. Members also gain the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results. Over 10,000 Illinois residents have answered the challenge. Are you up to it?
VOCAL AmeriCorps Program
The central goal of the VOCAL - Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy - program is to expand the volunteer base of community and faith-based adult literacy programs by recruiting, placing and training AmeriCorps members to serve as Literacy Specialists and tutors in adult literacy programs throughout the state.
As Literacy Specialists, AmeriCorps members serve as one-to-one and small group tutors, are involved with volunteer recruitment and retention activities and help to secure other resources for their host site, including books, program materials, and "give -away" items for tutor and student celebrations. Members are also involved in special events to generate awareness of and support for the literacy activities of the agency.
Take a look at our monthly newsletter to get a closer view of our members and activities:
Click for VOCAL Newsletter Archive


Literacy Volunteers of Illinois  |  641 West Lake St, Suite 200 | Chicago, IL 60661-1308
Phone: 312-857-1582  |  E-mail: