Community Service Initiatives

Service Saturdays

Explore Your Passion.

Share Your Energy.

Be the Change.


Every year the Service Saturdays Program offers Ithaca College students a unique opportunity to serve Ithaca and Tompkins County with passion and energy.  Through partnerships with more than twenty different service-based organizations, IC students consistently offer more than 1,700 total hours of service annually on a variety of projects, from working in organic gardens to assisting with prisoner education programs. By developing new, "place-based" knowledge through service experience, Ithaca College students can more thoroughly scrutinize their academic foundation, and grow as community-minded scholars.  At the end of each academic year, one volunteer is honored as the Service Saturday Volunteer of the Year. The recipient of the award must participate in at least 50% of the events while displaying team-based leadership skills and enthusiasm for community service.

For each service date, we:

1. Provide all necessary transportation

2. Provide on-site supervision

3. Do giveaways and raffles

4. Do volunteer placement


Learning Outcomes

By participating in Service Saturdays, volunteers will identify and articulate at least one challenge or need existing in Tompkins County. In addition, through their participation in the program, volunteers will articulate the goals of at least one community organization in Tompkins County.


2014 - 2015 Dates:


September 13 - Service Saturday Kickoff

  • Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event
  • AIDS Ride for Life
  • Salvation Army

SIGN UP HERE beginning on Wednesday, September 3, 2014


October 4

November 8

December 6

January 24

February 14

April 18



2013 - 2014 Dates

September 7 

Volunteer Sites:


October 5  (Make a Difference Day)


November 2 (Volunteer Appreciation Day. FREE BREAKFAST FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS!)

Here are the following sites:

  • Beechtree Care Center
  • Groton Civic Association Fall Cleanup


December 7 (Last Service Saturday of the fall semester!)

  • Books Thur Bars
  • Salvation Army
  • Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair
  • Beechtree Care Center


January 25 (MLK Day of Service)

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February 15

The Great Ithaca Downtown Chili Festival

Tompkins County Public Library

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts


April 19 (Last Service Saturday of the Year! Spring Volunteer Appreciation Day!)

  • The Tough Turtle Obstacle Course at Ithaca Children's Garden
  • The Sciencenter
  • YMCA of Ithaca