Agency Partners

2017 Participating Agencies

Burtt House Friends Center

Cancer Resource Center

Cayuga Nature Center

Cayuga Ridge Extended Care

CCE Tompkins County Horticulture Program

The Cherry Artspace


Coddington Road Community Center

Conifer Village

Cops, Kids, and Toys

Cornell Cooperative Extension/ Community Beautification

Ellis Hollow Apartments

Family Reading Partnership

Finger Lakes ReUse


Hospicare and Palliative Care

Immaculate Conception Church

Ithaca Children's Garden

Ithaca Community Childcare Center

Ithaca Community Recovery

Ithaca YMCA

Kitchen Theater Company

Mary Durham Boutique  (WOC)

Pennsylvania Ave UMC Food Cupboard

Running to Places Theater Company

Salvation Army


Southside Community Center

Tompkins Community Action

Tompkins County Public Library

Tompkins Learning Partners


West Haven Farm

Wizarding Weekend

Youth Farm Project

*Find out more about some of our past agencies below:

Alternatives Federal Credit Union

Our Mission is to build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities.  We are leading an economic movement to create thriving, empowered communities with financial freedom for everyone.  

Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing

Beechtree is a skilled nursing and physical rehabilitation facility working primarily with Medicare/Medicaid and a population majority age 70-90. Students will be working with the recreation department doing therapeutic activities such as balloon toss, arts and crafts, music, Bingo etc.

Cancer Resource Center

The Cancer Resource Center offers a variety of cancer support services including one-to-one patient navigation at our office and at Cayuga Medical Center, support groups, wellness programs, and a boutique with wigs, scarves, and other items. We provide these services free of charge with a small staff of 5 employees and nearly 80 volunteers. Now in our 21st year, we are the most comprehensive cancer support organization in Central New York. "No one should face cancer alone".

Catholic Charities

CCTT serves as a resource of last resort for low and moderate income individuals. We provide a coordinated network of human services dedicated to expediting assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our objectives include addressing the needs of the community's most vulnerable people challenging conditions causing poverty and despair.

Cayuga Heights Fire Department

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department is an all volunteer department staffed with a large number of students from Cornell as well as members of the Cayuga Heights community.

**Cayuga Heights Fire Department provides fire protection and advanced life support to its residents.** 

Cayuga Nature Center

In 2013, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest public venue for education. The Nature Center cultivates an awareness, appreciation, and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education. The goal is to transform the Nature Center into a premier educational center for teaching and learning about the impact of climate change on the fauna and flora of Tompkins County.

PRI and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.

Cayuga Ridge Extended Care

Cayuga Ridge Extended Care is a one of the largest skilled nursing facilities in the area. The facility has a (current) 160 bed capacity. We feature rehabilation services along with skilled nursing.

In recreation we are responsible for the residents social and emotional well-being. We offer stimulating activities in a multitude of therapies to hopefully hinder the detrimental effects of Alzheimer's and dementia by utilizing residents abilities and individual skills, talents, and interests. There are many activities that happen on a daily basis throughout our facility. We are advocates and most importantly friends and companions to our residents. Come down and have some fun with us!

Coddington Road Community Center

Coddington Road Community Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families by providing children and youth with exceptional care in a warm, accepting, and safe environment.

We are committed to providing enriching educational experiences in which children learn to carry out responsibilities, make decisions, express themselves creatively, and discover friendships.

In partnership with Coddington staff, families and members of the community, we strive to help children realize their authentic selves.

The Coddington Road Community Center has been a part of the local landscape for many years.  In the 1860’s a one-room school house was built on the spot now occupied by our “Bear” classroom.  By 1948, zoned school districts were created and the school house became known as the Coddington Road Community Center.  It was officially incorporated in 1949.  During the next three decades, CRCC hosted many community dinners, square dances, youth sports and community fund raisers.  Use of the center decreased in the late 1970’s until the arrival of three visionary women in the early 1980’s.  After a community survey, legal research and a great deal of hard work the Coddington Road Community Center was reopened in 1985 as a 501(c)3 non-profit child care facility with Anne Morrissette as the first director.  Since then, CRCC has been an integral part of the community with a variety of programming available for children and families.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (Pat Curran and Monika Roth)

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is a community based organization with the mission of bringing research based information where relevant to help address community needs.  We are involved in many activities in partnership with other local organizations and our work is focused on improving the lives of residents in our community.

