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Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Volunteer and community service opportunities are available in our Youth Program (Pre-K through 12th grade), out Teen Program (6th through young adults), our Adult Program (seniors, 60 years and older), our Recreation Program (boxing, pool, basketball leagues), our computer lab, or other general opportunities.

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Village at Ithaca Achievement Coach

Village at Ithaca Achievement Coach

Become an Achievement Coach (aka. tutor) who engages students in their academic development by: encouraging them to see themselves as capable learners, assisting them with their homework, working with students to increase their understanding of key concepts in their courses, encouraging them to always give their best effort, connecting with students to build trust and comfort, helping them identify their strengths and develop strategies for using them more productively, and increasing positive peer support for academic success.

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Cornell Cross-Cultural Adoptee Mentorship Program

Cornell Cross-Cultural Adoptee Mentorship Program

C-CAMP serves the unique needs of Ithaca's large transcultural adoptive community by fostering interest and understanding of the adopted youths' racial identity and cultural heritage. C-CAMP achieves this by pairing transculturally adopted youth with Cornell student mentors of a similar cultural background, conducting one-on-one meetings between the mentor and mentee, and by holding cultural-interest events throughout the semester.

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Big Brother Big Sister

Big Brother Big Sister

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

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Tompkins County Showing Up For Racial Justice

Tompkins County Showing Up For Racial Justice

Tompkins County Showing Up For Racial Justice is in alignment with the values of National SURJ, and provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political understanding from which to act for change. We use a variety of strategies and tactics in pursuit of the mission, including education, direct action, support for people of color-led organizations, and support for local and national campaigns.

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Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Building Bridges for socially just, ecologically sound local economy exists to support the growth and connectedness of a network of people and organizations working to eliminate structural racism and poverty in our country. This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Sustainable Tompkins, CCE Environment Program, CCE Green Jobs Program, Ithaca College Committed to Change Initiative, Groundswell, Natural Leaders Initiative, the Multicultural Resource Center, and many others to build, support and maintain a local movement in the Tompkins Country region.

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Alternatives Federal Credit Union

Alternatives Federal Credit Union

Alternatives Federal Credit Union is dedicated to economic justice. Alternatives Federal Credit Union is a Community Development Financial Institution, dedicated to building wealth and creating economic opportunity for underserved people and communities. The Credit Union is only one of five corporations that make up the Alternatives Group. The Credit Union offers economic opportunity to local Tompkins County businesses and aspiring business owners.

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Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is a registered not for profit tasked with  the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of downtown Ithaca. They offer internships and services in the local area in addition. The alliance creates many work plans, all of which include -- business retention and development, government relations and the environment, marketing and member services, and community special events.

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Ithacash

Ithacash

Ithacash is a registered B-Corp and is a social entrepreneurship endeavor to improve Ithaca’s local economy by introducing a new local currency and credit. Ithaca previously had it’s own currency called “Ithaca Hours” and proved to the world that a local currency could thrive. Ithacash offers positions, internships, and opportunities for involvement to Ithaca College & Cornell University Students.

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Chain Works District

Chain Works District

The Chain Works District is a new proposed district in Ithaca to be a living, working, and play space. This district is proposed in the old Emerson plant across from Ithaca College on Route 96B. The local government and concerned citizens have been hotly contesting the economic and human impacts of this project for years, and there has been an office set up in the Commons to manage the comprehensive proposal and it’s fruition.

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Cayuga Dog Rescue

Cayuga Dog Rescue

To save a dog’s life. To give a sweet, innocent dog a real chance at finding a loving, caring lifelong adoptive home. People abandon, abuse, or give up their dogs for a variety of reasons. Many of these dogs find temporary safe shelter at regional SPCAs or Humane Societies and then find new homes. But others fall through the cracks and remain on the streets, deteriorate in a stressful shelter situation and are unlikely to be adopted, or are the unfortunate casualties of some counties’ overstrained shelter systems and are scheduled for euthanasia simply due to overcrowding. In many cases, CDR is their last safety net–their last chance.

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Tompkins SPCA

Tompkins SPCA

Volunteers are asked to support and promote the mission of the SPCA and abide by the shelter’s written volunteer policies which will be provided at an orientation. All assignments are arranged with the individual and the Volunteer Program Manager to ensure the best placement for both the volunteer and the organization.

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Wildlife Wishing Well

Wildlife Wishing Well

Working with wildlife is as rewarding as it is frustrating and heart-breaking. Imagine the joy of bottle feeding a baby raccoon or experiencing a successful release to the wild. Imagine the frustration of having a litter pan spilled within minutes of cleaning a cage or having a baby animal soil or wet your shirt. Imagine the heart-break of euthanization or an outbreak of distemper. If you are critter compassionate, not afraid to work, eager to learn and can be available when the animals need you most, then wildlife rehabilitation may be for you and is an activity that relatively few people get to experience.

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