Commission Overview and New Yorkers Volunteer Overview
The New York State Commission on National and Community Service was established
in 1994 by an Executive Order of the Governor,
and administers programs funded by the National Community Service Trust Act of 1993,
including AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps Education Awards programs. The Commission
members are diverse and bi-partisan and are appointed by the Governor.
The Commission seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic
engagement through service and volunteering in New York State. Commission members
each have a strong background in community service and leadership and provide a
tremendous resource to the state service and volunteer communities. The role of
each Commission member includes: monitoring and approving the annual grants process
and recommendations for funding of National Service programs. The Commission also
promotes volunteering and community service as proven methods to solve local problems
in our communities.
In 2008, New Yorkers Volunteer website was launched as a
statewide initiative to engagemore New Yorkers in volunteering and community service.
It provides information and training opportunities for local volunteer organizations.
It provides a marketing and media campaign to promote volunteering. And, it educates
New Yorkers about state and federal funding opportunities for national service and
Office of National and Community Service Overview
The Commission is supported by the New York State Office of National and Community
Service (ONCS) which receives annual federal funding in excess of $25 million from
the Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) headquartered in
Washington, D.C. The Commission makes competitive grants to faith-based organizations,
local government and educational institutions by providing outcome-based service
to address community-identified needs.
ONCS also serves as the lead state entity responsible for networking volunteer resources
and carrying out civic engagement initiatives as identified by the Governor and
the Commission. ONCS collaborates with local, state and national volunteer agencies,
government, and other public and private entities, sector to achieve its mission.