Disaster Relief Fund


"It is in times of need that we discover the full impact of a community United. From Hurricane Katrina to the flooding in Tamil Nadu, India, United Ways have a history of coordinating community responses to help those affected by natural disasters. Whether by raising funds to aid in relief efforts, engaging first-responders or mobilizing partners to help with on-the-ground long-term recovery, United Ways offer hope and help when it is most needed." -United Way Worldwide Press Release

United Way ot Tompkins County is collaborating with the United Ways in the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as the earthquake in Mexico, to help those that have been impacted by these natural disasters.  If you would like to be a part of these efforts, please join us in one of the following ways:


This is the MOST requested resource.  Please click the "GIVE NOW" button above to give directly to those being impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  100% of the funds collected will be directed to those individuals impacted by these natural disasters through the United Ways in the areas affected. 

You may also call to make a gift or drop off checks or cash donations to: 

United Way of Tompkins County

313 N. Aurora Street

Ithaca, NY  14850

(607) 272-6286

Please make sure you indicate that your gift is for the Disaster Relief Fund, and if you would like it to go toward a specific relief effort (Harvey, Irma/Maria or Mexico).

We are also working with local businesses to put out change jars by their registers for those that would like to donate.  If you are a part of an organization that would like to participate, please call or e-mail Steph Woodward at swoodward@uwtc.org and we will get a change collection jar out to your organization.



The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers for positions such as warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution and administrative support.  Those interested can register at redcross.org/volunteer.  

Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities in the Houston area.  To learn more, visit www.volunteerhouston.org.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is looking for volunteers for Hurricane Harvey (nvoad.org/current-disasters/hurricane-harvey-information) relief efforts, as well as Hurricane Irma (nvoad.org/current-disasters/hurricane-irma-information).  



As noted above, the most requested need is for monetary donations, due to the fact that food banks are able to purchase supplies in bulk at a heavily discounted rate.  However, if you are looking to donate something tangible, the most common requests at this time are for:

  • Hand-held snack items (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, protein bars, etc.

  • Pop-top ready-to-eat items (applesauce or fruit cups)

  • Shelf-stable pantry items (peanut butter, jelly, tuna, chili, beef stew and soup)

  • Bottled water

  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, non-bleach, paper towels, etc.)

  • Diapers


NOTE:  Please DO NOT send any clothing.  Clothing is no longer being accepted at the drop-off locations.  

If you are interested in holding a supply drive at your organization, please call or e-mail Steph Woodward at swoodward@uwtc.org.  



On Friday & Saturday, September 8th-9th, 2017 we worked with local trucking companies to collect supplies for transport down to Houston.  We were able to send two tractor-trailers down to the area loaded with supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  You can see photos from this effort on our flickr account.


We would like to thank the following community partners for their help in making this supply drive such a success:

Baden-Powell Boy Scouts, Cornell University, Dryden Central School District, Dryden Fire Station, Express Trailer Sales, Groton Central School District, Ithaca City School District, KT Construction, Lansing Central School District, Newfield School District, Owego American Legion, Page Transportation, Trumansburg School District, and Tryon’s Transfer.



On Friday & Saturday, October 6-7th, 2017, supplies will be collected at the following drop-off locations for transport to the Southeast for the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  

Friday, October 6, 2017: Newfield Town Hall - 9 AM - 5 PM

Friday, October 6, 2017: Tops Market on Triphammer Road - 9AM - NOON

Friday, October 6, 2017: Tops Market on Elmira Road - 12:45PM - 6PM

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Newfield Town Hall - 9 AM - 2PM

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Hickory Vue Farms at 198 Millard Hill Rd in Newfield - 9AM - 2PM


The following supplies will be collected at these dropoff sites:

  • Water

  • Baby formula

  • Baby food

  • Diapers

  • Non-perishable ready to eat food

  • Cereal bars, granola bars

  • Rice

  • Flashlights 

  • Batteries

  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene items, bug spray, etc.

  • First Aid Items

  • Fairly new clean blankets

  • Like new clean clothing

  • Pet food

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Paper products: plates, cups, silverware, paper towels, toilet paper


If you would like to volunteer to help load supplies at these dropoff sites, please sign up on GetConnected.  


We would like to thank the following partners for their help with this effort:  Faith Fellowship Church, Hickory Vue Farms, Kasper Electrics, Page Transportation, Tops Markets, Town of Newfield, and Tryon Transfer.



Please check back soon for updates regarding supply requests for those impacted by the earthquake in Mexico.  



List of resources and organizations

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For more information, please contact Steph Woodward at (607) 272 – 6286 ext. 224.