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 Jan. 19):

Spotlighted Needs​​​​​​​

Meals on Wheels of Chemung County: Needs a driver and runner team for a Horseheads route on Mondays. Please call 607-734-9535 if you can help. (12.2021)

Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier: Coaches are needed for the Spring 2022 season. As a coach, you will help girls in the program to develop skills in cooperation and collaboration. Register today or learn more. (12.2021)

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)

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
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Steuben County
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Schuyler County
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Please also visit the Red Cross website.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 (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 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.

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

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 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, 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.

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