College Planning Guide

Getting involved in community service

Students often say that community service changes their lives. And it's no wonder. The benefits of doing community service range from simply feeling good to developing professional skills and contacts to building community and making lifelong friends.

Ithaca students get involved in community service in hundreds of different ways. Want some examples? How about these:

  • Distributing medicine at a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic
  • Facilitating a literary circle at an assisted living facility in Ithaca
  • Tutoring students in local schools or at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem
  • Organizing weekend trips to clean up community centers
  • Joining Community Plunge, a program that brings first-year students to campus three days early to do short-term volunteer projects at Ithaca area nonprofit agencies
  • Caring for animals at the local SPCA
  • Working with an Ecuadoran organization dedicated to providing food and shelter to homeless children
  • Taking part in Alternative Spring Break, which makes it possible for students to volunteer in communities across the country. In past years, students have immersed themselves in sustainable living at Ecovillage, explored social issues and helped the homeless in Washington, D.C., and assisted with hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts in New Orleans, among other projects.

Why not visit our community service page and check out all opportunities waiting for you?