The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. September 11, 2013

s the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-look ing tribute to the 9/11 victims,survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Click Here to Read More....

2nd Annual I Love My Park Day

The NY State Commission on National and Community Service, together with Parks & Trails New York and the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation want to thank the more than 4,000 New Yorkers who pitched in on Saturday, May 4th to make the 2nd Annual I Love My Park Day a huge success Click Here to Read More....

National Volunteer Week
April 21st - 27th, 2013.

It’s a great time to get involved and help your community. – participate in National Volunteer Week! Contact your Regional Volunteer Center to sign up! Click Here to read more about just a few of the things happening throughout New York State.

Americorps celebrates AmeriCorps Week
March 9 – 17, 2013

AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.
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Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service
January 21, 2013

On and around January 21, 2013 AmeriCorps members, National Service Participants, and community volunteers across New York State honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by coordinating and supporting volunteer initiatives. New York State’s ten Regional Volunteer Centers and many AmeriCorps programs actively led and supported service events in their communities....Click Here to Read More

AmeriCorps Kickoff 2012-12

On November 20, 2012, the New York State AmeriCorps Class of 2012-13 kicked off their year of service at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany NY. The event gathered more than 1,000 AmeriCorps members who have committed to a term of service in NY State.... Click Here to Read More

Make a Difference Day 2012
10/12/12

Saturday, October 27 is Make a Difference Day – the National Day of Doing Good. Sponsored by USA Weekend, the Points of Light Foundation, Newman’s Own, the Corporation for National and Community Service, NBC News and Motorola Mobility, it is a day dedicated to helping others in our communities across the country...Click Here to Read More

September 11th 2012 National Day of Service & Remembrance
9/11/12

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country...Click Here to Read More

New York State’s Regional Volunteer Centers - A Unifying Voice for Volunteerism in New York State
7/30/12

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service announced today that 37 organizations in New York have received AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service...Click Here to Read More

New York State’s Regional Volunteer Centers - A Unifying Voice for Volunteerism in New York State
5/12/12

Last September, the New York State Commission on National & Community Service, through the New Yorkers Volunteer initiative, announced the establishment of 10 Regional Volunteer Centers across the State, whose goal is to foster the recruitment of one million new volunteers state-wide through partnerships with thousands of non-profit organizations...Click Here to Read More

Celebrating Our Senior Volunteers
6/22/12

Senior Corps Week was May 7-11, 2012. Senior volunteers were honored for "Making a Difference for Generations" and encourage more communities to harness the talent and skill of Americans 55+...Click Here to Read More

Put Volunteering to Work on Your Resume
4/23/12

Good news. A recent LinkedIn survey found that 41 percent of professionals considered volunteer work as much as paid work when evaluating job candidates. Now here's the bad news: Slightly less than half of the 89 percent who had volunteer experience included it on their resumes...Click Here to Read More

National Volunteer Week 2012
4/15/12

April 15-21, 2012 is National Volunteer Week. New Yorkers Volunteer is proud to support this annual celebration of volunteerism, which is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute. This year’s theme is “Celebrating People in Action”...Click Here to Read More

AmeriCorps Week 2012
3/10/12

AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners and friends to demonstrate AmeriCorps' impact on critical issues, bring more Americans into service, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. AmeriCorps Week shines a spotlight on AmeriCorps' impact in communities across the country in order to motivate more Americans to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities...Click Here to Read More

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - NEW YORK STATE
1/17/12

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service congratulates all AmeriCorps and National Service programs in New York State as well as our ten new Regional Volunteer Centers for leading “A Day On, Not a Day Off” service projects in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...Click Here to Read More

2011 New York State Civic Health Index Released
12/6/11

The 2011 New York State Civic Health Index was unveiled on Monday, December 5th at Siena College and has received significant press attention. Research was conducted by Siena College Research Institute, in cooperation with the New York State Commission on National & Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer, and the National Council on Citizenship...Click Here to Read More

2011 New York State AmeriCorps Kickoff
11/9/11

On Wednesday, November 9, over 900 AmeriCorps members and staff from across New York State joined together to commit to their year of service and celebrate all that they will accomplish in the year ahead. Members hailed from 33 programs, leaving their communities as early as 4 am to arrive for the 10 am start...Click Here to Read More

Hurricane Relief and September 11 – Bringing New Yorkers Together in Service
9/11/11

Isn’t it interesting how the worst of times brings out the best in people? It was the case in New York State on September 11, 2001 and the days that followed and more recently during the aftermath of the hurricanes that flooded upstate New York...Click Here to Read More

9/11 New York State Serves and Remembers
9/1/11

Most Americans know exactly where they were on September 11, 2001, especially those of us in New York. We also remember the outpouring of support in the days immediately following, from first responders, volunteers, neighbors. People wanted to help...Click Here to Read More

New York Commission on National and Community Service Announces 2011-12 Award Recipients
6/28/11

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service announces $16.9 million in AmeriCorps grants and $750,000 in Volunteer Generation Fund grants to strengthen the impact of more than 45 organizations across New York State in tackling the most pressing challenges facing New York’s communities...Click Here to Read More

