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Volunteer and donation needs in our community

We know you want to help in this time of uncertainty. 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 April 16):


Urgent Need

Drive Steuben County residents to vaccination clinics: AmeriCorps Seniors, Faith in Aciton of Steuben, and the Institute for Human Services are joining together to make sure seniors in Steuben County have a ride to their COVID-19 vaccinations appointments in Steuben County. If you would like to volunteer – all ages welcome – call 607-664-2298 or email RSVP@SteubenCountyNY.gov. All volunteers will be trained in safe distancing practices and receive PPE.

Become a COVID-19 Vaccinator: New York State is encouraging eligible New Yorkers to take the required trainings to become vaccinators and support the State's COVID-19 vaccination program. The eligible pool of trainees who can administer vaccinations include: Licensed practical nurses (LPNs); Pharmacists who are not certified to administer immunizations by SED; Midwives who are not certified to administer immunizations by SED; Dentists; Dental hygienists who have been issued a dental hygiene restricted local infiltration anesthesia/nitrous oxide analgesia certificate; Podiatrists; Emergency Medical Technicians; Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, and students in eligible education programs (medicine, nursing, PA, pharmacy, dentistry, podiatry, and midwifery). Learn more here.

Do you want to help at COVID vaccination site but you're not a medical professional? The ServNY volunteer management system, administered by the New York Department of Health's Office of Health Emergency Preparedness, is a web-based registry of individuals who make themselves available to assist on behalf of New York State during an emergency. Volunteers are needed to help with COVID-19 vaccination clinics in area counties in roles such as parking lot attendants, greeters, crowd flow, and more. Learn more here about ServNY or register at www.health.ny.gov/ServNY. Steuben County information is here. Chemung County information is here.

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. 

Corning Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on a substitute basis, filling in on days when it fits your schedule. 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.

Meals on Wheels of Chemung County has an IMMEDIATE NEED for volunteers for a Wednesday route, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Substitutes are also needed
To volunteer: Please call the office at 607-734-9535 weekdays. You will need a reliable vehicle and a license/insurance. PPE is provided. 


Blood Drives

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

Chemung County
• April 16: Millport – Pine Valley Baptist Church, 1-6 p.m.
• April 20: Big Flats – American Legion, 1-6 p.m.  
 April 22: Elmira – First Presbyterian Church, 1-6 p.m.
• April 24: Big Flats – Arnot Mall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• April 26: Horseheads – First Baptist Church, 1-6 p.m.
• April 28: Horseheads – American Legion Post 442, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
• May 7: West Elmira Fire Department, Noon-6 p.m.
 May 18: Chemung Christian Fellowship, 726 Main St., 1-6 p.m.
• May 22: Big Flats – The Bridge Wesleyan Church, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
• May 27: Elmira – First Presbyterian Church, 1- 6 p.m.

Steuben County
• April 23: Painted Post – Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
• April 26: Painted Post – Beartown Road Alliance Church, 1-6 p.m.
• April 26: Corning – Emanuel Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• April 29: Painted Post – Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• May 3: Corning – Caton United Methodist Church, 1:30-6:30 p.m. 
• May 10: Corning – Emanuel Lutheran Church, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
• May 12: United Church of Painted Post, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• May 21: Painted Post –Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• May 25: Painted Post – Healthworks, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Schuyler County
• May 1: Watkins Glen – Lakeview Assembly of God, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• May 3: Montour Falls – Schuyler County Human Services Building, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• May 25: Beaver Dams Fire Department, 1-6 p.m.
• May 27: Montour Falls – Montour Moose Lodge, 1-6 p.m.


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, lindsay.baker@dor.org 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 Rte 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Call 607-732-1827 ext. 212 or email Arynn Brucie, communications@chemungspca.org for more information.

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, kathy.dubel@dor.org 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: jschroeder8@stny.rr.com or call  607-742-1594 or 607-622-5473. 

Turning Point Bath, 23 Liberty St.: Donations of the following toiletries are needed: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, shaving cream, tampons or pads, hand soap. Shop and ship directly to 23 Liberty St., Bath, NY 14810 or call to arrange a non-contact dropoff 607-775-4575.

Turning Point Hornell, 20 Elm St., Suite 2: Seeks breakfast cereal that appeals to children and is seeking someone to provide lunch for a staff of five on Fridays. Cereal can be dropped off from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. To provide lunch, call Steve Olix, at 607-324-3457.

Twin Tiers Baby Bank, 130 W. Water St., Painted Post: Donations are needed of diapers and wipes, any brand, especially sizes 5 and 6, and Gentlease formula. The Twin Tiers Baby Bank, a 501(c)(3) corporation, has been in existence since 2016, providing an emergency supply of diapers and wipes to families in need. Monetary donations can be mailed to Twin Tiers Baby Bank, 130 W. Water St., Painted Post NY 14870. Donations of diapers and wipes can be delivered or shipped to 136 Cayuta St., Corning NY 14830. 

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 CCFP15@outlook.com or call 607-962-6750.

Corning Meals on Wheels: Substitute delivery volunteers are needed throughout the week; fill in on days when it fits your schedule! 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 http://www.cmowheels.com/Volunteer-Application.html.

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 rrussell@fiasteuben.org.

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 info@mealsonwheelschemung.org 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.

** 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 children@casasoutherntier.org 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.