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Volunteer and donation needs in our community during COVID-19 pandemic

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 we’ll update this list frequently. 

Below is a list of local organizations' needs as of May 22.


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.

Chemung County
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May 23: Hilton Garden Inn Horseheads, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
          May 29: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
         June 5: United Methodist Church, Horseheads, 1-6 p.m. 
          June 9: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1:30-6:30 p.m. 
         • June 12: Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 1-6 p.m. 
         • June 16: Big Flats Community Center 1-6 p.m. 
         • June 18: West Elmira American Legion, 1-6 p.m. 
         • June 23: 
            — WETM Blood Drive at Horseheads American Legion 442, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
            — WETM Blood Drive at Holiday Inn Riverview, Elmira, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

Steuben County           
           May 26: Guthrie Healthworks, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Schuyler County
          • No drives scheduled.

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.

Catholic Charities of Steuben, 23 Liberty St. in Bath: Seeks donations of non-electric can openers (100); reusable grocery bags; and the following toiletries -- toothpaste, shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, tooth brushes, deodorant, and dental floss. Items may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon or 1-4 p.m. weekdays. 

Catholic Charities of Steuben, 20 Elm St. in Hornell: Seeks 50 thermometers to hand out to clients and 2 carts to transport food from the pantry to cars. Items may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon or 1-4 p.m. weekdays. 

Catholic Charities of Steuben, 130 Rumsey St. in Bath: Seeks donations of household cleaning products to clean a residential facility. Items may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Corning Community Food Pantry, 11715 East Corning Road: Seeks baby diapers in sizes 4, 5 & 6; bar soap; toilet paper; shampoo; baby food (not formula), and baby cereal. 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 5 p.m. weekdays.

Glove House: Seeks donations of the following:
• Gift cards, specifically, restaurant gift cards in $10 increments for independent-living young people and foster parents; and craft and chain store gift cards to purchase art supplies, books and cleaning items for children in group homes and foster care.
• Activity items (arts and craft supplies) and board games for children in group homes, detention facility and foster care. 
• Diapers (Pampers or similar) sizes 3 & 5; X-small Little Sleepers Pull-ups; Size 3T and 4T Pull-ups, and baby wipes.
• Cleaning items and dish soap.
Items may be dropped off 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday at 220 Franklin St. in Elmira or at Dippity Do Dah’s at 46 E. Market St. in Corning. 

Pantry of Angels, 682 County Road 115, Lindely: Seeks reusable grocery bags and lunch for 21 volunteers on pantry distribution day. Bags be dropped off between 9:30 and 11 a.m on Wednesdays. Contact Janet Schroeder to donate lunch. Email: jschroeder8@stny.rr.com or call  607-742-1594 or 607-622-5473.

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.: Seeks men’s and women’s deodorant, toothpaste and dish soap. Contact Margie Lawlor, lawlorm@proaction.org or call 607-368-6499 or drop off between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Steuben Professional Massage at 90 W. Market St., Corning. No services are being offered at the shop, but donations may be left inside. 

Samaritan Center, 380 S. Main St., Elmira:
• Masks are needed for shelter residents and residents in housing programs. Call Katie Rhodes with Catholic Charities at 607-734-9784 ext. 2133 to arrange a drop-off time. 
Diapers are needed for local families in sizes 4, 5, & 6 (nighttime and regular) and pull-ups (nighttime and regular). You can buy them online on RightGift and the items will ship for free directly to the Samaritan Center. Or purchase anywhere and ship to the Samaritan Center – 380 S. Main St., Elmira, NY 14904. The diapers will be distribution at the food pantry, and to those utilizing our homeless shelter and those who have experienced domestic violence and are working with Samaritan Center advocates. To arrange a drop-off, contact Katie Rhodes with Catholic Charities at 607-734-9784 ext. 2133.

Turning Point Bath, 23 Liberty St.: Donations of the following toiletries are needed: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bodywash, 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, 144 Cedar St.: Volunteers needed for meal prep (8-11:30 a.m); delivery car loader (11-11:30 a.m.); and meal delivery (11:15 a.m. -12:45 p.m.). Meal prep volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Delivery car loaders must be able to carry 30+ lbs. from kitchen, up a set of stairs and to cars. Delivery drivers must have a valid driver's license and proof of insurance. Register online: http://www.cmowheels.com/Volunteer-Application.html or call 607-962-7985 or email cmowheels@aol.com

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 grocery bags 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.

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. Senior Nutrition Program: Specific need for substitute volunteer drivers for Bath and Hornell. Shift takes about 30 minutes. Deliveries take place on weekdays. To help with the Bath route, call Brandi Gerych 607-776-4310; to help with the Hornell route, call Larry French 607-324-8609.

Red Cross: Volunteer, 18 years or older, needed to serve as a Blood Donor Screener. Apply for the position and learn more.

Salvation Army in Elmira, 414 Lake St.:
• 5 volunteers are needed to make non-contact food deliveries to homes from 10 a.m. to Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Must have a valid driver's license and must use personal vehicle. To volunteer, email Melinda.Zimmer@USE.SalvationArmy.org or Doris.Haggerty@USE.SalvationArmy.org.
• Volunteers are needed 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to pack food bags and to hand out food bags in a drive-thru pantry. Call to volunteer: 607-732-0314.

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.

ServNY (statewide): 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. Learn more here or register at www.health.ny.gov/ServNY.

** Volunteers for these organizations must meet the following requirements: 
• Have not traveled in the last 14 days;
• No signs of illness in the last 14 days;
• Not have been in contact with anyone who has had any signs of illness in the last 14 days;
• Generally healthy/no underlying conditions/not immunocompromised;
• Aged 18-59;
• Live alone or with max 2 other people;
• Willing to practice social distancing while volunteering.


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, lwilson@uwst.org, to be added to this list.