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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.


Justice AmeriCorps Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children NOFA/NOFO

Application Due Date: July 22, 2014 (Tuesday)

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service will not be accepting applications for this grant. Single-state applicants proposing to operate in New York State are instructed to apply directly to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for funding. Click here for more information and application instructions. Please let the Commission know if you plan to apply by sending us your contact information so that we may post in case others wish to reach out and work in partnership with you. Click here for a list of organizations that have already responded.

The Justice AmeriCorps Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children competitive grant funding, sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will enable grant recipients to enroll lawyers and paralegals* to serve as AmeriCorps members, providing legal services to “improve the adjudication of immigration court proceedings involving certain children who have crossed the border without a parent or legal guardian.”

*“Paralegals” include any individual who will provide legal support to lawyers participating in the program. Such individuals need not have completed any prior legal training or certification programs in order to be eligible to serve, though applicants are encouraged to consider such credentials when evaluating member candidates (law students can be considered paralegals based on this definition).

NYS CNCS – New Yorkers Volunteer to Present Service Awards at Yankee Stadium

The New York State Commission on National and Community Services (NYS CNCS) - New Yorkers Volunteer will present two President’s Volunteer Service Awards on the field at Yankee Stadium during Yankees HOPE Week (June 16 to 20) 2014. The awards honor youth, families, and groups who inspire others to engage in volunteer service, and who have completed 50 to 200 hours of volunteer service.

NYS CNCS Executive Director Linda Cohen will present to one award winner on June 18, and Commission Chair Susan Stern will honor a winner on June 19.

Introduced in 2009, the Yankees’ HOPE (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) Week Initiative “is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.” On each of the five HOPE week days, the Yankees acknowledge an individual or group worth of recognition and support, and garner publicity for highlighted causes and organizations.

“At its core, HOPE Week is about people helping people,” the HOPE week initiative states. “…everyone can give of themselves to make their community a better place.”

A Message about Health Insurance for New AmeriCorps Members

If you started your AmeriCorps State and National service after the open enrollment period which ended on March 30, 2014, you have 60 days from your service start date to sign-up for health care coverage through the federal health care marketplace.

To apply for coverage under the Special Enrollment Period, contact the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596. To read the guidance, click here.

I Want to… Join AmeriCorps

Check out this new video celebrating the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and learn more about how you could make a difference with AmeriCorps!

Every day in communities throughout New York and across the country, AmeriCorps members are having an impact on critical issues. Whether improving schools, fighting poverty, rebuilding communities after disasters, providing health services, preserving the environment, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps members are getting things done.

Since its inception in 1994, more than 830,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, serving more than one billion hours and improving the lives of countless Americans. The New York State Commission on National and Community Service is proud to support the work of more than 2,500 AmeriCorps State members who are working in communities throughout New York.

In addition to AmeriCorps State members, more than 5,200 AmeriCorps National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and NCCC members are serving at nearly 1,000 locations in New York State. An additional 20,000 older New Yorkers are serving through SeniorCorps. These members are serving their communities, learning valuable skills, making lifelong friends, and earning money to help pay for college or student loans.

Click Here to learn more about AmeriCorps and how you could serve.

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