Thirteen more AmeriCorps volunteers on Thursday joined the ranks of those in the program already tutoring students, working on housing and teaching financial literacy to adults among other service projects in Buffalo and surrounding areas.
“A baker’s dozen of AmeriCorps VISTA members will be coming to City Hall and to community partners to work over the next three years to address some of the top priorities that the mayor has,” said Max Finberg, who’s AmeriCorps VISTA’s national director in Washington, D.C., and a Buffalo native.
Finberg said almost $900,000 will be spent to cover the volunteers’ living expenses. That is in addition to the $4.8 million in federal funds already provided over the past few years for the national service program.
“This is a very significant commitment on the part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and one we are certainly very appreciative of,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “We are the ‘City of Good Neighbors,’ and oftentimes people want to volunteer or do things to make a difference in the city.”
Brown thanked AmeriCorps for its continued presence in the city, saying it would have cost the city $2.8 million to make those hires over three years.
The mayor said the volunteers will be used for different programs and initiatives in the city, primarily addressing issues of poverty, economic development and job creation.
“Through the Corporation for National and Community Service we’re able to effectively marshal that volunteerism, and put people to work as volunteers in very meaningful ways that have helped to strengthen and grow the community,” Brown said.
There are now 358 AmeriCorps volunteers in Western and Central New York.