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Our twenty-three current Americorps members are serving thirteen local non-profits to better Cortland County every day.
The Institute for Civic Engagement appreciates the work that they do.


AmeriCorps Kickoff Event

SUNY Cortland AmeriCorps members represented Cortland at the annual AmeriCorps kickoff held in Albany, NY by The New York State Commission on National and Community Service.

The event held on November 19, 2010 united thousands of AmeriCorps members from New York State to acknowledge current AmeriCorps members for their year of service and to swear-in new AmeriCorps members for the upcoming program year.  Members also listened to testimonials by AmeriCorps alumni, attended a service fair to allow members to network with each other and learn more about the services being provided throughout the state, and partook in educational trainings for Disaster Preparedness and Conflict Resolution.  A mass service project also took place were 3000 Christmas cards were signed and filled with inspirational messages by AmeriCorps members to send to American troops overseas.

Keynote speaker La-Verna Fountain, founder of Defiant Hope, was amazing and inspiring.  She spoke to us of the personal dedication and individual impacts that our pledges represented.  La-Verna also ran the conflict resolution trainings.

Stenciling Main Street Stenciling - Stephanie Plude Stenciling - Rebecca Hammer-Lester

Host Site: Soil & Water Conservation District and Cortland Downtown Partnership

Rebecca Hammer-Lester, AmeriCorps Volunteer at SWCD, and Stephanie Plude, AmeriCorps Volunteer at CDP, joined forces to organize a Stenciling Project for the City of Cortland to raise awareness.  Together with volunteers they stenciled hundreds of drains with "Don't Dump/Drains to River."



Portal Element Island of Healing Tight Rope Walk Tight Rope Walk Tight Rope Walk - Victory! Rope Swing Across

SUNY Cortland AmeriCorps: Low Ropes Training Course

On June 30th, eleven AmeriCorps Volunteers and three of their site supervisors attended a day of Low Ropes Training at 4-H Camp Owhata developing trust, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork skills.  Elements included were trust falls and obstacle guidance, levitation through the tire swing, swinging to the "Island of Healing," walking tight ropes, and crossing on rope swings.  As can be seen in the photos, this was a lot of fun and we have a great group of capable and supportive AmeriCorps Volunteers and Supervisors this year!




Chad Hovey showing the CCDC students their art exhibit. Bird collage made by CCDC 2 and 3 year olds.

Reinforcing art education with CCDC children. 

Host Site: Cortland Child Development Center

At the Cortland Child Development Center, children are provided with a place to play, learn and grow under the supervision and direction of a trained and caring staff. Through creative play activities, in a safe and secure environment, they help the children transition to new skill levels, while promoting their respect and independence. One of the activities Chad Hovey devoted his Americorps volunteer work to was helping 2-4 year olds develop motor skills for making art and, with the help of CCDC staff, to put on their own art exhibit at the Beard Gallery at Main Street SUNY Cortland. The exhibit was used to reinforce their lessons.




Might Molar, Sen James Seward, and Jackie Carlton of SVHC Nick Cecconi displaying tools for silent auction. Sen. Seward listening to a speaker during the luncheon.

Host Site: Seven Valleys Health Coalition

SVHC runs many programs aimed at bettering the health and healthcare opportunities for members of Cortland County.  Americorps worker, Nick Cecconi helps host events such as this silent auction fundraiser for their Mighty Molar dental program, bringing dental care to underserved children.  At the same event, the Mayor of Cortland, Susan Feiszli, declared it Sen. James Seward Day and SVHC awarded the senator for his work in promoting the health and well-being of Central New York’s children.

 Family Resource and Fun Center




Host Site: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Family Resource and Fun Center

Every day, Americorps member, Sarah Wilsey, recruits volunteers and develops fundraising efforts.  Her ultimate goal is to offer an atmosphere in which families are supported in guiding their children to reach their full potential.





 Host Site: Institute for Civic Engagement & Cortland Downtown Partnership

On MLK, Jr. Day 2010, as part of the events organized by Americorps member, Stephanie Plude, volunteers joined residents at Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care in Cortland to watch a documentary on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement and to discuss their experiences.