We have programs in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, environment/natural resources, consumer and financial issues, family and parenting, youth/4-H and more!  We love working with students during Into the Streets and throughout the year we have students volunteering or working with us.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (Chrys Gardener)

The Permaculture Park is an innovative project located in a public park in downtown Ithaca. Volunteers and neighborhood residents, under the guidance of horticulture educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension, have been planting edible species in the park for anyone to harvest and eat. Over the past three years we have planted fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes and strawberries, as well as flowering plants for pollinators and birds. This fall we will be building new features in the park, such as raised beds made from locally harvested locust, an herb spiral and locust arbors.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) responds to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs and projects are developed in direct response to community input.

Edith B. Ford Memorial Library

The Edith B. Ford Memorial Library provides access to information and programs to inspire lifelong learning for the cultural, educational, and professional enrichment of our community.  In a rurally isolated community with over 50% of our children receiving free/reduced lunches, the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library helps to engage and serve the youth within our community. The Fall Festival is a party for the youth, in which we bring the children and families into our library for a fun-filled event with storytelling and crafts and a parade through the village.  Our party culminates in a Halloween themed party for children, and their interaction with ITS volunteers is always a positive, eye-opening experience that they usually do not have access to.

Family Reading Partnership

The Family Reading Partnership is a non-profit community organization that promotes early literacy. We are a broad-based, locally grown coalition of individuals, businesses, schools, libraries and other organizations. We have joined forces to "create a culture of literacy" by promoting family reading practices throughout our community.

Feed Elmira - Walnut St.

Feed Elmira - Walnut Street (FEW) is a newly formed food pantry located in center city Elmira, operating as a member agency of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST).   The FBST estimates there is an unserved population in that area of about 8,000 people.  FEW is operating under the auspices of Pennsylvania Ave United Methodist Church food pantry which has been in operation over 30 years, running smoothly with a well-trained volunteer base, and is currently the largest of 40 food pantries in Chemung County.  The FEW building was recently purchased by Frontline Family Ministries, a church with a vision to provide the basic human right of enough food to eat for those in this unserved area.  Now that the food pantry is open, the next step will be opening a noontime soup kitchen for elderly folks, followed by afterschool feeding of local children (many of who are being fed only the 2 meals a day they receive at school).   These school children are also provided with reading and homework assistance from local college students who come each day to volunteer with them.   The broad vision of the afterschool program is to keep children off the streets, provide them with homework assistance, positive role modeling, mentoring, and interaction with college students - all in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty which is so prevalent in this section of Elmira.  While the FEW building is large and in good shape, it has been vacant for a number of years.   Because of this, the amount of painting and clean-up projects are monumental.   We are in great need of a large group of volunteers to come in and "sweep" through as many projects as possible during the "Into the Streets" time frame.  

Finger Lakes ReUse

Finger Lakes ReUse is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our communities benefit from reuse by reducing waste, relieving poverty, and teaching job skills. Our programs and services include:


A retail outlet open to the public daily


A greener alternative to demolition


A computer reuse, repair, and refurbishing program


A job skills training program


A community-based repair program


An interactive online tool to help communities start their own ReUse Centers


The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is a center for all ages, particularly youth and teens. It serves the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development.

The center's programs include services dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people we serve; advocating for the rights and needs of youth, families, underrepresented, and disenfranchised populations; providing structured employment training opportunities for at risk youth and adults; and fighting against oppression and intimidation in our community.

The center executes this mission through its own programming and by drawing on the resources of other community agencies and individuals.

Historic Ithaca

As a non-profit organization, Historic Ithaca works to serve the community through its preservation advocacy, educational programs and community development. For nearly 50 years, Historic Ithaca has engaged a broad constituency of area residents, local government, businesses, and organizations who recognize the rich history of our region’s built environment. Its mission and programs support the belief that the built environment is a living document that reflects the social attitudes, aspirations, and economic realities of our neighborhoods, downtowns, and rural landscapes over time. The organization continues to engage with the community, through programs such as Significant Elements architectural salvage store, Work Preserve Job Training Program, and much more.

