Volunteer Community Service Program

Mmm, good! Sampling the fruits of their labor, these summer service group members enjoy veggies at The Ithaca Children's Garden.

Mmm, good! Sampling the fruits of their labor, these fall service group members enjoy veggies at The Ithaca Children’s Garden.

Are you a middle school student who lives in either the Town of Ithaca, the Village of Lansing, Village of Cayuga Heights, or the Town of Caroline? Are you passionate about any community issues? Do you want to take action to help fix those problems? You can do that while having fun and making new friends!  Funded by the Joint Youth Commissions of the Town of Ithaca, and the Villages of Cayuga heights and Lansing, and the Town of Caroline, the Volunteer Community Service Program serves young people living in those communities.

Meet after school, during the school year, with the group once a week for ten weeks and help out at different local organizations each week. Some of these weekly visits include making dog biscuits at the SPCA or working in the garden at The Ithaca Children’s Garden. In addition, each group will have a chance to investigate community issues and carry out a project to addresses a problem that is important to the group. In the past, groups have had a bake sale to raise money to buy holiday gifts for children, a walk-a-thon to raise money to plant trees, and a spaghetti dinner to raise funds to support teens living with cancer.

A more in-depth summer community service program is also offered that meets 2 times per week for 3 ½ hours/day for a 6 week period.  Participants spend more time at each service site and are able to help out at a broader range of organizations.

Service group members relax after helping to stock the shelves of the Friendship Donations Network (FDN). The FDN redistributes fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away to neighbors in need.

Service group members relax after helping to stock the shelves of the Friendship Donations Network (FDN). The FDN redistributes fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise thrown away to neighbors in need.

If you are interested in participating in this program, call us at 607-275-0122 or email us.

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