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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.

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!

Works with Minors
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.

Christa Nunez

Web support for food systems and literacy initiatives

  • Website updating, web form creation
  • Necessary skills: website maintenance and creation
On-going, One Time
Janelle Alvstad-Mattsoni

Friends of Stewart Park and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail have many opportunities for Socially Distanced gardening, landscaping, and clean up. Need varies depending on the year. We are very flexible and able to find projects big and small that fit a volunteer's interest and abilities. Examples of tasks include weed pulling, hedge trimming, trail sweeping, planting, and garbage pick up.

  • Need varies depending on the year.
  • Flexible and able to find projects big and small that can be done when convenient for the volunteer person or group.
  • No specific skills required.
Lori Tenenbaum

Items Needed:

  • Vacuum in good working order
  • Screws of all sizes
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Batteries, all types
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Nuts, Bolts, Nails
  • Plastic bottle caps from soda¬† or seltzer
  • Tape (electrical, duct, masking)
Tompkins County Office for the Aging

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging maintains a list of individuals who would be willing to do fall yard work and snow shoveling for older adults. If you are interested in assisting on either a paid or volunteer basis, please contact us.


Volunteer help is needed to prepare free meals to-go. Our staff and volunteers work safely together to provide free meals to all Tompkins County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings
Tuesday & Thursday late afternoons


The Cornell Club of Ithaca is organizing a Cornell Cares Month in January 2021 for local alumni who want to help address food insecurity in the greater Ithaca community. We need local alumni volunteers to sign up to adopt-a-cabinet from one of these 10 food pantry cabinets established through Mutual Aid Tompkins:

  • Ithaca Free Clinic
  • 806 W. Buffalo Street
  • Multicultural Resource Center
  • 307 W. State Street
  • Recycle Ithaca Bikes
  • 200 W. Hill Circle
  • 306 Elm Street
  • 101 Conifer Circle
  • South Hill Elementary School
  • 48 Penguin Drive, Cortland

Learn More/Register Online at:


Help us raise the spirits of staff and residents in lockdown! COVID has created a secondary epidemic of loneliness in its wake. Staff is stretched thin. Residents are without visitors. Simple, creative expressions of care can really brighten someone's day. To help, TimeSlips has assembled a list of care homes that have specifically requested mail.