Cornell Student United Way

Philanthropic Activities

Cornell Student United Way Volunteers are dedicated to helping the community.  From a range of service activities and fundraising efforts including an annual A Cappella Concert, Mortar Board gala events, the Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring food and personal care items drive, the Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive, Student Fraternity Group engagement, support of the FOCUS Dryden Program, and the annual Duff Ball, Cornell students show what it is to LIVE UNITED.

Cornell students are taking a lead role in the development of the Get Connected Volunteer Center through UWTC by elevating the service component of their work and encouraging volunteerism. In addition to fundraising, and service, students have developed creative marketing practices to promote their efforts. 


Congratulations to Cornell University Student United Way for winning the United Way Worldwide GIVE Promising Practice Award in 2014 for serving as the primary funder of the Stephen E. Garner Summers of Service Internship/Job program.

Congratulations to Cornell University Student United Way for winning the United Way Worldwide LIVE UNITED IN ACTION: INCOME Award in 2012 for their successful implementation of the Stephen E. Garner Summers of Service Internship program.

In 2011, Cornell Student United Way won the first ever United Way Worldwide (UWW) Student United Way Campus Organization of the Year award.

Stephen E. Garner Summers of Service Internships

Primarily funded through Cornell University Student United Way, since its inception in 2008, this program provides paid summer internships ($1,500 each) for local high school students at UWTC member organizations. During the summer of 2013, 6 interns were placed at 6 different organizations: Downtown Ithaca Children's Center, Greater Ithaca Activities Center,  Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources, Southside Community Center, Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service, Y.M.C.A. of Ithaca & Tompkins County

Johnson Board Fellows at Work2011-2012 Johnson Board Fellows Frank Aburto and David Andros

Johnson Board Fellows

The Cornell University Johnson Board Fellowship is a leadership program that pairs MBA students with area non-profit organizations as visiting members of the Board of Directors.

United Way of Tompkins County and the Johnson Board Fellows have worked over the past  five years on projects with Foodnet Meals on Wheels and Southside Community Center.



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