Effective Volunteer Management & Engaging Veterans and Military Families Training Summit
5/18/11

On May 16 & 17, 2011, New Yorkers Volunteer hosted “Effective Volunteer Management & Engaging Veterans and Military Families Training Summit” at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel in Syracuse NY. 64 leaders of 49 national service and non-profit organizations located throughout New York State attended this comprehensive training. Valuable skills, best practices, and practical resources were shared in order to strengthen volunteer recruitment, management and retention...Click Here to Read More

AmeriCorps Week 2011
5/14/11

The fifth annual AmeriCorps Week will take place May 14-21, 2011! New York State’s AmeriCorps programs have been active participants in AmeriCorps Week each year...Click Here to Read More

National Volunteer Week - Celebrating People in Action
4/10/11

Please join thousands of agencies and tens of thousands of volunteers throughout New York State and the country as we celebrate volunteers and the impact they make every day...Click Here to Read More

2011 We Live New York Summit
3/24/11

We Live New York, a statewide young professional’s organization, invites young leaders from across New York State to the 2011 “We Live NY Summit” which will focus on helping upstate and downstate communities improve ways to attract and retain young talent...Click Here to Read More

Averill Park Central School District Celebrates MLK Day 2011
1/17/11

New York State Learn and Serve America grant funds allow Averill Park Central School District to implement a range of K-12 service learning projects including: gardening, hunger, poverty and environmental initiatives, character education programming involving the elderly and veterans, and student mentoring...Click Here to Read More

Celebrate 2011 MLK Day By Serving Your Community
11/1/10

January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. More than 40 years after his death, Dr. King’s examples continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most critical issues...Click Here to Read More

What is New Yorkers Volunteer?
11/1/10

In 1994, an Executive Order of the Governor established the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. This bi-partisan body of volunteer and service leaders administers the AmeriCorps national service program...Click Here to Read More

New Yorkers Volunteer Asks All New Yorkers to Participate in 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
9/11/10

The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established to engage all Americans and others to voluntarily support charitable causes, perform good deeds or engage in other service activities in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks...Click Here to Read More

New York State Hosts the Largest Ever National Conference on Volunteering and Service
6/30/10

This year’s National Conference, themed It’s Up To You! as a tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra song “New York, New York”, was a call to action for each of us! New York was proud to serve as the host State for the largest gathering of more than 5,400 members of national service programs, community volunteer organizations, and industry leaders in the world!...Click Here to Read More

Rochester AmeriCorps Receives the 2010 Kate Smith Marhatta Award
5/24/10

On behalf of MCC’s Pre-Collegiate Programs, we are pleased that Rochester AmeriCorps has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Kate Smith Marhatta Award. This award was initiated in 2007 to recognize those who give outstanding support to the Upward Bound, the Liberty Partnerships Program, and the Science and Technology Entry Program at MCC...Click Here to Read More

St. John’s University Receives Summer of Service Award
3/29/10

St. John's University recently received a $90,000 Summer of Service grant that will engage 180 students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the borough of Queens in New York City. With the support of older students serving as mentors, middle school students will participate in service-learning activities that address environmental issues and develop leadership skills...Click Here to Read More

Martin Luther King Junior Day 2010 - A Day ON for National Service Programs in New York State!
1/18/10

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service encourages all New York national service programs to participate in Martin Luther King Service events each year. In 2010, the State Commission was directly involved with New York’s MLK Day Celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, debuting the Commission’s new Public Service Announcement to attendees and informing attendees about ways to volunteer in their communities...Click Here to Read More

AmeriCorps Members Kick Off the 15th Year of AmeriCorps Programming in New York State
11/20/09

On November, 20th more than 1,200 AmeriCorps members and staff from programs across New York State kicked off their year of service at the Convention Center in Albany. Members traveled in from Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley, Central New York, the Adirondacks, Rochester, Buffalo, the Southern Tier as well as the Capital District!...Click Here to Read More

Joan Hajjar - "My Story is about Gratitude."
10/26/09

More than 15 years ago, I found myself living without hope. I had no sense of direction and no sense of purpose. I was homeless and felt as though I was in an endless whirlpool with no way to escape...Click Here to Read More

Tell Us What You're Doing in Your Community!
08/09

New Yorkers Volunteer wants to help promote your organization’s stories of service and volunteer initiatives as part of the President and First Lady’s United We Serve campaign and Serve.gov website. Governor Paterson and the First Lady have been leading the charge to support the United We Serve campaign and elevate the level of volunteering in New York through the State’s service initiative – New Yorkers Volunteer...Click Here to Read More

Service and Volunteering Continues to Expand in New York State
05/09

National Service history was made during the Spring of 2009 with the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. As a result, a proposed $5.3 billion in federal funding will support the expansion of national service programs...Click Here to Read More

New York State Kicks Off 2009 AmeriCorps Week by Getting Green Done!
05/09/09

On Saturday, May 9, the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted the national kickoff for AmeriCorps Week 2009. More than 1,300 AmeriCorps and other National Service members as well as community volunteers from across New York State spent the day providing service to the residents of East Harlem...Click Here to Read More

