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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.

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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