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 in 325 Egbert Hall and talk to a Student Leadership Consultant or Assistant Director of Leadership Programs, Courtney Owens. We will help you consider volunteer programs that match your interests.
  • Subscribe to the OSE volunteer listserv to follow up-to-date community engagement opportunities in the area by joining here.
  • Check out the United Way's get connected website for Tompkins County.
  • Join a student organization! There are dozens of active student organizations that focus on service and activism - check them out on IC Engage, and you could find a group of friends to volunteer with!

Ongoing LOCAL 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.

Alternatives Library - The Durland Alternatives Library is dedicated to providing free and open access to materials expressing viewpoints and information not readily available through mainstream publications and mass-media sources. We are committed to providing information and educational materials to under-served and incarcerated people. The need volunteers for a variety of different projects! This is a great choice for students who are committed to social, political, and/or environmental justice.

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

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!

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.

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!

4-H Urban Outreach at West Village Apartment Complex: The mission of the 4-H Urban Outreach Program is to take the 4-H Youth Development model and make it accessible to all audiences in our community. By providing daily after school and summer programming, the program empowers youth and adults by creating opportunities that build academic and life skills through experiential learning. The aim is to ensure that youth achieve a sense of independence, belonging, mastery and generosity, to develop into positive, caring, and productive citizens.

Domestic and International Opportunities

Cross Cultural Solutions

Catholic Volunteer Network

Pro World

Institute for International Cooperation and Development

Jesuit Volunteer Corps


Volunteer for Peace

Do you need to meet a community service requirement? Are you looking to get connected with a cause close to your heart? Join the Volunteer Listserv.