NYC Civic Corps

Illumination Grant

In 2009, the Illumination Fund and the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Foundation provided the start-up funding for the NYC Civic Corps, a core component of NYC Service, which was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s comprehensive initiative to promote a new era of volunteerism in New York City and direct volunteers toward the City’s areas of greatest need. Through the NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program, small teams of specially-trained members are assigned to help nonprofit organizations and City agencies to recruit, engage, and direct volunteers to meet New York City’s pressing needs in Economic Opportunity, Environment & Clean Energy, Education and Health. The Civic Corps members go beyond hands-on service – they spend their 10-month terms developing and implementing capacity-building strategies designed to create sustainable volunteer management structures so the participating organizations can continue to effectively engage volunteers. Since its inception, 750 members of the NYC Civic Corps program have served at 131 partner non-profit and City agencies.

Current and past partner sites include:

  • Citizens Committee for New York City
  • New York City Coalition Against Hunger
  • NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment
  • NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
  • NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • United Way of New York City