New York State Volunteer Generation Fund 2016
New York is a state of contrasts. It is home to one of the largest cities in the world, nearly seven million acres of farmland and the largest state park in the country. While much of New York State's (NYS) strength lies in its diversity, the gap between rich and poor is a concern. NYS has one of the highest ratios of income inequality in the nation, and it is difficult for many New Yorkers to access opportunities to succeed.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has taken significant steps toward promoting equal opportunities for all residents. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor has led efforts to increase the minimum wage, reduce hunger, and make housing more affordable. The NYS Commission on National and Community Service (NY Commission) believes volunteers can play an important role in promoting equal opportunities for all New Yorkers.
The NY Commission is proud to continue the spirit of volunteerism that started with a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant from the
Corporation on National and Community Service
in 2010. During that grant’s six year lifespan, the NY Commission exceeded the goal of recruiting over one million volunteers statewide.
New York State is building on that success to address an urgent issue in our state: promoting equal opportunity. The 2016 VGF program is designed to answer the question: "How can volunteers increase opportunities for all New Yorkers?" The Volunteer Generation Fund is an instrumental piece of the Governor’s 2016
The NY Commission is working with eight non-profit organizations, located throughout New York State that will involve volunteers in efforts to alleviate poverty and increase opportunity for New Yorkers. The Commission’s sub-grantees, acting as connector organizations, are committed to recruiting, training, placing and/or managing volunteers within their organizations and within partner nonprofit organizations in their communities.
The 8 Volunteer Generation Fund Grantee Organizations are as follows:
- Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Inc. (Auburn, New York)
- Volunteer Service Bureau of Westchester (Tarrytown, New York)
- Family of Woodstock, Inc. (Kingston, New York)
- Mohawk Valley Community College (Rome, New York)
- New York Cares, Inc. (New York, New York)
- GardenShare (Canton, NY)
- The Rural Health Network SCNY, Inc. (Whitney Point, NY)
- The Service Collaborative of Western NY (Buffalo, NY)
Sub-grantee organizations identified an issue area of focus, under the umbrella goal of fighting poverty, and have articulated how the volunteers they recruit, train and manage will make a demonstrable impact in their communities.
Volunteers from VGF Partner Family of Woodstock, gleaning scallions for the Farm to Food Pantry Program at Phillies Bridge Farm, October 2016.
Volunteers from VGF Partner Family of Woodstock, preparing pumpkin, butternut squash, and acorn squash donated from Kelder’s Farm and Row by Row Farm to be distributed to local food pantries in Ulster County, November 30, 2016.
A volunteer from VGF Partner Family of Woodstock, beet gleaning for the Farm to Food Pantry Program at Phillies Bridge Farm, November 2016.
Volunteers from VGF Partner Family of Woodstock, extreme gleaning in the cold for the Farm to Food Pantry Program at Huguenot Street Farm, November 2016.
Volunteers from VGF Partner Family of Woodstock, participating in the United Way Day of Caring September 14th, 2016 processing tomatoes and peppers donated by local farms at Ulster County Community Action, Kingston. The processed produce was frozen for winter distribution at local food pantries and feeding programs.
Volunteers from VGF Partner Family of Woodstock, field gleaning at Huguenot Street Farm, New Paltz, September 2016.
Volunteer Generation Fund Grantee “iServe Mohawk Valley Community College” volunteers distributing produce at Fresh Food
giveaway in Rome, New York (Summer, 2016)
Volunteer Management Resources and Training Opportunities
New York State Volunteer Generation Program 2016