Community Service Initiatives

General Volunteering Opportunities

Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Would you like to explore different options for volunteering?

Getting Started

  • Visit the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs in 325 Egbert Hall and talk to a Student Leadership Consultant or Assistant Director of Community Service, Don Austin. We will help you consider volunteer programs that match your skills and interests.
  • Join the Ithaca College Volunteers listserv to follow the most up-to-date community engagement opportunities in the area by Joining Here
  • United Way offers the premiere opportunity for Volunteers to GET CONNECTED in Tompkins County
  • Join a Student Organization! Visit the Student Organization Directory on IC Link and select "Community Service" from the "Browse by Category" bar to view the list of organizations that self-identify as service groups.


Fall Break Service Trips - October 17 to 20, 2013

Sky Meadow State Park (Delaplane, VA)

We will be heading to Sky Meadow State Park  to work with Virginia Parks and Recreation on some trail building and maintance! This is an excellent opportunity to spend your fall break exploring a new area, building new experience, meeting new people, or completing a community service requirement.

The Rescue Mission (Syracuse, NY)

The Rescue Mission, located in the Mission District of Syracuse, is just outside of the downtown area. The RM campus has an emergency shelter, day center and serves three meals a day at their food services center. On any given night, they have over 250 men sleeping under our roof.  Each day, they serve over 725 meals to men, women and children who are hungry.  In 2012, they gave away over 70,000 pieces of clothing to those in need. This is truly an amazing resource in the Syracuse area, and Ithaca College students will have an opportunity to volunteer with RM during Fall Break!


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

A short list of organizations seeking regular volunteers in the Tompkins County area.

2-1-1 Tompkins - An information and referral service that connects individuals to community resources such as employment, healthcare, heat assistance, and other community services.

Ithaca Children's Garden - ICG holds "Volunteer Mondays" as well as a variety of events for anyone interested in helping out. No experience necessary.  ICG provides the tools and leads each project.  Bring a waterbottle and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Cayuga Nature Center - help with painting, cleaning, trail blazing and office work.

Community Building Works! - Help build a house in Tompkins County! CBW will teach you everything you need to know and give you the tools to get started.

Ithaca Free Health Clinic - The Ithaca Free Health Clinic is an excellent place for students who want to volunteer with an organization that addresses issues in the medical field. Students interested in volunteering are strongly encouraged to volunteer regularly throughout the semester.

Loaves and Fishes - Loaves and fishes provides nutritious food, as well as hospitality to community residents who have determined themselves food insecure. Loaves and fishes provides food for everyone who desires to eat together in a community setting, bar none. You can help them prepare food and provide a warm setting for their weekly meals by going to their website to learn more.

Books Thru Bars - Books Thru Bars is a prisoner activist program for people who believe that education is as important for those behind bars as it is for those in mainstream "civil" society. Many inmates are incarcerated in places that do not have sufficient library systems; yet reading is one of the few tools that prisoners have to keep their minds moving forward. Books Thru Bars raises money and accepts donated books to send to prisoners across the United States. Volunteers help raise funds, serve on the Board of Directors, and help prepare and package the ever growing number of requests for reading materials. Interested students should email

Wood's Earth - The Wood's Earth Living Classroom is an educational program that helps local folks learn more about sustainable gardening and farming.

Tompkins County Public Library - For many people, libraries serve as the symbolic center for community resources, and are among the most socially just resources in a community. The Tompkins County Public Library serves as one such example. Patrons of the library have access to books, music, movies, magazines, computers, academic lectures, community reads, children's programs, and more. Support your local community library!


Domestic and International Opportunities

Cross Cultural Solutions

Catholic Volunteer Network

Pro World

Institute for International Cooperation and Development

Jesuit Volunteer Corps