Get Involved! National Volunteer Week is April 6 – 12, 2014

National Volunteer Week, a project by the Points of Light Foundation, is an opportunity to recognize volunteers and encourage people of all ages to get involved in their communities. Volunteers throughout New York State contribute more than 380 million hours and $8.5 billion of service each year, and New York State’s ten Regional Volunteer Centers connect those volunteers with opportunities in their communities.
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During National Volunteer Week, and throughout the month of April, Regional Volunteer Centers will be partnering with local nonprofits to sponsor volunteer opportunities and hold volunteer recognition events. Click Here to see some of the events going on throughout the state, or visit your local Regional Volunteer Center to connect with volunteer opportunities in your area. To receive daily updates about National Volunteer Week events and opportunities, please “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NYersVolunteer.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service
Welcomes Linda Cohen as New Executive Director

From the Governor’s announcement:

“I am pleased to announce the appointments of Margaret Egan and Linda Cohen to my administration,” Governor Cuomo said. “Each brings to our administration a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us continue to deliver results for New Yorkers.”

Linda J. Cohen will serve as Executive Director for the State Commission on National and Community Service. Prior to joining the commission, Linda served for a dozen years as Executive Director of the New York State Corps Collaboration, where she was responsible for one of the nation’s largest AmeriCorps programs. She also served as Executive Director of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, as a contributing writer for Inside Sports Magazine and in various positions within all three branches of New York state government. She is graduate of Union College, Albany Law School and the National Law Center at George Washington University.

“I am proud to join the Cuomo administration and I thank the Governor for the opportunity to lead the effort to involve all New Yorkers in service to their communities, our great State and the nation,” said Linda Cohen. “As recent events have shown, in the times of greatest need, the citizens of New York support one another. I am looking forward to building upon that dedication and spirit to ensure that we are always ready to respond to whatever challenges the future holds.”

Read the full announcement here (

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