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Governor Cuomo Announces Commemoration of September 11th Day of Service by New York State Americorps Members

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that hundreds of AmeriCorps members from all corners of New York State will converge on Albany County to complete a community service project as part of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. The project is part of a two-day nationwide event that also marks the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program.

“In the aftermath of September 11th, New Yorkers from every corner of the State came together to support one another, and we continue this tradition by volunteering in the memory of those who were lost,” Governor Cuomo said. “Volunteers like AmeriCorps members are part of a long history of service in New York State, and as we commemorate this important day I encourage all New Yorkers to come together and give back to their communities.”

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer, a Governor-appointed commission, uses the power of AmeriCorps to address some of the State’s most challenging issues, and encourages citizens to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. More than 72,000 AmeriCorps members in New York have completed more than 110 million hours of service since 1994.

Click here for the full press release.

Invitation from the NYS Commission on National and Community Service



The New York State Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer is gathering information to assist us as we craft a State Service Plan for 2015-2017. As a first step, we are surveying a cross-section of New Yorkers, ranging from current AmeriCorps members to nonprofit organizations, to community leaders and our own State Commissioners, and to programs and participants in all the streams of national service.

You can help us create a plan that will be responsive to the needs of New Yorkers in communities like yours by clicking on this link and answering a brief electronic survey. The survey is tailored to your experience and should take approximately five minutes to complete. By answering the survey, you will assist us in creating a plan that reflects the uniqueness of our State, and clearly identifies what national service and volunteering can accomplish for New York.

Please assist us as well in distributing the link to the survey to former program staff, national service participants, host sites and other partners, and others who we may not have reached.

We deeply appreciate you taking the time to participate in this survey. Thank you!

Governor Cuomo Announces $5.9 Million in Second Round of AmeriCorps Grants

Hundreds of AmeriCorps members and countless New Yorkers supported by grants to improve schools, the environment and communities across the State.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received nearly $6 million in competitive AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which will support more than 460 AmeriCorps members Statewide that serve in nearly two dozen organizations to combat challenges facing New Yorkers. An additional $10 million was awarded in May, bringing the total amount of funding in 2014 to approximately $16 million.

“From responding to the major storms of the past few years to helping neighbors in need, New Yorkers have demonstrated what it means to stand up for one’s community,” Governor Cuomo said. “The AmeriCorps program is the perfect example of that spirit of service and selflessness, and I am proud that our administration is able to support these volunteers in their work. Together we can build a stronger, safer and healthier state for generations to come.”

Click here for the Governor’s full press release.


Last week, parts of Long Island experienced record-breaking rainfall, which resulted in flooding in several communities. More than 6,200 homes and businesses lost power, and more than 1,000 homes were damaged.

Governor Cuomo has issued several press releases with information for individuals who have been impacted by the flooding:

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should visit the Long Island Volunteer Center’s website for updates and information. Much of the area is still in the process of assessing damage and drying out at this point in time, but there will likely be more volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks as people begin to repair and rebuild damaged property.

Finally, this flooding serves as a reminder that severe weather and other disasters can occur at any time. Ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared if there is an emergency in your area. Visit for information about upcoming preparedness training and to sign up to be a disaster volunteer in your community. The American Red Cross also has information on their website about how you can plan and prepare for disasters.


On September 12, 2014, AmeriCorps will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. For each of the twenty weeks leading up to the anniversary, New Yorkers Volunteer is going to select a theme related to AmeriCorps and national service and highlight that theme on our website and social media outlets. We hope you will join in the celebration by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, checking our website for updates, and using the #AmeriCorps20 hashtag to join the conversation.

This week’s theme is... Community.

When AmeriCorps members are sworn in at the beginning of their service, they take the following oath:

I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

Building and strengthening community is at the heart of what AmeriCorps members do every day. Members take on projects that solve community problems, they become part of the communities where they live and serve, and they make up part of the larger national AmeriCorps community.

Are you interested in learning more about how AmeriCorps members throughout the country are engaging in their communities and tackling tough issues? Check out this recent report from America’s Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Partnerships: Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States.

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