The mission of Into the Streets is to promote a lifetime commitment to service among members of the Cornell community. ITS mobilizes students to affect social change starting by starting right here in our own Ithaca community.
Since 1991, Into the Streets, a student-led program of the Cornell Public Service Center, has sponsored and planned the Largest Annual Day of Service that has provided more than 90 non-profit agencies extra hands from hundreds of student volunteers. ITS matches participants with area agencies based on mutual interests to work on meaning and rewarding projects. It is our hope that these opportunities will then grow into lasting relationships, keeping students involved in the local community.
In 2013, over 1,200 volunteers participated in various projects throughout Ithaca and the surrounding areas. In 2014, ITS helped kick off Cornell's sesquicentennial with over 1,000 volunteers participating and giving back to our community!
In 2015, Into the Streets was re-imagined with the continuing goal of evaluating the impact that volunteers have on the local agencies that serve our community. In order to do this, we reduced the volunteer count to 500 volunteers as well as created a three survey tracking system that allowed us to better assess the changing needs of agencies. These surveys are concise, but greatly help us in getting a better understanding how Into the Streets affects not only the Ithaca community, but also the lives of our volunteers.
This year, our 25th Annual Day of Service, we are excited about continuing the lasting impact of Into the Streets and participating in meaningful projects to give back to the local community.