Cattaraugus County will receive $198,405 to provide academic assistance, positive role modeling and life skills training through AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
"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," Gov. Andrew 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."
The state Commission on National and Community Service - New Yorkers Volunteer uses AmeriCorps to address some of the state's most challenging issues and encourages citizens to make a difference in the lives of others. The state's AmeriCorps members improve schools and increase educational opportunities, fight poverty, come to the aid of the sick, prepare communities for disasters and rebuild following severe weather events, preserve the environment and support veterans and military families. Since 1994, more than 72,000 AmeriCorps members in New York have completed more than 110 million hours of service.
"Southern Tier and Finger Lakes volunteers give their time and their talents selflessly so that their neighbors might be better off - and in turn they inspire all of us to better serve," said U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. "We can encourage their service here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes by making sure they are supported and given the tools they need to improve the lives of others. I'm proud to represent such a caring and giving community that truly appreciates the value of volunteerism."