Volunteer Opportunities

Building community requires participation and energy!  One of the best ways to get involved in building your community is to volunteer.  The MLK Community Build hopes to assist community members from all walks of life find exciting local volunteer opportunities. 

We have assembled this list of volunteer opportunities in the hopes that you will contact the person/organization you're interesting in helping and ask, "How can I volunteer?"

We'll add to this list periodically, so be sure to check back from time to time!  If you or your organization have a need for volunteers and would like to be added to this list, please tell us using the "Contact Us" button to the left.

  • ACTION (Activists Committed To Interrupting Oppression Now): Dealing with Ithaca City School District inequity issues for students of color, low-income students and students with disabilities. Advocates for the hiring & retention of staff of color. (607) 272-3622; (607) 272-2292 ext 135
  • American Red Cross of Tompkins County: Humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. 607-273-1900
  • Ithaca Asian American Association: Promotes, educates, & celebrates Asian & Asian-American heritage & cultures while upholding the rights of all Asian-Americans (17% of Ithaca’s population). (607) 257-3207
  • Ithaca High School (274-2164): The Circle of Recovery, Asian American Club, Sistah’s Time, SPIRIT, and The African Latino Club.
  • Immigrant Rights & Workers’ Center: Standing up with all people treated unfairly at work or faced with critical poverty, racial, housing, health care or other social & economic issues. (607) 269-0409
  • Ithaca Youth Bureau: Provides a wide variety of recreation programs & youth services to promote health, happiness and well-being and is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and providing a respectful, inclusive environment. (607) 273-8364; iyb@cityofithaca.org.
  • Latino/a Civic Association: Empowering Latina/o residents and providing a vehicle for social, cultural, educational & civic expression. (607) 277-8699
  • Multicultural Resource Center: Provides information, diversity workshops, collaborations, resources, & cultural celebrations to increase awareness of the variety of cultural identities in Ithaca. (607) 272-2292 x191
  • O.A.R. (Opportunities, Alternatives, & Resources): Offers bail loans for pre-trial detainees; provides assistance to county jail inmates with their relationships outside the jail. O.A.R. offers ex-inmates resources for the transition out of jail. (607) 272-7885
  • Re-evaluation Counseling (RC): Supports people to free their intelligence from imposed hurts (racism in particular), form deep & diverse relationships, and take & sustain social change leadership.
  • Southside Community Center (SSCC): Empowers & develops self-pride among African-Americans. SSCC is a resource for education, recreation and political & social awareness for all. (607) 273-4190
  • Village at Ithaca: Works for equity in the Ithaca City School District. Focusing on eliminating race, class & disability as predictors of student success. (607) 256-0780
  • Volunteer Tompkins: Whether you are an individual volunteer, a group of volunteers, or an organization, the services you provide are an essential part of making Tompkins County a great place to live.
  • Whole Community Project (WCP): Promoting a healthy, socially just, diverse & inclusive community for all of us. Community-driven initiatives include Congo Square Market Gardens for Humanity and many others.  WCP is a project of CCE Tompkins. Jemila Sequeira, (607) 272-2292; es538@cornell.edu