Ithaca Community Childcare Center

Ithaca Community Childcare Center is an outstanding not-for-profit childcare center committed to providing families with the highest standard of child-inspired, professionally-nurtured care with opportunities for learning.  Care is available for children from eight weeks to five years.  There is also after school and summer camp care available for children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc.

Ithaca Community Recovery, Inc. is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the local recovery community.  We do this by providing safe, affordable, and convenient meeting space for 12-step and other recovery-oriented groups in a drug and alcohol free facility.  In 2000, we had the opportunity to purchase the building at 518 West Seneca Street thanks to generous support from local donors. Now, it is a resource for a diverse, vibrant, and compassionate community run by an all-volunteer board.  Alcoholism and addiction know no boundaries and affect people in every sector of society;  for many people dealing with these issues locally, 518 provides a home-base they can rely on.

Ithaca Friends Meeting

The Burtt House Friends Center is a Tudor-style house on the edge of the Cornell campus. The house was built from stone quarried on the site around 1900. It was owned for many years, by Edwin(Ned) and Marjorie Burtt. Ned was a well-regarded philosopher, a Philosophy professor at Cornell, and both a Buddhist and a Quaker. Some of Ned's writings are still used in college philosophy classes.

  Ned and Marjorie had the vision of their home being used to further the work that Friends(Quakers) do in the areas of peace and social justice. Since the late 1980's the house has sheltered refugees from several countries, students working in the areas of social justice, and many people in life transitions. It functions as a small, intentional community.

Museum of the Earth​

Founded in 1932, the Paleontological Research Institution has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of 2-3 million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.), and publishes Bulletins of American Paleontology, the oldest paleontological journal in the Western Hemisphere, begun in 1895. PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public.

PRI’s Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the general public with a unique opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. The museum’s 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through 4.5 billion years of history, from the Earth’s origin to the present day. Through hands-on, visual exhibitions and outreach, the Museum of the Earth encourages critical thinking about life on Earth in the past and today, and how our species is affecting the natural world.

The Ithaca YMCA Outdoor Education Center

110 acres of wooded property was gifted to the YMCA in 1984.  It sat dormant until 2012 when our current CEO had a vision of and community outdoor space where individuals, families and the community as a whole could come to connect with nature and each other.  Over the last 3 years, the staff of the Y with the help of the community has turned what once was just woods into a fully functional Outdoor Education Center.  We have cleared and built miles and miles of trails, installed a massive clubhouse, and developed a full service summer camp programs.  With the help of local eagle scouts we have build bridges, and amphitheaters.  With the help of Franziska Racker Center and Cayuga Medical Center we have installed a wheel chair accessible nature trail.  As we expand our focus remains the same; provide individuals and families with the opportunity to connect with the natural world around them.

The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County

Welcome to the Y. We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.  We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  A place where generations gather together. Seniors socialize alongside toddlers splashing and learning new skills. The Y offers everything from water activities and fitness equipment to healthy living classes for youth and adults. At the Y, your membership means more.

Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army was started in 1865 in London England by William and Catherine Booth. One of the motto's they used is "Soup, Soap and Salvation". This explains their belief that you can't preach to a man on an empty stomach and that we must help the body as well as the soul. The Salvation Army is a church, which puts a strong emphasis on social services.The Salvation Army is in 127 countries; feeding the poor with soup kitchens, teaching the uneducated with schools, helping the orphans with homes, healing the sick with hospitals plus a whole lot more. The Mission Statement of The Salvation Army is as follows;

"The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. It's message is based on the Bible. It's ministry is motivated by the love of God. It's mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ  and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination"

​Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. It's message is based on the Bible. It's ministry is motivated by the love of God. It's mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

The Salvation Army was started in 1865 in London England by William and Catherine Booth. One of the motto's they used is "Soup, Soap and Salvation". This explains their belief that you can't preach to a man on an empty stomach and that we must help the body as well as the soul. The Salvation Army is a church, which puts a strong emphasis on social services.The Salvation Army is in 127 countries; feeding the poor with soup kitchens, teaching the uneducated with schools, helping the orphans with homes, healing the sick with hospitals plus a whole lot more.

