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About the Commission

About the Commission


The New York State Commission on National and Community Service (the Commission) was established in 1994 by an Executive Order of the Governor, and administers programs funded by the National Community Service Trust Act of 1993,  as amended by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009. Commission members are appointed by the governor and represent a diverse, bipartisan, and statewide network of interested citizens and supporters of service. Commission members each have a strong background in community service and leadership and provide a tremendous resource to the state service and volunteer communities.

The Commission receives annual federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. It uses this funding to make grants to nonprofits, faith-based organizations, local government and educational institutions that provide outcome-based service to address community-identified needs.

The Commission also serves as the lead state entity responsible for networking volunteer resources and carrying out civic engagement initiatives as identified by the governor. The Commission collaborates with local, state and national volunteer agencies, government, and other public and private entities to achieve its mission.

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    The Commission seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering in New York State. The Commission also promotes volunteering and community service as proven methods to solve local problems in our communities.

    New York State Service Plan

    Every three years, the Commission develops a service plan for the state. The State Service Plan assesses the needs of the state and outlines goals and strategies for addressing those needs through service and volunteerism. The development of the plan is informed by input from stakeholders in the national and community service field, such as current AmeriCorps programs and other non-profit organizations. The Commission works closely with the Office of the Governor to finalize the state service plan. The most recent State Service Plan (2018-2020) was approved and adopted on February 5, 2018. The plan is available in full below.

    New York State Service Plan 2018-2020



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    New York State Commission on National & Community Service
    52 Washington Street
    North Building - Suite 338
    Rensselaer, NY 12144

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