What is CVAC?

CVACThe Chemung Volunteer Action Corps is a civic engagement program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung which provides education, resources, and referrals for Chemung County residents interested in serving their community through volunteerism. CVAC volunteers make a difference by helping families and Chemung County communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Enrolled volunteers serve CCE in one or more of our programs in various capacities for more than one day per year. They are covered by CCE liability and receive criminal background checks. Enrolled volunteers go through the full volunteer application process, including reference and criminal background checks (which will be conducted again in three years). They receive an orientation and specific training based on their role and the specific CCE program. They receive the “THRIVE” newsletter and have access to educational programs offered by CCE Chemung.


Agriculture & Natural Resources
Energy & Environmental Education


Community Nutrition & Wellness
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Bone Builders Osteoporosis Prevention Exercise
Home Management
SOS – Supporting Our Seniors


4-H Youth Development
Leadership Development
Referrals to more than 100 community agencies and organizations.

Affiliated volunteers are program participants only, and are counted as such. They are not part of the CCE volunteer pool and are not covered by CCE liability insurance for volunteers. As program participants, and community volunteers, they receive “THRIVE” and have access to educational programs offered by CCE Chemung. They are educated regarding volunteer opportunities with CCE Chemung and in the community and may be referred on to a community agency in need of their skills. They are not supervised or managed by CCE.

Last updated September 1, 2022