Buffalo ranked fifth for producing AmeriCorps members

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The city of good neighbors has been ranked as number five among large cities in the nation for producing AmeriCorps members.

AmeriCorps has 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. A list of responsibilities include educating millions of students for jobs in the twenty-first century; supporting individuals, families and neighbors on the road to economic recovery; supporting veteran and military families; helping communities rebuild after natural disasters; improving at-risk ecosystems; and providing a healthy future.

The ranking comes from data released this week by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program and leads the nation’s service and volunteer programs.

The analysis looked at only members who served in the program year of 2014. Associating the permanent addresses of members to a U.S. designated place and state, including the District of Columbia.

A large-sized city was defined as a place with a population greater than or equal to 250,000.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the CNCS, says that being a part of AmeriCorps makes a powerful impact on the challenges facing the United States.

“Building on New York’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members from Buffalo will improve lives and strengthen communities across the nation,” Spencer said. “I salute these AmeriCorps members for their dedication and thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible.”

Since AmeriCorps was formed more than 20 years ago, New York State has produced 79,000 members who have given more than 120 million hours of service and received more than $283 million in scholarships. CNCS invests more than 100 million in national service projects to the state, providing funding for more than 5,000 members through the Empire State.

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