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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.

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. 

On-going
E-mail:
info@enginprogram.org
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: https://forms.gle/QSXn8jN8uUPoMrK26. 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 www.enginprogram.org. If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us at info@enginprogram.org.

On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
youthfarmproject@gmail.com
Katie Church
607-342-7632

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! 

On-going
Works with Minors
E-mail:
info@loaves.org
607-272-5457

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.

On-going
E-mail:
christanunez@gmail.com
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