New York State Commission on National & Community Service
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The New York State Commission proposes to increase the capacity of its Regional Volunteer Centers (RVC) and serve a tremendous need in our state -- to engage volunteers to help prepare New York's communities for disaster. Over the past three years, the New York State (NYS) Commission on National and Community Service (Commission) has created and managed ten successful RVCs utilizing Volunteer Generation Funds. Even though the RVCs have been well-received and extremely successful in recruiting/placing over one million volunteers, including many who responded to recent disasters, the Centers are not "disaster ready". The State's RVCs have yet to establish regional infrastructures that are highly effective during times of great need. In the last twenty-four months, NYS has sustained damage from powerful storms including Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, and most recently Superstorm Sandy, which have crippled entire regions of the state. Under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Commission, NYS is embarking on a statewide priority project to develop a Governor's Disaster Corps. This new Corps will be developed and supported by a robust, disaster-specific volunteer program, embedded in each of the State's RVCs. Through this proposal, NYS will use the RVC infrastructure to expand and coordinate disaster volunteer resources, and engage New Yorkers to serve in the Governor's Disaster Corps.