Volunteer and donation needs in our community

We know you want to help our community by giving your time. Thank you!
United Way of the Southern Tier is talking to local non-profits about their needs and updates this list frequently. 
Local organizations' needs (updated Oct. 15):

Spotlighted Needs


  • Items, including food, cleaning supplies and households items, will be available by appointment starting Monday, October 4, at the temporary Food Pantry inside the Pick Center (formerly the Methodist Church) in Woodhull. Call 607-458-5279 and leave your name and phone number to request an appointment.

  • Individuals with damages who need assistance should call the 2-1-1 Helpline. Dial 2-1-1 and providing your address, contact information and type of damages. Individuals will be connected with the appropriate community service organization that can assess with their needs. 

  • IF YOU HAD ANY WATER DAMAGE: Please make sure your household gets on the list for mold abatement. It is not sufficient to simply clean with bleach but must be done in a manner that will rid the home of the dangerous condition that will reappear if not done properly.  This FREE service is also obtained by getting on the mold list through 2-1-1. If you or your neighbors are already on the 2-1-1 list, please call back and make sure you sign up for the mold service, as well.

Corning Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on Fridays; 3 routes are available. Please consider donating your lunchtime to deliver much needed healthy meals to our homebound senior neighbors. To volunteer: Call 607-962-7985 or sign up online. (08.2021)

Salvation Army, Corning: The Kids' Cafe has an ongoing need for disposable masks for children and also seeks a supply of headphones (which work better than earbuds) for the 40 children in the program. If you can help, please call Mary Ellen Monahan, Kids' Cafe program director, at 607-377-4973. 

Meals on Wheels of Chemung County has an IMMEDIATE NEED for volunteers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To volunteer: Please call Marcie at 607-734-9535 weekdays. You will need a reliable vehicle and a license/insurance. (10.2021)

Youth Mentoring of the Southern Tier (YMST) is currently recruiting volunteer mentors for its Steuben County and Chemung County locations. YMST is a site-based mentoring program that meets once a week at a designated location. Mentors are thoroughly screened including background and reference checks. During each hour long program, mentors and mentees participate in fun and enriching activities facilitated by site coordinators. Contact  or 607-936-3507 for more information, or apply today at (05.2021)

Blood Drives

If you are new to donating blood and wonder if you are eligible please visit for eligibility requirements. If you are already a donor please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to make an appointment or to search for other appointments where you live.

Chemung County
Find Chemung County drives here

Steuben County
Find Steuben County drives here

Schuyler County
Find Schuyler County drives here

Please also visit the Red Cross website.

Donation Needs

Catholic Charities of Chemung & Schuyler:
Paper Products: Cups, plates, plastic silverware, paper towels, toilet paper.
Personal Care Items: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, deodorant, feminine care products. 
Please call before dropping off at either: The Samaritan Center (607-734-4898; 380 S. Main St., Elmira) 10 a.m.– Noon, Tuesday or Thursday (Tuesday is the best day to drop off); OR Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry (607-535-2815; 112 Tenth St., Watkins Glen) Tuesday & Friday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday: Noon-4 p.m.
Craft Supplies: Canvases, poster board, paints, or craft kits (no sewing kits, please). Please contact Lindsay Baker to arrange a drop-off, or 607-734-9784 ext. 2145.

Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Big Flats: Seeks canned cat and dog food, dry kitten and cat food, meat-only baby food, spray cheese, and kitten milk replacer. Items may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or ordered online and shipped to: Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Call 607-732-1827 ext. 212 for more information. (Updated 06.2021)

Corning Community Food Pantry, 11715 East Corning Road: Seeks bags, specifically a roll of produce bags and larger plastic bags. Items may be dropped off 9 a.m. to noon Monday & Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Corning Meals on Wheels, 144 Cedar St., Corning: Seeks handmade ‘thinking of you’ cards on up to 8.5x11-inch paper. Cards may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Elmira Community Kitchen: Donations of the following new packaging supplies are needed — large brown paper lunch bags; baggies/sandwich bags; and 4-oz. to 8-oz. clear plastic containers with tops for small, individual cold salad. Items must be new and in packaging. Items can be dropped off at the Community Kitchen, 160 High St., between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. Items can be ordered online and shipped to Catholic Charities, 215 E. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901. Call 607-734-9784 ext. 2135 or email Kathy Dubel, for more information. 

