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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Note on Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to continue to “flatten the curve” in Tompkins County, and keep the community healthy and safe, moving forward United Way asks that volunteers follow the safety protcols and requirements identified by the agency they are serving. 






Way2Go, Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County
Way2Go operates as Tompkins County’s transportation information and learning hub that connects riders with transportation options and facilitates new community solutions. Our vision is for all people and communities to have the transportation they need to thrive.


Driving Required- Locations vary



Peg Engasser
(607) 835-6734

Please Note: This volunteer opportunity has been vetted through the Tompkins County Department of Health.

Drivers Needed to Transport Individuals to Testing Site

There is currently a need to drive people with limited resources to the Cayuga Health Sampling Site, at The Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. The individuals you would be driving do not have access to a vehicle and/or cannot afford a taxi. The Health Department advises against using public transportation to get to the sampling site. 

You will not be asked to drive individuals who are exhibiting symptoms or have been knowingly exposed to someone with Covid-19.  Instead, you would be driving those needing to be tested for reasons such as: they are required as workers entering the work force or as a pre-requisite before surgery. 
While the current case number in Tompkins County is low, there is still risk associated with close interaction with anyone going to get tested who is not in your household. You and the passenger would be provided with a mask and gloves and given information on cleaning protocols for your vehicle from the Tompkins County Health Department. Please let us know if you are willing and able to provide this service for our community.
If you are willing to provide this service, but uncomfortable using your own vehicle, there is an option to use an Ithaca Carshare vehicle for this purpose, with no charge to you.  
Things To Know About This Volunteer Opportunity

1.       This is an on-going opportunity.  Sampling Site Hours when                    volunteer drivers may be needed are:

a.       Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM; CLOSED Fri., July 3

b.       Saturday, Closed (Saturday hours ended 6/20/20)

2.       Persons needing testing must call ahead to make an appointment,            so potential volunteers should expect to provide the days and                  hours they can commit to being available, however they may or              may not be needed on the actual days for which they volunteer.              They will just need to be ready in case they are called.  

3.       The testing site is a “drive-thru”, so their passengers will not be              getting out of the vehicle at the testing site.  

4.       If volunteers want to know more about the testing site before                    they decide to volunteer, they can visit this website:               



Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County - Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive.


 Locations vary


Volunteer Coordinator Contact   Information

 Peg Engasser
 (607) 835-6734


 Regular Drivers Needed

 Using your own vehicle, pick up and deliver boxes of   fresh produce to area residents. Pick up location is to   be determined based on weekday and route. 

 When: Each Wednesday or Thursday throughout the   2020 produce season

  • Starting on Wednesday, June 3.

  • Hours are flexible from approximately 9AM-5PM on Wednesdays & 9AM-11AM on Thursdays

  • About 2 hours expected each week. 5-6 volunteers will be needed each week with a preference for repeat volunteers to get to know routes and residents. Substitutes are also needed. 


 Drivers will be provided with gloves which must be   worn when handling produce boxes. Volunteers will be   expected to follow social distancing guidelines,   including wearing a face covering or mask if social   distance cannot be maintained. Most deliveries will be   left on doorsteps, but a few will need calls so that   residents can come to collect the box outside of locked   apartment buildings.

  Loaves & Fishes of   Tompkins County

 Loaves & Fishes of   Tompkins County is a   Christian ministry   which provides a   place for free meals,   hospitality,   companionship and   advocacy for those in   need, regardless of   their faith, beliefs, or   circumstances.



 St. John’s Church
 210 N. Cayuga St.
 Ithaca, NY




 Phone: 607-272-5457


 Loaves & Fishes Seeks More Volunteers During   Coronavirus   Situation

 Help is needed to prepare free meals to go. Our staff and   volunteers are committed to safely working together to continue   our ministry to provide free meals to all Tompkins County   residents during the Coronavirus situation.

 When: M,W&F mornings & T&Th late afternoons

 Family Reading   Partnership
Family Reading 
delivers programs
and materials  designed to  empower families to  playfully engage  with their young  children as a  pathway to literacy in Tompkins County.
Remote Opprotunity
 w/ a drop-off of   books to:
 54 Gunderman Road
 Ithaca, New York   14850
 Phone: 607-277-8602
 Collecting and Donating Gentley Used Children's Books
 FRP has been working with school teachers and liaisons, food   pantries, Head Start, and medical providers to get books safely   to families during this time. As their office has been closed we   have been unable to accept book donations and we're running   low on our supply. 
 When are drop-offs? 
 Wednesday from 11am-2pm. This will be a no-contact drop-off.   Specific instructions for how to donate can be found on their   website. 
 Dryden Kitchen   Cupboard


 6 North St. Dryden,   NY, 13053

 Ione Worth
 Phone; 607-319-4330
 Help Support Dryden's Food Pantry 
 1.) Volunteers in the pantry distribute food to clients. Pantry   hours are: Mon. 11 to 12, Wed. 5 to 6, Fri. 11 to 12, Last Sat. of   month 11 to 12.
 2.) Volunteers outside the pantry instruct the clients throughout   the pickup process, while helping the clients maintain social   distancing from each other and from the volunteers.
 Under the age of 60. The majority of our volunteers fall into the   "at risk" group, retirees 65 plus. When the pandemic has   subsided and life returns to "normal" our older volunteers would   return to serving at the pantry.
 Mutual Aid   Tompkins:   Immediate  Needs 

 We are neighbors  concerned about our communities and  helping to make sure those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 get the support they need.



 Remote Opportunity



 Send a Smile

 Help raise the spirits of some of those who are isolated and   lonely. Send a photo of artwork, a letter/story/poem or a video   that can be shared to residents living alone who have requested   some spirit-lifting.

 Send submissions to: