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:

October 4 - Fall in Love with Service!

- Brooktondale Community Center

- Downtown Ithaca Apple Festival

- IC Books Thru Bars

- Other Site TBA

- Sign Up HERE starting Wednesday, September 24!


November 8

December 6

January 24

February 14

April 18


September 13 - Service Saturday Kickoff

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