Ithaca College’s Jumpstart program offers first-year and transfer students a chance to explore the local community, learn about resources on campus, and meet new friends. As part of the program, on August 14 and 15, participants took part in the Community Plunge, where they volunteered at local organizations and built relationships with their fellow students.
This year, Community Plunge volunteers worked at South Hill Elementary School, the Coddington Road Community Center, the Ithaca ReUse Center, and Loaves & Fishes.
At South Hill Elementary School, the students worked in the school’s community garden weeding and building wire frames to keep woodchucks from eating the crops. It was a rewarding experience for all involved.
“I love that we’re helping out an elementary school,” said Sofia Lopez ’26. “My mom taught at mine, and I always used to help her get her classroom ready. This brings back those memories. It’s also a good way to introduce ourselves to the community.”