Office of Children and Family Services

News Article
Monday, July 25, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces $14.4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

   New York State has been awarded $14.4 million in AmeriCorps funding for 14 organizations that promote children’s health and education, disaster preparedness and other key initiatives. The funding, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will support the recruitment of new AmeriCorps Members. $8.1 million in competitive grant funds have already been awarded, with an additional $6.3 million in New York State AmeriCorps grants to be announced later this year. 

  “New Yorkers help New Yorkers when they need it the most – a tradition that is exemplified by the great AmeriCorps volunteers in every corner of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will support the vital work of these organizations to improve lives and help build a stronger New York for all.”

   Each receiving organization has crafted a program to address specific needs in its community. Awarded through a national competitive Request for Proposal process, the funding will enable 14 nonprofit organizations to recruit new AmeriCorps members. New York State received its best results in the last five years, with 90 percent of grant submissions funded. The New York State Commission on National and Community Service - New Yorkers Volunteer will administer the funding.

   “AmeriCorps members are making a real difference in our state, and we are gratified that the Corporation for National and Community Service has shown such strong support for New York’s excellent national service programs," says Linda Cohen, Executive Director of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. "Whether it’s cleaning up after a devastating storm or helping children succeed in school, this funding will further the growth of the communities they serve.”

  Congressman Charles Rangel applauded the governor's committment to enhancing AmeriCorps. "This generous funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service will serve as a substantial investment to involve New Yorkers in the important work of improving our communities by providing essential services in education and infrastructure," Rangel said.

   Congressman José E. Serrano said the funding will allow some New York's most important non-profits to strengthen and expand their activities by recruiting new AmeriCorps members. "The work of these non-profits is crucial in communities like the Bronx and thanks to this funding they will be able to offer more programming and services in a number of key areas including children’s health, education, and disaster preparedness," Serrano said.

   Congressman Brian Higgins pointed out service organizations turn ideals into action to enact sustainable change. "AmeriCorps and the Service Collaborative of WNY will use these resources to create support systems for school children," says Higgins, "filling in critical gaps to build a strong foundation, and giving them tools to succeed.”

Programs receiving new AmeriCorps grants:

Organization Name

Program Summary

Approved Funding

Population Served

Blue Engine

Preparing public high school students from low-income communities for success in college.


New York City

Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.

Helping pre-school children in low-income neighborhoods build emergent language and literacy skills.


New York City

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

Nonprofit law firm providing free legal aid to people with civil legal problems in western New York.



New York City Office of the Mayor

Enhancing community resiliency and responding to challenges through the NYC Civic Corps.


New York City

New York State Unified Court System

Providing conflict resolution services in schools throughout New York State, focusing on attendance, discipline, and inter-personal disputes.


New York City

Reading Partners

Recruit and manage volunteers to provide literacy tutoring to struggling readers in grades K – 5.


New York City

The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.

Designing and implementing programs to help children in impoverished neighborhoods succeed in school.


Buffalo and Western New York

Student Conservation Association, Inc.

Building the next generation of conservation leaders, inspiring lifelong stewardship of the environment, engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.


Adirondacks and Hudson Valley

Sunset Park Health Council, dba NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers

Providing high quality, affordable outpatient primary health care and support services close to home, as one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) networks in the nation.


New York City

Current programs receiving a second or third year of funding:

Organization Name

Program Summary

Approved Funding

Population Served

American Red Cross of Northeastern New York

Educating the public about disaster preparedness, recruiting Red Cross volunteers and supporting rapid response


Capital Region

East Harlem Tutorial Program

Implementing a teacher-preparation residency program to support education in high-needs communities


New York City

FoodCorps, Inc.

Connecting public school children to healthy food through nutrition education and school gardens.


New York City

Genesee County Youth Bureau

Providing fitness, nutrition, and environmental stewardship education to youth in the community


Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties

Harlem Children’s Zone

Preparing children for school; improve literacy in grades K - 5; and help high school seniors graduate on time


Central Harlem


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