NET Domestic Violence Shelter: Needs the following items: Shower curtains, pillows, twin sheet sets, blankets, and comforters for twin beds, pot and pan sets, dinnerware sets, and smaller bathroom waste basket sets. Call the shelter at 1-800-286-3407 to arrange to drop off items at either the shelter or at Arbor Housing and Development at 26 Bridge St. in Corning.  

Pantry of Angels, 682 County Road 115, Lindley: Seeks canned vegetables, dry pastas and rice. Also seeking lunch for 21 volunteers each Thursday for pantry distribution day. Drop off lunch by noon. Contact Janet Schroeder to donate lunch. Email: or call  607-742-1594 or 607-622-5473. 

Turning Point in Bath and Hornell: Donations of disposable bowls, plates and utensils are need for emergency food boxes for the homeless. Donations may be made at 23 Liberty St. in Bath, 607-775-4575, or 20 Elm St., Suite 2, in Hornell, 607-324-3457. (05.2021)

Weider House in Bath: Seeking disinfecting wipes/spray, cleaners, paper towels, toilet paper, rubber gloves, etc. Shop online and ship direct/drop off at Weider House,130 Rumsey St., Bath, NY 14810.

In-Person Volunteer Opportunities

Corning Community Food Pantry, 11715 East Corning Road: Volunteers are needed to package food (indoors) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact Mary Caruso at or call 607-962-6750.

Corning Meals on Wheels: Delivery volunteers are needed on Fridays; 3 routes are available. Also, substitute delivery volunteers are still needed. Please consider donating your lunchtime to deliver much needed, healthy meals to our homebound senior neighbors. Call today at (607) 962-7985 or sign up online at (08.2021)

Faith in Action (Steuben County): Help senior citizens with grocery shopping or by taking them to medical appointments in Steuben County; 12 volunteers are needed. You must have a valid driver's license. Call 607-324-1138 or 607-936-0941, or email

Lighthouse Wesleyan Church Food Pantry, 101 S. Lackawanna St., Wayland: Need 2 volunteers on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Contact Dot Hammers: 585-301-2268.**

Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, 409 William St., Elmira: Help deliver or prepare meals for delivery. Email or call 607-734-9535.

Neighborhood Transformation Center, 314 W. Church St., Elmira: Needs 5-10 volunteers to help between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call Jeremy for details, 607-271-0493.** 

Oakwood UMC Food Pantry, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights: Needs 1-2 volunteers on Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Contact Sue Hults at 607-333-0396.**

Painted Post Food Pantry, 201 N. Hamilton St.: Volunteers needed to distribute at the pantry between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday-Friday. Call Ralph Foster 607-377-7745.

Pantry of Angels, 682 County Route 115, Lindley: Volunteers needed for new drive-up food distribution. Volunteers are needed to direct traffic for up to 3 hours on Thursday afternoons, starting at about 3:30 (4 volunteers). Volunteers are also needed to load groceries into vehicles (2-4 volunteers; must be able to lift 40 lbs.). To offer help, call Crystal McCannon at 607-368-6061 or Janet Schroeder 607-742-1594.

Schuyler County Office for the Aging: Seeks volunteers to grocery shop and/or pick up and deliver prescriptions for senior citizens. All volunteers will receive masks, gloves and hand sanitizer; mileage reimbursement available. To volunteer, call 607-535-7108.

Turning Point Food Pantries: Volunteers are needed at the Bath and Hornell Turning Point food pantries. To get started, fill out this form at (04.2021)
Bath Turning Point Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers for pantry deliveries as well as on site volunteers to fill pantry orders. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday, hours vary by day.
Hornell Turning Point Food pantry also needs one additional volunteer for driving and filling pantry orders. These hours would vary.

** Volunteers for these organizations must follow most up-to-date health and safety guidelines as provided by the organization.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

CASA of the Southern Tier Inc.: CASA will be offering a virtual training component to the community for anyone desiring to become a Volunteer Child Advocate. In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis and New York PAUSE, CASA expects child abuse/neglect cases to rise. CASA of the Southern Tier will be piloting a new virtual class soon. Most of the training can be done from your home, online and through Zoom meetings. The CASA team will be there to provide support. Please call the CASA office at 607-936-2272 or email to receive an application packet and to reserve a spot. Application packets can also be completed on the CASA website

If your organization has a volunteer need, please email Lois Wilson to be added to this list.