Needs from: United Way of Tompkins County

Volunteer: General Labor and Maintenance

Mowing and trimming at the cemetery, some planting of shrubs and ground cover, raking brush, filling in low spots with topsoil. Assist with straightening flat stone markers.
All materials and equipment is provided, we also have bottles drinking water.

Agency: Lake View Cemetery
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Volunteer Ice Cream Social

On Wednesday, April 26th from 1:30-3PM, we’re having a Volunteer Ice Cream Social. We’re sending postcards and flyers out and hope for a good turn-out!

Agency: Lifelong
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 04/26/2017
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: I Love My Park Day Volunteers

“I Love My Park Day” on Saturday May 6th at Taughannock Park from 9AM-4PM will be an exciting one. With several projects in the morning followed by live music in the afternoon, featuring Casey Max & the DixieKats and food from the Silo Food Truck. The United Way of Tompkins County is teaming up with Taughannock Falls State Park to make this years “ILMPD” event one of the biggest in the state.

We are planning several projects at the main park and also on the newly opened “Black Diamond Trail” that runs between Taughannock Falls and the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

In the main part of the park we will be; removing invasive species, planting and mulching, pruning, raking and seeding, sanding tables & chairs and refinishing, helping set up or swimming beach, staining signs and assembling/fixing picnic tables, along with general clean-up throughout the park.

On the Black Diamond Trail we hope to stain and finish fencing and install a trail marker sign along the length of the trail.
We will have rakes, shovels, and pruning shears available, if you are able to bring similar tools from home or palm sanders, dust mask for sanding, posthole diggers, and pruners, please do…we don’t want to run short.

Please let us know if any of the jobs appeals to you more than others, we will work to keep groups together and make this a fun, productive day. Be sure to wear long pants and work boots, bring work gloves if you have them, bring a water bottle….we will try and have water and snacks available. Please leave our four legged friends home for this event.
To Volunteer for the event please register here!

Agency: United Way of Tompkins County
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 05/07/2017
Zip Code: 14886
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Project Care - Friendly Visitors

Friendly Visitors are needed at local residential facilities for seniors. Help seniors use computers, read to seniors who are visually impaired, write letters and stories, take walks together, provide companionship one-on-one or at facility gatherings. Transport wheelchair-bound seniors to in-house activities and services. Project Care Volunteers provide companionship for frail, isolated seniors who live on their own, or respite for a caregiver. Volunteers may also help with light housekeeping or errands for a senior.

Agency: Office of the Aging
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Long Term Care Ombudsman

A certified Long Term Care Ombudsman is a professionally trained and certified advocate who resolves issues with long term care facilities on behalf of residents and their families. The heart of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is its corps of specially trained and certified citizen-volunteer ombudsmen. Many volunteers are retired professionals from various fields. These dedicated Ombudsmen spend an average of four to six hours a week in each of their assigned facilities, advocating for the residents. The Tompkins County Office for the Aging supervises our local ombudsman program. Formal application, interview, 4-day initial training, monthly meetings, and year-round availability are required. Minimum 2 year commitment.

Agency: Office of the Aging
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: UWTC Office Volunteers

We are looking for community members to come in 1-2 hours per week and  help work on mailings, audit, and/or help file our newspapers. This is a great way to gain experience and become involved in our community.

If this interests you, please contact Cedric Forbes at cforbes@uwtc.org or 607-272-6286

Agency: United Way of Tompkins County
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Visitor Center Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers of all ability levels to assist with the programs and operations of the Visitor Center. If you love birds and want to be around others who share your interests, you are invited to join our new Visitor Center volunteer corps!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, housed at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, offers opportunities for visitors to connect with the Lab and learn about its mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity. Birders, school classes, families, and nature lovers come to the Lab to walk the trails, watch birds, view the art, use the library, and learn from exhibits, tours, guided walks, seminars, and other types of programs.

Volunteer Opportunities Helping with youth education programs Leading guided tours Assisting with outreach efforts Helping out in the Adelson Library Interacting with Lab visitors Requirements Complete the training for a specific volunteer appointment Commit to at least 5 hours per month (specific time commitments vary by appointment) Must be 18 years of age or older Benefits Complimentary Cornell Lab of Ornithology membership 10% discount in Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods store Program discounts Training and continuing education opportunities If you are interested in volunteering at the Lab of Ornithology
please contact Anne Rosenberg at baj3@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2109.
Agency: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Museum Tour Guide

Would you like to help to tell the story of the Earth to visitors of the Museum of the Earth? As a Museum Tour Guide you will be part of science education and learn more about fossils and geology. You will also be able to share your passion and excitement for paleontology and evolution with Museum visitors.

Being a tour guide in the Museum takes several steps. You must go through an initial Museum Docent Orientation. Then you will be given materials which teach you about the information needed for giving a tour. Lastly you will be able to shadow some veteran guides before you are giving a tour on your own. It is a fun and fulfilling experience.

You must be available weekdays, Especially in 10 -1pm. Tours are on a need basis so they are not giving regularly.

Agency: Museum Of The Earth
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Museum Early Learner Docents

The Museum of the Earth needs a few long-term, reliable volunteers to facilitate hands-on learning and play at our NEW Early Learners Dino Zone.

Volunteers will be working with families with children 5 years and under. Training will be provided so that volunteers have a good understanding of both paleontology and the Museum of the Earth. Volunteers should enjoy working with the public, especially young children. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation and go through training. 

We are looking for people who enjoy working with very young children, especially a volunteer who has experience with the early learning education.

Agency: Museum Of The Earth
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Office and Education Assistant

The Evolution Education Manager of the Museum of the Earth is looking for an administrative assistant. 

Main Duties or Tasks include:

General office work, including but not limited to organization and filing, assisting with phone calls. Assistance with fulfillment of plush merchandise order and with plush merchandise website content/ future content. Help with education planning and content, including but not limited to Darwin Days planning, minor Teach Friendly Guide (TFG) content assistance (eg. writing definitions or searching for photographs).

Qualifications:

Excellent organizational skills and good writing skills. )desire to be involved with education and outreach is a plus). Knowledge of computers, MS Office, and Photoshop.
Agency: Museum Of The Earth
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Collections and Exhibit Cleaner

The Collections and Exhibits of the Museum of the Earth are in need of cleaning assistance.  

Responsibilities:

Using a HEPA vacuum and other tools to clean and maintain exhibits and displays (training will be provided) Reporting display issues to supervisors 

Qualifications:

Detail oriented, methodical, and patient. Able to climb into exhibits and lift somewhat heavy objects. Able to lift arms above their head and are physically able to reach all parts of the exhibit  Comfortable wearing a dust mask.

 

Agency: Museum Of The Earth
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Animal Education Docent

We are seeking an animal education docent!

The Cayuga Nature Center is looking for motivated and reliable docents to provide educational programs with our animal ambassadors. We will provide training, which involves: animal handling, basic wildlife information, audience engagement techniques, and shadowing opportunities. Docents will be expected to give 30 minute to 1 hour programs using educational materials and live animals. This is the ideal opportunity for someone that enjoys working with both animals and the public, or for someone looking to gain more experience in the public education field.

Docent must enjoy public speaking. They must be engaging and enthusiastic presenters. Most programs are geared towards younger audiences, so docents must enjoy working with children. You must be comfortable with handling animals, lifting, and bending. Flexible schedules are preferred, but required.  

Reliable transportation is a must (there is no TCAT bus service).

Agency: Cayuga Nature Center
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 14850
Allow Groups: No