Note on Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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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
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: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/factsheets/coronavirussamplingsite
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.
Volunteer Coordinator Contact Information
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
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.
St. John’s Church
Loaves & Fishes Seeks More Volunteers During Coronavirus Situation
Family Reading Partnership
and materials designed to empower families to playfully engage with their young children as a pathway to literacy in Tompkins County.
w/ a drop-off of books to:
54 Gunderman Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
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
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.
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: SendASmileTompkins@gmail.com