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Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

The Einhorn Center works to connect students with opportunities to support community. We are here to help you connect with community organizations and find resources to support your work in public service.

Binh Duong

Alternatives Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is entering its 19th season! We’ve been providing free tax prep to Tompkins/Cortland communities and surrounding areas, and plan to have sites in Chemung and Schuyler as well. We are still looking for volunteers (in-person and remote) and site coordinators, please share with your networks! Especially for the following locations:

  • Schuyler, Montour Falls - volunteers and a site coordinator
  • Chemung, Elmira - volunteers and a site coordinator
  • Tompkins - site coordinator and volunteers


  • Variety of volunteer roles available!
  • Volunteer Guide with info for all potential volunteers
  • Sign up to get our VITA email updates
  • Fill out the Volunteer Interest form with preferred roles, locations, contact info, etc.

Site Coordinators:

  • Each site needing a coordinator is a smaller site, with max 3-4 preparers
  • Part-time temporary position, job description here
  • Site coordinators are supported by the Community Tax Program Director
Catholic Charities Tompkins Tioga
(607) 272-5062

Catholic Charities seeks volunteers who are interested in providing friendly and dignified service to those who come for help. They are looking for people with strong communication skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality. As a volunteer, you can service as a receptionist, office assistant, computer aide, or clothing closet worker.

Advocacy Center

Looking for a fulfilling and impactful volunteer experience for 2022? Become a Hotline Volunteer with the Advocacy Center!

Training begins soon, apply today at

"The Advocacy Center Hotline Volunteer Training was a much needed light in a chaotic and uncertain year. The staff are deeply compassionate and professional; they welcomed all of us while providing a comfortable space to practice and learn. I cannot wait to continue to grow as a volunteer" - Current Hotline Volunteer

Hotline volunteers answer our 24 hour hotline on evenings and weekends, right from your home. They provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information about legal or medical options, and emotional support to survivors and those supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Volunteers are provided with free and extensive training by Advocacy Center staff prior to answering the hotline and have immediate access to a staff member during their shift.

Training will begin on Saturday, January 29th and will be offered virtually.

Ithaca Sciencecenter

If you have an upbeat and positive attitude, strong oral communication skills, and a passion for teaching and learning, we want you to become a Sciencenter volunteer! You will receive ongoing opportunities to grow and gain skills within the organization. Science content expertise is not required.

Before you are eligible to volunteer, you must:

  1. Fill out an application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  2. Complete an “Explore Session” (a 30 minute self-guided exploration of the museum). Regular admission fees are waived for Explore Sessions.
  3. Have a successful 20 – 30 minute interview. If your application is accepted, the Volunteer Programs Manager will contact you to schedule.
  4. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation/Training, held monthly.

Contact with any questions!


  • Education Programming Assistant: Enhance the guest experience by facilitating hands-on activities, supporting memorable interactions with exhibits and helping to maintain a safe, clean museum environment for all.
  • Animal Room/Tidepool Touch Tank Facilitator: Introduce our guests to teaching reptiles and Tidepool Touch Tank inhabitants. Training in these areas is available to experienced volunteers.
  • Special Events: Individual and group volunteers are needed for 2-4 hour shifts at special events, which generally take place on weekends and weekday evenings. Events include Spooky Science in October, featured Saturday Showtimes!, and various outreach appearances throughout the year.
  • Community Work-Study: Complete all necessary paperwork with your college/university. Listings available through Cornell’s Public Service Center and Ithaca College’s Community Service Federal Work Study program.
  • Internships: Hoping to complete an internship requirement? Send a cover letter, resume, and description of your skills and interest areas to
Works with Minors
Richard Rivera

Richard Rivera of Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) is collecting donations of these items , extra or unused, for individuals experiencing homelessness: 

  • Sleeping bags,
  • tents,
  • tarps,
  • warm socks,
  • and long underwear 

They also try to gift many of our clients with $20 gift cards to TOPS for the holidays. You can contact him for pickup at or drop them off at OAR located at 910 W. State Street, Ithaca, NY. 

Mutual Aid Tompkins County

Cabinets are located all over Tompkins County. Please consider donating to a cabinet near you!

Katy Noonan

Meal Prep and Service for Loaves and Fishes, providing fresh, free meals to those in need. 

December 1-10, assist with meal preparation and serving, Tuesdays//Thursday 2:30 pm-5:00 pm or 5:00 pm-7:30 pm

December 13-January 31 Tuesdays/Thursdays 2;30 pm-5:00 pm, Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 9:00 am-11:30 am or 13;30 am -1:30 pm

For more information about signing up to volunteer, please email

Michaela Cortright

Volunteers at the Clothing Closet encourage a positive experience for both participants and volunteers. They will maintain a clean and organized closet and accurately record information regarding the frequency of use and number of items leaving the clothing closet. 

Responsibilities include greet participants, sort donations, clearly and accurately label donations and store in correct locations, enter data into computer, respect confidentiality, work in accordance with the agency's mission, adhere to the agency's policies, and other duties deemed appropriate. 

Volunteers are required to have strong organizational skills, computer competency, ability to interact successfully with a wide variety of people using tact and courtesy, assertive, dependable, and the ability and initiative to work independently with minimal supervision. There must be a commitment to one shift per week (Current hours: Tues-Fri 1-3:30pm). 

Please contact the director, Michaela Cortright, at for an application!

Lydia Dolch

Join any or all of Open the Lid's Group Empowerment Classes on Zoom as a Peer Mentor for teens and adults with neurodivergent identities such as autistic people, people with Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental differences. Model active listening, fluid conversation, problem-solving, goal setting, and inclusivity. Host short, small breakout groups for about 10 minutes of the 50-minute sessions. Meetings 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and 7:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Works with Minors

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is collecting winter outerwear.

Donations are to be in clean and usable condition

Looking for:

  • jackets,
  • snow pants,
  • boots,
  • hats,
  • scarves,
  • mittens for children from newborn to 12 years old
  • and scarves,
  • hats,
  • gloves for adults

Surplus will be donated elsewhere locally

Drop off in West Hill, Cayuga Heights, and South Lansing. Pickups may also be arranged