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The Public Service 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.

Taisia Zhernosiekova
(203) 903-8709

ENGin is looking for volunteers aged 14-25 to serve as speaking buddies for international students. This is a super-flexible and unique opportunity to make a difference without leaving your room. Plus, you'll get to know peers across the world!

Here's how it works: we'll pair you up with a Ukrainian student to video chat each week at times that are convenient for you. We match students and volunteers based on age, interests, and schedules. All of our students have a basic knowledge of English, and we also provide detailed session plans for you to use. Your speaking sessions can be 30-60 minutes long.

To join our team, please fill out this short form: Then, we'll email you to schedule a 15-minute video call to get to know you better and answer any questions.

You can learn more about ENGin at If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us at

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Sandra Repp

We are ready to jump back into action making our area burst with beautiful gardens, and there is STILL TIME TO JOIN THESE EFFORTS. If you'd like to learn more about ornamental gardening while making our area (even more) gorgeous, please join! 

To see some of the great work that has come out of this program or to learn more about it, visit

Jihany Hassun

This remote research internship seeks to actively participate in an existing conversation on alternative models for urbanism that include, but is not limited, to tactical, grassroots and participatory practices. These efforts advocate for a more tolerant, equitable and just articulation of the city. Through the medium of a virtual, mapping platform, the project seeks to bring light to the fragmented mosaic of these initiatives in the capital city of São Paulo, Brazil. 

Through this collaboration, the successful applicant will be asked to apply a set of interdisciplinary research methods to assess, analyze and populate an interactive, and interactive mapping platform. This platform has the objective to promote a constructive dialog between actors of the public, private and non-profit sectors that seek to optimize social and environmental impact in the metropolitan area of São Paulo. The mapping platform is destined to be a live document that will continue to develop after the internship has ended. In this project, Cornell student interns may be working with Brazilian interns towards a collaborative research product. 

Katie Church

Pitch in where its needed on the day you come! We grow annual vegetables, medicinal herbs, mushrooms and fruit/nut trees - and most importantly, young minds! 

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Julio Rodriguez
(518) 866-4147

The goal of the program this semester is to give students interested in foreign language and culture engagement a glimpse at the practice of engaging with K-12 students through interactive workshops. 

Each month, the workshops will be held in collaboration with a Cornell faculty or staff member. At the conclusion, each student participant should come away from the program ready to volunteer in the local area this fall. 

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Anna Rutherford

All proceeds go to the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes!

This event is a virtual step challenge to be completed on your own time. The only requirements are that you complete 6,250 steps (3.2 miles) over the course of 7 days and that you have fun! We suggest getting a few friends and trying to knock it out in 1-2 days, but however you choose to complete the challenge is up to you.

We designed and created this event to rally our community together around an amazing organization, the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRC). Like many other nonprofits that provide vital services, CRC has felt the blow of COVID-19 and is still striving to continue to deliver the care, resources, and support needed by so many in our community. Their mission is to make sure that NO ONE has to face cancer alone, and just as they uplift others, we want to show our dedication to them. 

How to Register:Go to to fill out registration
Donate $10+ using Venmo or our Giving platform 
Receive an email with detailed instructions on how to complete the challenge!

By registering for the 5K Step Challenge and donating to this worthy cause, we are all, collectively, moving a step further together. Thank you!

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Sean Campbell

ReUse needs help to process an overflow of materials to make them available back to the community! Our staff and volunteers work safely together after shopping hours at our ReUse Centers to sort, clean, price, and organize materials of all kinds, keeping them in use and out of landfills, and helping community members in need by providing them with affordable and even free furniture, household items, and more.

We are now hosting volunteer events at each of our locations, with limited capacities after our ReUse Centers are closed. Join use from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm every:

  • Sunday at the ReUse Caboose (700 W. Buffalo St)
  • Monday at Triphammer Marketplace (2255 N Triphammer Rd)
  • Thursday at the Ithaca ReUse Center (214 Elmira Rd)

Come have fun, meet great people, and help put materials such as housewares, tools and hardware back into active use! 

Opportunities are available for all skill levels, abilities, and ages (15 and up). Sign up here:

Things to bring to your volunteer shift: 

  • water
  • sturdy close-toed shoes
  • your mask!

Safety for our workers has always been a priority for us, and it is more critical now than ever before. We have implemented the following requirements to ensure that ReUse is as low-risk an environment as possible for volunteers, staff and customers:Face coverings over the nose and mouth and keeping a safe distance of at least 6 feet or more are required at all times while workingMandatory health screening sign-ins for volunteers and staff, affirming no fever or contact with others who may have COVID-19-related symptoms, Maximum capacities at all locations for number of volunteers and staff present at one time Regular hand-washing and physical distancing

Emily Belle
(607) 272-2292 x262

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins' is now accepting applications for our 2021 Energy Navigator volunteer program. We are looking for folks who want to help others in the community take concrete steps toward reducing household greenhouse gas emissions, saving money on utility bills, and improving the health and comfort of their homes. Volunteer Energy Navigators may also choose to assist with development and facilitation of educational programming for K-12 students using the PowerHouse, our tiny home featuring hands-on exhibits on energy efficiency, renewable heating systems, and solar power.

More information and an application link can be found at Applications are due by Friday, March 19th. This year's training will be held virtually via Zoom, for eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6-8pm beginning on April 14th. We'll explore basic building science concepts, learn about incentive programs available for low- and moderate-income households to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes, and more! 

Please note: Although we expect Energy Navigators to maintain involvement with the organization and complete at least 50 hours of outreach, continuing training and/or administrative work after the initial training period, we're more than happy to accommodate student schedules. This program is a great way for folks on campus to connect with renewable energy movements in Tompkins County, and across New York State!

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Jean Owens

The Enfield Food Pantry serves hundreds of vulnerable households each week, and demand is increasing steadily during this crisis. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a specific shift. Volunteer Form to be completed if interested in volunteering.


Loaves and Fishes are committed to safely working together to provide free meals to all Tompkins County residents during the Covid-19 situation. Volunteers have the chance to help with food prep, serving food, and other duties around the center. If interested in volunteering, email them first and they'll direct you with next steps.