Looking for volunteer opportunities while we are on remote instruction?

Here are some ideas from the local community looking for virtual helpers.

Have a Virtual Volunteer Opportunity to Share?

Please use our form to let us know how students and members of the Ithaca College community can get involved.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity Submission Form

Online Volunteer Opportunities

Do-It Online Database

WHAT: Interested in finding many ways to help others?
WHERE: Do-It is a volunteering database where you can find local and online volunteer opportunities! 
WHO: Volunteers interested in helping communities in many ways such as food shopping or technology support during this time. 
WHY: This is a chance to impact others right from home.
Find out more information HERE.


WHAT: Do you enjoy reading?
WHERE: Read and record chapters of books for LibriVox, HERE.
WHO: Anyone with a computer who is interested in reading books and recording in any language.
WHY: Here is your opportunity to have a free book recorded in your voice!

Family Reading Partnership (FRP)

WHAT: Would you like to assist the Family Reading Partnership with book processing, book making, or creating a story walk?

WHERE: Click the Family  Reading Partnership link to send an email if you are interested in labeling, cleaning, assembling handmade blank books for children in Tompkins County, or assisting with the creation of a new Story Walk in Newfield this fall. 

WHO: Anyone who has time to lend a hand and has the heart to provide friendly socially distant services! 

WHY: FRP is in need of volunteers to help them deliver programs and materials designed to empower families to playful engagement with their children as a pathway to literacy for all. 

Write Letters to Seniors

WHAT: Would you like to write a letter or send a video to the elderly?
WHERE: Here is an opportunity to send a warm message to seniors and caregivers in nursing homes.
WHO: Volunteers who want to share their letter or video on social media or send it directly to who it is intended for.
WHY: Deliver a warm message to someone who needs it!


WHAT: Interested in tutoring K-12 students online?

WHERE: Learn more about how you can help K-12 students right from home HERE!

WHO: Volunteers interested in helping parents and providing mentorship to students learning from home. 
WHY: Not only will you be helping students but also parents!


WHAT: Want to help bring sight to blind and low-vision people?
WHERE: Find out more information about volunteering with Be My Eyes HERE.

WHO: Sighted volunteers who want to help blind and low-vision people with visual assistance through live video calls.
WHY: Just by downloading the app, you can help!


WHAT: Do you want to become a digital volunteer?
WHERE: Here is an opportunity to transcribe historical documents for Smithsonian.

WHO: Volunteers interested in transcribing and editing data.
WHY: This is your chance to contribute to historical data that will be used by Smithsonian!

Find out more information and get tips about transcribing HERE.


WHAT: Interested in becoming a crisis text counselor?

WHERE: Learn more about how you can help the 24/7 Crisis Text Line HERE.

WHO: Volunteers willing to spare time at any hour of the day. 
WHY: Volunteer from home to help people through this time of social distancing!


WHAT: Help provide books to people with reading disabilities!
WHERE: Find out more information about helping Bookshare HERE.

WHO: Volunteers who can scan books to be added to the collection or edit scanned books. 
WHY: Provide books for people with reading disabilities to read during this time.


WHAT: Want to help non-profits translate texts right from home?
WHERE: Learn more about volunteering with Translators Without Borders HERE.

WHO: Volunteers fluent in at least one language other than your native language.
WHY: Help organizations translate medical texts and crisis response.

Local Volunteer Opportunities


WHAT: Help deliver food to elderly in New York!

WHERE: Find more information on how to get involved with Citymeals on Wheels HERE.
WHO: Volunteers in New York interested in donating meals and helping at senior centers.
WHY: Give back to elderly who may be in need of a warm meal during this time of crisis.


WHAT: Help your local food bank!

WHERE: Find out more information at Feeding America HERE.
WHO: Students interested in donating food, helping with food distribution or just helping the organization!
WHY: Lend a hand to help provide food during this time of crisis.


WHAT: Interested in learning how to make face masks?

WHERE: Here are directions on how to make face masks with filter pockets.
WHO: Students interested in making face masks to donate.
WHY: Gain an opportunity to provide needed materials to your nearest healthcare workers HERE.

Still in Ithaca? Check these out!


WHAT: Help a local Ithaca food pantry!

WHERE: 150 N. Albany Street, Ithaca, NY

WHO: Students in Ithaca interested in donating food or helping with food distribution.
WHY: Lend a hand to help provide food and get food.
Find out more information HERE or call at: (607) 273-2400.


WHAT: Here's more information on making face masks here in Ithaca!

WHERE: Learn to make masks with Cayuga Medical Center
Bartels Hall at Cornell University
554 Campus Rd, Ithaca, NY
Everyday from 8 AM - 3 PM, you can also donate to CMC at this same time and location.
WHO: Students in the Ithaca area with sewing experience.
WHY: Gain an opportunity to provide needed materials to Ithaca's healthcare workers. 
For more information on making and donating masks with Cayuga Medical Center, contact Carol O'Driscoll at: codriscoll@cayugamed.org
Here is CMC's directions on how to make face masks from home.

We update this list as much as possible!

Check out this more frequently updated list of opportunities here

Contact us!

Contact Information:
E-mail: ose@ithaca.edu
Phone: 607-274-3222
Fax: 607-274-3030

Staff Members:

Courtney Owens 
Assistant Director of Leadership Programs

Brittany Watros
OSE Administrative Assistant