The Salvation Army 2014 Annual Report shows:

58,434,217 meals served

19,577,943 household needs (clothing, furniture, etc) given away

28,387,662 total people helped

10,847,192 nights of lodging provided.

Southside Community Center

The present Southside Community Center is the legacy of the work and ideals of the Francis Harper Women’s Club, a group of Black women in the Ithaca community. In March of 1927, the Francis Harper Women’s Club organized the Serv-Us League to serve the residents of the Southside. Mrs. Vera Irvin was then president and they raised $220.00 for the Hope Chest as a nucleus fund for this organization. The organization was to be non-sectarian and non-partisan, for the “uplift” of every individual. Through the efforts of Mrs. Irvin and Mrs. Gessie Cooper, who later became executive secretary and president of the League, the help of four businessmen was enlisted and the first advisory board was formed. Mr. J.W. Hook served as the first president until his death when he was succeeded by Mr. R.E. Tremen. For the first seven years of its existence, the Center met in a rented house at 221 South Plain Street, and in 1932 purchased the property at 305 South Plain Street, the current home of the Center. In 1936 the structure was razed, and in 1937 the current facility was erected by the WPA in cooperation with the Southside Corporation and the City of Ithaca. The building was dedicated in a ceremony attended by the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1938.

St. Paul's Methodist Church 

The people of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church value spiritual growth and Christian service in the context of a broad-based, inclusive, spiritually progressive Christian tradition.


TCAction partners with low-income households and individuals as they develop to their full potential.

Tompkins County Health Department

Hundreds of thousands of children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health. They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior. Stopping a child’s exposure to lead from leaded paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead.

To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, the Tompkins County Health Department  is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 25-31 Tompkins County Health Department  joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in encouraging parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.

This year's NLPPW theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.

Tompkins County Public Library

Tompkins County Public Library is a core community service. We provide free and open access to services, resources, and programs that foster literacy, cultural appreciation and personal growth and community connections.


UCNS is a play-based, parent cooperative nursery school where all children are loved and respected, and all aspects of their development—social, emotional, physical, cognitive—are nurtured.  Each day at UCNS, children explore art, science, dramatic play, blocks, books, storytelling, manipulatives and more, using a wide variety of materials, including natural and recycled objects. The classroom is constantly evolving to meet the children's changing needs as they unfold over the school year. Teachers provide leadership as they model developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum, and their skilled, loving support of the children. Together, parents and teachers form a close community, committed to fostering healthy growth and development in each child.

Founded by Cornell community members in 1970, UCNS is a nursery school that is truly focused on enriching the lives of young children and families. In the 45 years since it opened, UCNS has grown to serve both the needs of the Cornell community and the wider community in Ithaca.

The Youth Farm Project

A core part of our program is bringing youth together from diverse social and economic backgrounds and studying the discrepancies within the existing food system.  We create opportunities for youth to grow as individuals by giving them responsibility in all aspects of farm work, from planting seeds to selling the produce at Market Stands that they manage themselves.  We strongly believe that giving youth the opportunity for connection to real work and connection to their community has contributed to the strength of our program.

West Haven Farm

West Haven Farm was started by John and Jen Bokaer-Smith in 1992. Our 10 acre fruit and vegetable farm is Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, and is located on a beautiful hill two miles from downtown Ithaca, NY at EcoVillage. The land we farm is protected by a permanent conservation easement so we can continue producing food here indefinitely without pressure from development (through the Finger Lakes Land Trust).

We market all of our produce directly to consumers through our Community Supported Agriculture program and the Ithaca Farmers' Market. We have never been interested in putting our produce in a box and shipping it to unknown people in far-away places—we value the relationships we cultivate with those who eat the food we grow, and feel good about knowing the people for whom we grow food.

Being so close to Ithaca allows us to provide a multitude of educational experiences on the farm, and we regularly host tours of school children, college students, and local, regional, and international farmers. 

YMCA Cortland

In keeping with the YWCA mission of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people, the child care programs of the YWCA of Cortland are designed to support families through quality child care services. Our programs support and empower parents and children by offering opportunities to gain knowledge and respect of self, family, culture, and community in an atmosphere that is developmentally appropriate, safe, stimulating and nurturing.

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