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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.

Grace Marshall
(607) 229-1760

Put your science communication skills to work to get our region of NY fully vaccinated! Join Vaccination Conversations with Scientists (VaCS) to help your community understand the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines.

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer email

Sign-up to volunteer by June 17th.

Dara Riegel
607-844-8211, ext. 4337

The Expanding Talent Pipelines Through Inclusive Hiring and Retention Practices

 conference is seeking volunteers for the morning of June 10 at TC3. If you have time and the inclination to volunteer, please fill out this form by Friday, June 3

Below is a brief description of each volunteer opportunity. If you can only volunteer for part of one shift, please note your availability in the comments are of the form.

  • Greeters: Greet attendees and speakers as they enter the building and direct them to the conference rooms, show them where accessible elevators are if needed, etc. If they arrive after the conference starts, review the program with them and direct them to registration. Connect speakers with the speaker coordinators.
  • Room hosts: Answer questions about the facility (location of restrooms, etc.), assist presenters with setting up their presentations as needed and coordinate with tech support if necessary, ensure smooth transitions between speakers by watching time and letting presenters know to wrap up Q&As, introduce next speaker, etc.
  • Speaker coordinators: Be point of contact for presenters to ensure they get to the correct rooms (many are only coming for their individual sessions) and connect them with the room hosts.
  • Registration hosts: Register attendees as they arrive and direct them to the appropriate rooms. Answer questions about program schedule as needed.
  • Floaters: Go where needed to support different areas, especially during transitions between sessions. Help people find their way to rooms, etc.
One Time
Ricardo Escobedo

OAR’s Drop-In Center has been more popular then ever meaning our clothing and household donations have been going fast and we need your help to restock our Drop In Center! Clients are very appreciative of the donations given by the community so let’s try our best to give what we can! 

Items that are needed and requested are:

  • Mens clothing (Please no children's clothes) 
  • Mens Underwear (new)
  • Mens shoes 
  • Socks 
  • Women's clothes 
  • Pillows (brand new only)
  • Deodorant
  • Water-bottles 
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Shampoo & Conditioner 
  • toothbrushes

Any donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday from 9-2pm at our office, 910 West State St, Ithaca, New York, 14850.

Call us with any questions or concerns at 607-272-7885. Thank you much!

Robin Elliott
(607) 257-9699 x9928

Looking for a unique way to contribute to the community this spring? Finger Lakes ReUse needs your help! Join us for a unique opportunity to keep beautiful salvaged materials in local use. 

Following the successful deconstruction and salvage effort in Collegetown in December and January, ReUse is now looking for the people power to help us process beautiful wood flooring, trim and more in our new-to-us warehouse space in Ithaca NY.

Denailing is a great team-building activity! We can accommodate groups of up to 12 per shift - so please tell your friends, classmates, and co-workers (this makes for a great work team-building event). There is also sorting and wrapping of the flooring once processed, equally as important to this project. Get a bit of a workout, check out the warehouse, a nice view of the water, and meet great people.

Weekday and weekend shifts are available and new shifts are added to our site regularly.


On-going, One Time
Molly Bargar
607-273-8364 ext. 2156

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca & Tompkins County is actively looking for volunteers to be matched with the large number of children on our waitlist. Our current waitlist has 2x more boys than girls, so we especially need male Bigs! Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

Our organization serves youth from age six through young adulthood in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Bigs and Littles hang out about once a week for a couple hours doing normal, everyday activities, like playing games, doing arts & crafts, doing homework, going out to eat, or just hanging out and chatting!

Each match is supported by a dedicated Match Support Specialist who is always there to provide resources and support specific to the match. With a Big in their life, Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are empowered to ignite their potential as they grow in their self-esteem, discover new opportunities, and develop a lifelong friendship with their Big.


Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

You can have a long lasting, positive impact on a child and our community. Oh, and it’s fun too!


