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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 for students to support community organizations locally and beyond. We are here to help you connect with community organizations and find resources to support your work in public service.

E-mail:
dom@easya.io
Dom Kwok
2154102290

Founded by recent Ivy / Oxbridge grads, EasyA is a 100% free app that gives all students access to tutoring via chat, and needs volunteer STEM tutors to help! All volunteers help out on their own time and there's no scheduling ahead required!

What you gain:

  • Confidence in teaching and communication skills, as well as mastering the ability to explain anything to anyone
  • Responsibility and a crucial role in closing the equal opportunities gap
  • Have a REAL IMPACT on students, improving their attainment by 0.5-1 grade (in our most recent impact study)

Our commitment to you:

  • Teach when you want, wherever you want, right from your smartphone! (NO min time commitment or scheduling ahead required). 
  • Entries into monthly raffles to win AWESOME prizes (think EasyA branded masks, T-shirts, summer party tickets and MUCH MUCH MORE)
  • Certificates and glowing references based on hours volunteered, so you can FLEX your altruism on LinkedIn and future employers!

SIGN UP NOW via this <1 min form (https://forms.gle/XxKmEGPsWqdzJ46L8) or email recruitment@easya.co.uk for more info

On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
kelly.sauve@fingerlakestoylibrary.org
Kelly Sauve
607-241-0977

Since 2017, the Finger Lakes Toy Library has been improving the quality of life in our region by increasing access to toys, supporting play, and encouraging a culture of reuse and sharing. Play is increasingly being shown to be invaluable to the development and education of children, especially during early childhood. We hope you will join us in positively impacting Ithaca’s children by making high-quality toys accessible to everyone in the community.

The Assistant Coordinator of Operations will help with many aspects of running the Finger Lakes Toy Library) including:

  • staffing open hours (greet members, advise on toy selection, check in and check out toys using our automated “LendEngine” system)
  • ensuring the toy collection and toy library stay organized
  • performing outreach and relationship building with local community, including social media and monthly newsletter
  • overseeing curbside pick-up
  • helping organize and manage playtime programming and events
  • supporting fundraising efforts through direct mail and phone calls
On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
admin@heartsoverhands.org
Trisha Ortiz
609-357-6178

Are you looking to make an impact on children around the country?Hearts over Hands is a student volunteer-run organization that provides youth mentorship to families looking for support. We pair university student volunteers with younger children to build lasting relationships and to break the sense of social isolation that many are currently experiencing. Through weekly video calls with the families they are matched with, mentors offer anything from fun companionship activities and general conversation to tutoring and homework help. Volunteers also have the opportunity to serve as counselors and lead group activities with our families.

While Hearts over Hands was originally founded to reach and aid parents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we have since expanded our mission to serve any and all families in need during this difficult time. We have over 300 families from around the country signed up to receive support and are looking for more volunteers to join the team and brighten a child’s day!

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCYF8-jK1tk4vpCgLEByJGwjxyMlW3ep8_GNYYeyQfwjVbhA/viewform)by October 17 or take a look at our website to find out more about us:

https://www.heartsoverhands.org

On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
tylar.henson@redcross.org
Tylar Henson
607-223-9935

The Red Cross of Southern Tier New York is looking for Ithaca based individuals for:

Are you a people person who wants to help your community?

If so, the Blood Services Donor Ambassador role is for you! As a Donor Ambassador you help to provide excellent and professional customer service in a medical setting to enhance the blood donor experience.

  • Greet Donors and explain the process
  • Manage Donor flow at temperature taking station and explain the purpose of temperature screening
  • Manage the hospitality experience by thanking donors for their contribution and offering refreshments
  • Available minimum of one 5-6 hour shift per month
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse communities and backgrounds
On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
tylar.henson@redcross.org
Tylar Henson
607-223-9935

Disaster Action Team (DAT) through the American Red Cross of Southern Tier New York members provide 24-hour immediate support and assistance to individuals and families who have been impacted by a home fire or other local disaster.

On-going
E-mail:
christina.morrow2@parks.ny.gov
Christina Morrow
716-544-9737

The Three Gorges Project manages for seven target invasive plant species in the three Ithaca area state parks (Taughannock Falls, Buttermilk Falls, and Robert H. Treman). Work would include manual removals of invasive species and planting of native species. We are looking for individuals and student/volunteer groups who would enjoy working in a beautiful setting to aid in restoration efforts.

On-going
E-mail:
mma86@cornell.edu
Maja Anderson

Neighbor to Neighbor is a Tompkins County project of the Center for Transformative Action that accepts gently-used furniture and delivers it to families in our area who need them. These families are often moving into housing after periods of homelessness or coming out of long-term hospitalizations or periods of incarceration.

We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver the furniture. Due to COVID restrictions, you will not be required to enter anyone's home but will pick up and drop off furniture from a covered outdoor area. If you are over 21 and have a valid driver's license, you may also apply to drive the delivery truck! Truck-driving experience is appreciated but not required.

We also often have ad hoc jobs that need to be done so reach out if you’d like to get involved with a great local community organization that connects neighbor to neighbor.Come help us help our community!

On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
mem528@cornell.edu
Megan Mosher
646-256-0033

Cayuga Park Complex has broken ground and the Ithaca Community Gardens are being reconfigured. We still get to be neighbors with the Ithaca Farmers Market, but the Gardens will undergo some changes. To make this possible, we help August – early October!

We are looking for student groups who need to earn volunteer hours, want to work outside a community garden, and care about sustainability and reusing materials. We have to clean out sheds, demolish our gazebo, and move plants before early October. 

On-going
E-mail:
ma2284@cornell.edu
Maria Arnot
607-267-6131

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins is currently seeking volunteers to support Tompkins Food as Medicine, Healthy Food For All and an Equity Shares programs, all of which provide nutritious, local produce to individuals and families in Tompkins County. 

-Tompkins Food as Medicine connects patients with nutrition-related chronic diseases to fresh and nutritious produce. 

-Healthy Food For All helps make fresh, quality produce accessible to low-income households through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares coupled with nutrition and cooking education.

-Healthy Food For All Has also partners with the Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing, and Ultimate Reentry Opportunity to provide subsidized shares to BIPOC individuals, Immigrants & Refugees, ESL speakers, and people on parole, probation and families impacted by incarceration.

We are currently looking for volunteers to deliver produce to families and individuals enrolled in these programs. We have open shifts on Wednesday evenings between 4pm-6pm, from the East Hill Farmers Market and Wednesday evenings between 4pm-6pm, from fall creek. Deliveries take approximately 1 hour.

On-going
E-mail:
volunteer@ithacamarket.com
Sarah Nickerson
607-279-3573

The Ithaca Farmers Market is now welcoming volunteers! Get involved with your community! Meet local farmers, artisans, and food makers! Do you want to know how you can help? Most volunteer positions are seasonal and/or temporary. Email our Volunteer Coordinator-  will get in touch with you within 1-2 weeks to set up an interview with you to discuss the best volunteer opportunity for you and your schedule.

Note: Applicants must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Applicants who are younger than 16 years old may apply if they can ensure that an adult guardian or parent will volunteer with them and be present at market for the duration of their volunteer shifts. 

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