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Volunteer Community Service Program

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 or high school student who lives in Tompkins County? 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 Commission.

Summer Program:

Youth provide community service at local organizations and non-profits each week. At the end of the program, youth plan a project to address an area of need in our community as a culmination of their volunteerism. The Learning Web provides a certificate of completion for each youth at the end of the program and volunteer hours can be used toward community service credits for graduation.

Summer 2022:

The program will take place in two sessions: Session One from July 5 - July 21 and Session Two from July 25 - August 11. Programming runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00am - 12:30pm.

Participation is FREE to youth who are residents of Tompkins County.

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.

During the school year:

Meet after school with the group 1-3 times a week for volunteer community service. 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, a supply drive for other local non-profits, and a spaghetti dinner to raise funds to support teens living with cancer.