Ready to apply? Still not sure? Either way, check out our website and our frequently asked questions. Reach out to Molly Bargar, Clients Relations Specialist, with additional inquiries about volunteering at or 607-273-8364 ext. 2156

Works with Minors



On June 24th and 25th, Ithaca will get the distinct honor of hosting the New York State 2022 Special Olympic Games. Approximately 1,150 athletes and coaches from throughout New York will compete in 8 sports: basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.


The games will need to fill approximately 800 volunteer jobs to support activities over the two days. There are many different jobs for those willing to participate, including individual opportunities as well as things to do as a family or team. Volunteers must be vaccinated and registered in advance. No sports experience is necessary.

To volunteer, Register Here and select “2022 State Summer Games.”

Volunteer jobs include set up, parking assistance, meal distribution, coordinating awards, athlete escorts, photography, timers, scorekeepers and other specific venue needs 

To support the Games either by volunteering or making a donation, visit:

One Time
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Hannah VanOstrand

The AIDS Ride for Life is in its 24th year, we're an almost completely outdoor event that hosts a huge group of dedicated volunteers every year to assist cyclists as they pedal 14 to 102 miles around Cayuga Lake. Volunteers are located throughout the 102 miles; choose from one of our seven wonderful pitstops or starting/finish lines, protect riders in our fantastic SAG support as they pedal, help serve lunch in Seneca Falls, or check riders in at Stewart Park in the morning, we have so many options to participate that you will find something that appeals to you! Volunteer teams are also welcome, come volunteer with friends, family, sports groups, church groups, or other social circles! It's a great excuse to spend a few hours together supporting a great cause! The Ride will be held on Saturday, September 10th!

Want to know more about the AIDS Ride for Life? Check out our event page here:  

Ready to sign up? Check out our new and improved volunteer form! 


Questions? Contact anyone on our Ride Team! 

Mary Kaminsky, Development Director - 

Kayla Thomas, Special Events Coordinator - 

Hannah VanOstrand, Program Assistant -

One Time
Dominique Cataldi

Voted many times as the "Best Place to Volunteer in Ithaca," Loaves & Fishes is a community kitchen that serves free meals to all in need.

Volunteers are needed to assist with meal preparation, service & clean-up. There are many shifts available immediately and throughout the summer:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  9:00 - 11:30 & 11:30 - 2:00 PM

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Since the onsite of the pandemic, L&F has served more that 84,000 meals to go.  At last, we are returning to in-person dining on May 2 and need many volunteers!

Volunteers may take shifts for as long as they are available, preferably at least once per week. No special skills required except a strong desire to assist those in need and willingness to work on a variety of tasks.

For more information and to express interest, email info@loaves.orgor visit Loaves and Fishes' website

Michaela Azemi

Are you pre-law or interested in learning more about housing law?

The Ithaca Tenants Legal Hotline is looking for volunteers for the rest of the Spring semester! The hotline provides free, brief legal advice for Ithaca tenants having issues with their landlords. Cornell law students work in collaboration with pro bono attorneys on the case side and as volunteers, we work on the intake - answering calls and emails from tenants. It’s fully remote and hours are completely flexible.

NOTE: Professor Michaela Azemi and a group of Cornell law students, are offering an incentive for those who volunteer one day every week until the end of the semester. She will be offering these lunch sessions during the first two weeks of May to talk with you about law school, your application process, and even go over your resume! Meet with her and current law students, in the law school or via Zoom for a one-on-one meeting as a thank you for spending an hour per week of your time helping tenants in the local Ithaca community!

Nicole Roulstin

Volunteering for FISH is a very rewarding experience. FISH is 100% dependent upon the good hearts of our volunteers. ♥

We are always in need of drivers – without them we would not exist.
Potential drivers should enjoy helping and meeting others, have their own car and insurance, and be prepared to pay for gas. There is partial compensation for gas mileage. Drivers must be strong enough to lift walkers into the car if the client requires. Any adult wishing to volunteer for FISH should call 211 or 1-877-211-8667 or visit our website ( to fill out our online form. 

All new drivers will receive a personal orientation to the program.