Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner, and there are many ways that you can give back in the Ithaca community. Check out a few opportunities down below.

Courtesy of United Way

United Way of Tompkins County – assists community members to meet their basic needs while focusing on several foundations for a good life: education, financial stability and health.

  • Christmas Carol Stock Fund
    • Collaboration with the Hangar Theatre Company, inspired by the message of Hangar’s performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  
    • Attend a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, or click here to donate through December 30.
    • All funds raised are used to purchase pairs of socks that go to local school children.

Loaves & Fishes – a Christian ministry that provides individuals with meals, hospitality, companionship and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances.

  • Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair (December 1, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
    • Donate the cost of one, two, three or more weeks of food for one Loaves & Fishes guest
    • Contribute to the Emergency Fund which it uses to purchase prescriptions, warm winter clothing and other necessities for guests at the Alternative Gift Fair.

The Salvation Army of IthacaOperates more than 7,000 centers in communities all around the United States. These communities help with food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a variety of children’s programs.

  • Holiday Giving Catalog
    • Purchase a symbolic gift to help your local Salvation army
    • Fill a kettle, adopt an angel, purchase a coat or blanket, and much more

Food Bank of Southern Tier – nonprofit that helps combat hunger by providing those with food and nourishment

  • Selfless Elf 5K Run/Walk (December 1, 2018 at 3 p.m.)
    • Run or walk to help end hunger in the Village of Horseheads
    • For everyday runners, serious runners and walkers alike.
    • Family friendly event


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