AmeriCorps Week 2009 New York State Service Projects
05/11/09

AmeriCorps Week 2009 features many great events across New York State...Click Here to Read More

O'Connor Center for Community Service Recognized with National Honor for Third Year in a Row
02/11/09

SUNY Delhi has been recognized with the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the volunteer efforts of its O'Connor Center for Community Service during 2008. Delhi was first recognized with this national recognition for extraordinary service in 2005 and then received recognition in 2006...Click Here to Read More

Reflections on Inauguration Day
01/20/09

AmeriCorps Alums represented the national service movement in the Inaugural Parade! As the stories and photos clearly demonstrate, the day was truly inspirational for those who participated and for those who watched...Click Here to Read More

Reflections on MLK Day of Service 2009
01/19/09

Here in New York State, hundreds of agencies and thousands of citizens responded to President Obama’s Call to Service by participating in MLK Day of Service events throughout the State...Click Here to Read More

2008 AmeriCorps Kickoff – We Hope You Dance!
11/19/08

Approximately 1,000 AmeriCorps members and staff from 32 programs around New York State enjoyed the 2008 AmeriCorps Kickoff Celebration on November 19, 2008. The Kickoff combined celebration with valuable training...Click Here to Read More

New York State AmeriCorps Members Kick Off New Year of Service
11/19/08

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service today announced the New York State AmeriCorps Kickoff Celebration at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. More than 1,300 AmeriCorps members, representing 46 programs from throughout New York State, gathered to take the oath that begins their year of service to the State and country...Click Here to Read More

UJA Mitzvah Month - A Model Program for Service
11/01/08

UJA-Federation of New York launches its 2008 Mitzvah Month, joining Jewish agencies and organizations around the country in the month-long, Jewish Social Action Month global initiative to promote both social action (“tikkun olam”) and Jewish peoplehood. UJA-Federation’s Mitzvah Month and Jewish Social Action Month occur in the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, which this year coincides with November...Click Here to Read More

Preventing Child Abuse One Step at a Time
10/18/08

Small acts can add up to make a big difference. On October 18, 2008, individuals from around the Capital Region will gather at Washington Park in Albany to show their support for child abuse prevention by walking for children...Click Here to Read More

America's Children Break Reading World Record
10/3/08

NEW YORK, NY. October 3, 2008 — Children across the country made history yesterday participating in the third annual Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® Campaign...Click Here to Read More

Governor Paterson Announces Creation of Cabinet Position for National and Community Service
9/11/08

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the creation of a cabinet position to address issues related to national and community service. Susan Stern, Chair of the State Commission on National and Community Service, will be elevated to the Governor’s cabinet...Click Here to Read More

14TH Annual Search Under Way for Nation's Top Youth Volunteers
9/2/08

Over the past 13 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 80,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. This week the search begins to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the prestigious awards program kicks off its 14th year...Click Here to Read More

CYO Welcomes AmeriCorps Members
8/6/08

Jim Smiley, coordinator of the CYO program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that AmeriCorps Members, Margaret and Marissa Thorpe have joined the staff of Catholic Charities’ CYO program....Click Here to Read More

In Harlem, a Zone Apart
6/15/08

It's 7:30 a.m., and Altheo Serrao's family has just arrived in Harlem from Staten Island, a two-hour journey by bus, ferry and subway. They do this every school day to be part of a program that isn't available anywhere else in New York City - or, for that matter, anywhere else in the country...Click Here to Read More

First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson Appointed to Serve As Honorary Commission Chair
6/11/08

Governor David A. Paterson today encouraged all New Yorkers to explore volunteer service opportunities with a community-based organization to help meet critical local needs...Click Here to Read More

Governor Paterson Announces AmeriCorps Week to Honor New Yorkers Active in Community Service
5/11/08

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that May 11-18 will be nationally observed as AmeriCorps Week. New York will honor nearly 8,000 New York State residents who currently serve as AmeriCorps members – a group committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout the State. As part of AmeriCorps Week, a variety of celebrations and service projects will take place across the State...Click Here to Read More

AmeriCorps Week 2008 - We Got It Done!
5/19/08

The second annual AmeriCorps Week was a major success! Thanks to the tens of thousands of AmeriCorps members, alums, staff, partners, and friends who joined in us in shining the spotlight on the extraordinary service and accomplishments of AmeriCorps and in helping recruit more Americans into service...Click Here to Read More

New York is Committed to Advancing Volunteerism and Civic Engagement

Governor Paterson announced today that New York has been selected to participate in a limited technical assistance grant by the National Governors Association center for Best Practices “Policy Academy on Civic Engagement of Older Adults.” Click Here to Read More

Grant to Help Older Workers Find Volunteer and Paid Jobs
7/21/08

ALBANY – Older New Yorkers looking for something worthwhile to do in their retirement years are in luck. The Center for Best Practices of the National Governor’s Association has selected New York as one of six recipients of a grant to keep older New Yorkers active in the workplace and volunteer activities... Click Here to Read More

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