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The group Serve Illinois is calling Martin Luther King Jr. Day "a day on, not a day off."

They say Illinois is one of the highest ranking states for people who give time; about a quarter of the population volunteers.

The group is encouraging residents to volunteer during the upcoming holiday to boost the numbers. 

Scott McFarland, with Serve Illinois, says there are creative opportunities to contribute your time. 

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The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in DeKalb County to transport patients to their treatments.

One cancer patient undergoing radiation therapy could need as many as 30 trips to treatment in six weeks, and chemotherapy may be necessary every week for up to a year. That’s according to Kelly Perez, who is the manager for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

“Even with the best family support and friend support, a patient may sometimes not always have an alternative to get to their treatment,” Perez said.