The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is a 9,000 square mile, four-season playground set against a backdrop of Mother Nature’s best work – from waterfalls and gorges to thick woods, to rolling hills to spectacular shoreline on 11 glacial lakes, one Great Lake and the Erie Canal.
You can enjoy all four seasons in the Finger Lakes Region. Spring time brings with it cool lake breezes, colorful festivals and perfect, blooming flowers. Additionally, the world class wineries come to life. The warm summer season brings all the lakes to life. Pick any of the 11 lakes across the region to swim, jet-ski, wakeboard, boat and kayak, or simply to bask next to. Fall is one of the most popular times of year in the Finger Lakes—and it’s no wonder. With harvest festivals, brisk temperatures and some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the country, autumn on the lakes is both relaxing and exciting. Winter also brings with it exciting snow sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
At the heart of the Finger Lakes lies the Rochester, NY metro region. Rochester and the surrounding counties are home to almost 70,000 veterans. The Greater Rochester, NY region has an exceptional quality of life, measured by a variety of factors including access to cultural amenities, affordable health care, recreational activities, cost of living, excellent colleges and universities, weather, and an environment in which to raise a healthy and educated family. Our community also has the arts, culture, sports and nightlife of a big city, but the ease and comfort of a small town. In addition to a beautiful, varied landscape, an abundance of cultural and recreational activities, Rochester is one of the least-congested cities in the U.S., with an average commute of just 21 minutes.
Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) was competitively selected to receive funding for the Upstate New York Coordination Center during the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Committee selection process that concluded in the Fall of 2015. The area to be served will include nine counties in and around the New York State Finger Lakes Region. However, the Upstate community is working diligently to expand its reach to include the western and central regions.
Veterans Outreach Center, located in Rochester, NY, is the oldest veteran services agency in the country. It opened its doors to welcome in veterans, service members and their families in 1973. The mission and values of VOC align with AmericaServes and together, they look to enhance the services provided to veterans, service members and their families. The goal of our Coordination Center is to team with other local organizations and practitioners to leverage the best-in-class resources and amenities.