In conjunction with the New York State Volunteer Generation Program, New Yorkers Volunteer and the Corporation for National & Community Service, VolunteerCNY serves as the hub for volunteer activity for Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and Madison Counties. Driven by the United Way of Central New York, VolunteerCNY is an initiative to promote volunteerism across the region. 

According to recent census data, New York State ranks 51st out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in volunteer activity. Startled by this statistic, New York State’s Commission on National & Community Service established a goal to strengthen our volunteer spirit.

‘Place one million people in meaningful roles as volunteers to address important needs in communities across the state.’

To maximize the impact of volunteers, the State Commission established a network of ten volunteer-connector agencies to serve as Regional Volunteer Centers. Regional Volunteer Centers, like VolunteerCNY, provide critical training and resources to expand the capacity of local volunteer organizations. These resources will help organizations recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer assignments. 


We are working with New Yorkers Volunteer and 9 Regional Volunteer Centers across the state to achieve the following objectives over the next three years:

  • Develop and expand a sustainable network of national and community service agencies that will provide services and resources to communities throughout New York State.
  • Engage one million New Yorkers in active service in order to increase New York's volunteer rate to the current national average and help address our State’s most pressing needs.
  • Deliver volunteer management training that will strengthen the capacity of non-profit agencies statewide and strategically engage national service programs and volunteer resources as a solution to critical local problems.

  • Elevate the New York State Commission's capacity to implement its objectives statewide, capture regional and local volunteer statistics to fully analyze the service landscape in New York, and increase the overall impact of skill-based volunteers to meet community needs.