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Volunteer and donation needs in our community

Thank you for wanting to help our community by giving your time. United Way of the Southern Tier is talking to local non-profits about their needs and updates this list frequently. 

Local organizations' needs (updated May 17):


Spotlighted Needs

Read Names at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: A traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall is coming to Wisner Park in Elmira this summer, and people are invited to be part of the effort to honor the more than 58,000 service members whose names are on it by reading each name starting at 4 p.m. June 29. Learn more here about the Memorial Wall at Wisner Park. Register to read names here. 

Tour de Keuka: United Way of the Southern Tier needs volunteers to help on Saturday, August 6, at the Tour de Keuka charity bike ride. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Contact Lois Wilson at United Way of the Southern Tier for more information. Email or call 607-377-5834.

Painted Post Food Pantry: The pantry is seeking a volunteer to be its corresponding secretary. For more information, please call Lynn at (607) 962-7859. (05.2022)

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.: Volunteers are needed for to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Hornell area. Choose the days you'd like to volunteer. Mileage reimbursement available. Call Rebecca at 607-776-4310 to learn more. (03.2022)

Turning Point in Bath and Hornell: Donations of disposable bowls, plates and utensils are needed 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. Call Kari at 607-776-8085 ext. 2202. (03.2022)

Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler Counties: 
High needs for: Body wash, deodorant, shampoo, soap, fruit cups, granola bars, microwaveable meals/soups, and pop-top canned meals. Donate at either Samaritan Center, 380 S. Main St., Elmira (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or Schuyler Outreach, 112 10th St., Watkins Glen (9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday & Friday; noon-4 p.m. Thursday). (02.2022)

Catholic Charities of Steuben/Livingston Counties:
Donations of gently used furniture are needed, specifically: Twin bed frames, twin box springs, couches (no recliners or sleepers), dressers, kitchen tables and kitchen chairs. Items can be dropped off 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Please call Jessica at 585-658-446 ext. 26 for more information or to arrange drop-off. (03.2022)

Institute for Human Services Volunteer Driver Program: Through IHS's volunteer driver service, you have the power to keep people facing transportation barriers on a path to health and wellness in your spare time. Drivers are reimbursed at the federal rate for mileage and for other costs incurred on the road. If you have the drive to help others, call 607-776-9467 ext. 222 to learn more and get on the  volunteer driver roster. (12.2021)


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
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.


Volunteer Opportunities

Chemung County Meals on Wheels: Substitute drivers are needed. Fill in on a day that fits your schedule. Please call 607-734-9535 if you can help. (2.2022)

Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Big Flats: Seeks mature volunteers for all phases of spay and neuter clinics. Clinics are held 8-10 times each month, usually on Wednesdays and Sundays. The location of the clinics is at the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA on Route 352. Commitment time is approximately 6 hours per clinic, but this is flexible depending on your availability. Training will be provided. A minimum commitment of 2 clinics per month for 6 months is required. Contact Matt Guagliardo at 607-732-1827 ext. 2207 or mguagliardo@chemungspca.org. (11.2021)

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: 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 http://www.cmowheels.com/Volunteer-Application.html. (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 rrussell@fiasteuben.org.

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.

Red Cross (apply for any of the following at www.redcross.org/volunteer): 
• Service to Armed Forces-Hero Care Caseworker (100% virtual volunteer role) — Red Cross volunteers help members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. If you are someone with strong listening skills and the ability to work with culturally diverse populations, you can help provide a critical link for families during emergency situations. 
• Disaster Action Team Member (in person; must be fully vaccinated & submit vaccination status/documents) —Home fires and other disasters can occur any time, any place. As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you’ll provide emotional support, financial assistance, and information and referrals to help families begin the process of recovery. After your initial training, your shifts will include responding promptly to emergencies, night or day, rain or shine. 
• Blood Donor Ambassador (in person; must be fully vaccinated & submit vaccination status/documents) — To meet critical blood needs, the American Red Cross is looking for friendly, customer focused individuals to volunteer at blood drives in your community. The primary role of a Blood Donor Ambassador volunteer is to engage with donors by greeting, registering, answering questions, providing information, and supporting them through the recovery process at the refreshments table. The special attention volunteers give helps create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support. (02.2022)

Steuben Prevention Coalition: The Steuben Prevention Coalition's Marijuana Prevention Task Force is seeking volunteers to help education local youth about the risks of marijuana use. To learn more, email colleen.banik@dor.org or visit the website. (02.2022)

Turning Point Food Pantries: Volunteers are needed at the Bath and Hornell Turning Point food pantries. To get started, fill out this form: https://ccsteubenlivingston.org/volunteer/. (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.

Youth Mentoring of the Southern Tier (YMST) is 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 ymst@familyservicesociety.org  or 607-936-3507 for more information, or apply today at https://nysmentoringprogram.ny.gov/signUp. (05.2021)


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.

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, 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.  


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