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Academics > Civic Engagement



Karrie Heartlein

Director of Government & Community Relations

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The world has the Peace Corps, the United States has AmeriCorps, and the greater Galesburg community has KnoxCorps.

This local civic-engagement partnership—launched in 2012 as an initiative of President Teresa Amott in cooperation with the Galesburg Community Foundation—matches recent Knox graduates and current students with local non-profit organizations to support existing projects, build new programs, and help meet the critical needs of the community.

Like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, KnoxCorps is meant to be mutually beneficial—the organizations and the community get extra hands, a boost of energy, and new programs from Knox students and recent graduates, while the program participants gain valuable work experience and greater understanding of the Galesburg community and its successes and challenges. Likewise, the program bridges gaps, both perceived and actual, between the campus community and greater Galesburg.

Community Engagement

KnoxCorps Fellows, who are recent graduates of Knox College, serve organizations for approximately 10 months. Undergraduate KnoxCorps members, named Associates, have made a two-year commitment to serve organizations for at least eight hours per week.

KnoxCorps Fellows (recent graduates)

  • Lindsey Morgan, Galesburg Public Schools Foundation Fellow serving District #205
  • Samuel Chen, Knox County Health Department Fellow serving Knox County Health Department
  • Niki Acton, Fellow serving Orpheum Theatre and Prairie Players Civic Theatre

KnoxCorps Associates (current students)

  • Raeann Boero, KnoxCorps Associate serving CASA 
  • Emily Hagerott, KnoxCorps Associate serving the Downtown Council 
  • Karen Caballero, KnoxCorps Associate serving FISH Food Pantry 
  • Rashika Bahl, KnoxCorps Associate serving Galesburg Public Library Foundation 
  • Shresha Karmacharya, KnoxCorps Associate serving the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen 
  • Almira Karajic, KnoxCorps Associate serving Carl Sandburg College 
  • Monika Kopec, KnoxCorps Associate serving the YMCA of Knox County 
  • Victoria Martin, KnoxCorps Associate serving the Galesburg Civic Art Center 

Community Support

KnoxCorps Fellow positions are directly supported by sponsors whose contributions are used to cover the annual compensation of each Fellow. A grant from PNC sponsors transportation for the KnoxCorps. This partnership makes visible the commitment between the community and the College.

Local businesses and organizations sponsoring KnoxCorps are:

  • F&M Bank
  • G.L. Vitale Family Foundation
  • Galesburg Community Foundation
  • Galesburg Public Schools Foundation
  • HumanLinks Foundation
  • Knox County Health Department
  • PNC

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