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. 







United Way of Tompkins County

Improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.


Remote Opprotunity

Emma Terwilliger

Volunteers Needed for the T. Merrell Shipherd Fund Review Team

This team will review and evaluate local organizations’ applications to provide financial support to quality programming and services that address new and emerging needs in the community, support efforts to improve organizational efficiency, and encourage collaborations.

The T. Merrell Shipherd Flexible Fund accepts applications from any human services 501(c-3) serving Tompkins County on a rolling basis.

Is this opportunity ongoing?  Yes 
What qualifications are you looking for volunteers to have?
Volunteers do not need to have a background in reviewing grants, in fact we encourage volunteers from all backgrounds to consider this important opportunity to positively impact the community. Our volunteers should have a passion for the non-profits that are serving the community and they should be able to communicate and discuss the current needs of our community in a group setting.


Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga

Supporting all people in need and advocating for social & human dignity.


Catholic Charities, 324 W Buffalo St

Michaela Cortright
607-272-5062 ext 17


SHARE THE WARMTH: Volunteers needed for annual coat giveaway
Cold weather is coming!  Help keep kids and adults warm.  This year, the annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots etc.) will take place at Catholic Charities, located at 324 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca, from November 9-13 and November 16-20 (earlier than in past years).  Friendly volunteers are needed to wait on customers, especially during morning shifts.  Careful covid-19 safety protocols will be enforced.
Where: Catholic Charities, 324 W Buffalo St 
When:  Nov 9-13 and Nov 16-20 
COVID-19 Requirements:
All volunteers must follow new COVID protocols which include wearing mask (and gloves if desired), pass the daily COVID screening questions and temperature checks, use of hand sanitizer, must be comfortable with the public in a social distance setting with clients/volunteers/staff
Visit this GOOGLE FORM to sign up for this opportunity.


New Roots Charter School and the CCE-Tompkins County Farm to School Program

New Roots Charter School prepares a diverse student body to embrace the opportunities of citizenship, work, and life-long learning in the 21st century.


 Locations vary




Volunteer Coordinator Contact   Information

Chloe Boutelle

CCE-Tompkins County Farm to School Coordinator
(518) 275-8030


Drivers Needed to Help Students Learning Remotely
New Roots Charter school's farm to school meal program is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver school meals to their remote learning students in the surrounding region!
When: Monday/Wednesday mornings, estimated time frame: 10 AM-12 PM
Where: Pick up meals at the school kitchen and bring them to the assigned location (s).
Is this opportunity ongoing?  Yes 
What qualifications are you looking for volunteers to have?
  • Valid Driver License and reliable transportation
  • Ability to carry food boxes up to 25lbs.
Visit this GOOGLE FORM to sign up for this opportunity.


Second Wind Cottages

Second Wind Cottages' houses and walks with people towards restored lives. 


1435 Elmira Rd. Newfield NY 14867


Volunteer Coordinator Contact   Information 


Volunteers Needed for Variety of Projects
1. Meal Prep Volunteers-  We need people that are willing to make lunch (or provide lunch) for 10-12 people on Wednesday's from now until the weather changes.  The meal can be made/procured on or off-site, but needs to be either delivered to site or picked up by noon on Wednesday. Preferences can be discussed at time of inquiry.
2. Builder/Handy-Person Volunteers- On Wednesday's we are building and assembling a multi-bay garage.  We are looking for people that are willing to get their hands dirty. No construction experience needed.
3. Housekeeping Volunteers- Groups of people willing to clean cottages that are being flipped for a new resident.  The cottages will be in broom swept condition and require a deep cleaning prior to new residents moving in.  Cleaning supplies, gloves, etc. are provided.  This is on-site but your group does not need to directly interact with anyone if they choose not to.
Is this opportunity ongoing?  Yes 
Additional COVID-19 Information: 
Each volunteer should email and the volunteer coordinator will  have a phone conversation regarding our current status of on-site mask wearing, what is required of our on-site residents in regards to covid-19 precautions, and the needs of the volunteer coming on-site to make sure the agency can accommodate what is needed.


Produce Prescription Program at CCE Tompkins 

Produce Prescription Program provides food security and health education for individuals of limited means with diet-related illnesses 


 Locations vary


Baz Perry 
607-272-2292 x131


Regular Drivers Needed
Using your own vehicle, pick up and deliver boxes of fresh produce to area residents for about 2 hours every week. Pick up location is Press Bay Alley in downtown Ithaca or at a local area farm. 
When: Each Wednesday or Thursday starting August 19 through early Novemeber.
  • 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. 

Volunteers will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines, including wearing a face covering or mask

 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 Epsicopal        Church

210 N. Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY



Volunteer Coordinator Contact   Information

 Brenda Orzino
 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: Shifts are 2.5 hours at different times Monday-Friday

Volunteers Need to:
• Be at least 25 years old.
• Live with no more than two other people.
• Have no one in household or immediate social circle has been ill in the past 14 days.
• Have no one in household has been in close proximity of someone who has been tested for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
• Not have a chronic medical condition that would increase your risk during this time of COVID-19 Travel restrictions also apply
 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: