Tompkins County Community MatchUp

Give the gift of your commitment for the holidays!

When: Sunday, December 11th, 2016 from 2:00-5:00pm
Where: The Space @ GreenStar (700 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY)

Do you feel drawn to get involved in your local community? Are you not sure where to begin? Join us at the Tompkins County Community MatchUp, a quick and fun way to connect concerned community members with like-minded organizations.

Participating local organizations include nonprofits and other local service agencies. This event is about helping you build a relationship with an organization that catches your eye. Consider it your local matchmaking event so that you can support local efforts to ensure basic human needs, human rights and our environment in the troubled years to come. Each will have a mailing list signup, volunteer signup, and donation box. We will have cards available so you can give the gift of your donated time or money in the name of a loved one, the name of future generations, or the planet (we will have holiday cards as a gift for your giving).

We will also have food, music, and a silent auction to raise money for organizations and initiatives in rural communities that may not have access to this event. You can also donate to this fund here.


Get matched and help ensure a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive community!

Thank you to our cosponsors of this event:

Participating Organizations

Advocacy Center of Tompkins County

The mission of the Advocacy Center is to end domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and child sexual abuse in our community through advocacy, education and support. Additionally, our goal is to reduce the trauma and increase the safety for women, men, children and teens impacted by these forms of violence.

Akwesasne Freedom School / LACS Cultural Connection

To sustain the Mohawk language and culture, as well as to support local indigenous efforts (e.g., First Peoples' Festival, Cayuga Farm, etc.)

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ithaca

One-to-One Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca and Tompkins County is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and The Ithaca Youth Bureau.

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

To create and sustain a community of support for people living with or affected by cancer.

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga

We support all people in need and advocate for social justice and human dignity in partnership with the Diocese of Rochester and the greater community.

Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom

Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom connects students to adults with real-world learning experiences on the lakes and streams upon which our communities depend. On Cayuga Lake, we offer Eco-Cruises aboard a 45-foot commercial vessel. Our Trout in the Classroom program helps students raise and release trout to local streams throughout the school year.

Our goal is to make inspiring learning experiences available and affordable for schools and community organizations. Our Community Access Fund allows us to work with under-served youth populations, and relies on private donations as well as grant and foundation funding.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network

Citizen education and advocacy for protecting Cayuga Lake, its watershed, and all waters for our common future.

Challenge Workforce Solutions

Challenge is a non profit organization committed to creating pathways to employment for people with disabilities or barriers.

Child Development Council

We promote the healthy development of children and families at home, in child care, and in our community.

Citizens' Climate Lobby (NY-23 Chapter)

To create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power.

Civic Ensemble

Civic Ensemble creates theatre that explores and explodes the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. We bring audiences of different races, classes, and experiences together in a public forum on the American experiment.

Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community. CHSF – Changing how schools feed kids.

Coalition to Protect New York

• To create an environment in which we claim the right to run a government truly of, for, and by the people.
• To together work against corporations, organizations, governments, and regulatory agencies that operate with disregard for people and Nature.
• Stopping fossil-fuel exploitation, infrastructure, and related industrial activities has been our initial battle in achieving our vision of a state where people have genuine governing authority to say NO to anything that harms our health and welfare, our community, and the natural world it inhabits, and to say YES to that which promotes the health and vibrancy of our land, our resources, and our selves.

Coddington Road Community Center

Coddington Road Community Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families by providing children and youth with exceptional care in a warm, accepting, and safe environment.

We are committed to providing enriching educational experiences in which children learn to carry out responsibilities, make decisions, express themselves creatively, and discover friendships.

In partnership with Coddington staff, families, and members of the community, we strive to help children realize their authentic selves.

Compost Education Program

Promote responsible composting in Tompkins County, NY

Finger Lakes for New York Health

Finger Lakes for New York Health strives to educate New Yorkers regarding the benefits of a single payer system on both the federal and New York State level, which would equitably provide health care for ALL. We are dedicated to passing and implementing state legislation in the form of the New York Health Act and federal bill HR 676.

Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club

Solve the climate crisis in a way that protects the environment and also is enduring, fair, and equitable. Steward our natural resources to safeguard them for present and future generations. Attract and empower a base of supporters and activists strong enough to challenge the status quo and accomplish our ambitious programmatic goals. Function as a high-performance environmental organization by building on our legacy and embracing innovation.

Finger Lakes Meat Project

We promote food affordability while preserving small farm viability by enabling people to buy locally raised meat in bulk!

We seek to raise awareness of the freezer trade (the purchases of whole, half, and quarter animals) in Ithaca and beyond, thus helping local livestock farmers succeed and creating affordable options for those seeking locally-raised meat.

Current projects include the Ithaca Meat Locker (a community shared freezer space), several holiday farmers' markets primarily for beginning farmers, and a local meat affordability micro-loan program for low-income families.

Finger Lakes Toy Library, Inc.

The Finger Lakes Toy Library exists to improve quality of life: by increasing access to toys, supporting play, and encouraging a culture of reuse and sharing.

The Fresh Snack Program

We bring fresh, locally grown snacks to school communities to boost nutrition, broaden healthy food choices, bring food learning to the classroom, and improve food equity.

Friendship Donations Network

Friendship Donations Network rescues fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from stores and farms and redistributes it to neighbors in need.

Gadabout Transportation Services, Inc.

To provide accessible, low cost, transportation for older adults and people with disabilities within Tompkins County.


GoGreen NY shares positive news of what is happening world-wide in the sustainable sector as we urge NY to move forward to a 100% commitment to sustainability.

Golden Opportunity Tutoring

GO provides academic tutoring and mentoring to low-income students in the Ithaca City School District empowering them with opportunity, inspiration and success.

Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)

GIAC: A Place To Be Me. Unity Through Decades of Diversity.

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center is a center for all ages, particularly youth and teens. We serve the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development. Our programs include services dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people we serve; advocating for the rights and needs of youth, families, underrepresented and disenfranchised populations; providing structured employment training opportunities for at-risk youth and adults; and fighting against oppression and intimidation in our community. Our center executes this mission through its own programming and by drawing on the resources of other community agencies and individuals.

GreenStar Community Projects

GSCP's mission is to collaboratively build a local food system that's fair for all & healthy for the earth.

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming provides access to land for marginalized people and education that merges sustainable farming practices and social justice.

Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County

The mission of the Human Services Coalition is to enhance the delivery of health and human services in the Tompkins County area.

Islamic Community Outreach Services

We are a not for profit organization dedicated to providing services for Muslims in Ithaca, bringing sound information about Islam and promoting activities aimed to have a positive impact in the Ithaca community. We have a strong commitment to interfaith work and

Ithaca Children's Garden

To inspire the next generation of environmental stewards

Ithaca City of Asylum

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is a community organization dedicated to providing sanctuary to writers whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, or whose languages are endangered. ICOA is a member of the International Cities of Refuge Network, one of only two cities in the United States.

Ithaca Health Alliance

Our mission is to facilitate access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured.

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, an ongoing project of Area Congregations Together (ACT) since 1969, serves as an emergency and supplementary food pantry for people in need. In most cases, the Cupboard provides households with three days’ worth of balanced meals which can be prepared or cooked by people in their own residence. Our mission is to provide safe and wholesome food while keeping clean premises in a pleasant atmosphere which allows for our patrons' confidentiality and respect.

Ithaca Public Education Initiative

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative facilitates community connections and support for students and teachers of the Ithaca City School District through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants.


We are committed to creating a community where growing older well is a vital part of life. We thrive as a vibrant hub for a wide variety of activities geared to older adults throughout the county – activities which promote continued mental, physical, and creative growth in a welcoming environment that is comfortable for all.

Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County

Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County (DBA: Loaves & Fishes) is a Christian ministry which provides a place for free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances.

Love Knows No Bounds

Love Knows No Bounds works with people to meet their needs for a safe, sturdy, and functional home when they don’t have the resources to repair or furnish them on their own.

Mama's Comfort Camp

MCC is a peer support network serving mothers of kids of any age. We work to normalize the struggles of motherhood, to facilitate the asking and the receiving of help, and fostering self-kindness. MCC reduces isolation, relieves anxiety and depression, and amplifies the voices of mothers and parents to shape policy to support the needs of parents and children. We connect mothers across and within communities, to strengthen mothers and families from the inside out and communities from the ground up.

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County (MHATC) works to end the stigma against mental illness and promote mental health wellness. The MHATC achieves this through education, advocacy, peer support and training, social drop-in center, family and youth support services.

Mothers Out Front

Climate change mobilization - We are a volunteer lead, grassroots organization. Our goal is a swift, just, and complete transition off of fossil fuels to preserve a livable climate for all children.

Multicultural Resource Center

MRC engages in cultural and systemic transformation by building with our communities to eliminate barriers to racial justice, cultural dignity, equity and inclusion, and indigenous rights.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Finger Lakes

We offer support and education to families and friends of loved ones living with a mental illness and we advocate for better mental health care and recovery.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

To provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our natural, historic and cultural resources.

OAR of Tompkins County

To advocate for inmates and former inmates of the Tompkins County jail and their friends and families.

One Story of Us

Through Active Hope in a Changing Climate workshops (based on the Work That Reconnects developed by Joanna Macy), we help people process our despair, anger, grief, etc. about the state of our planet so we can find empowered action to create a better world. We are also developing outdoor programming at Braided Root Waters (105 acres west of Trumansburg) to pass on resiliency skills to all ages: nature-spirit connection, relationship and community building, wilderness survival, homesteading, land stewardship, ecology, and wonder.

Peace Pins 14850

Raise money for direct donation to the 10-12 refugee families arriving in Ithaca in 2017.

Prisoner Express (Durland Alternatives Library)

To serve prisoners by giving them access to the outside world with correspondence and educational programs.

Showing Up for Racial Justice

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.

[Solar Tompkins](http://Solar

We help residents find the way towards a zero-carbon lifestyle while strengthening local businesses that provide related services. We remove barriers to individual action by providing easily accessible information and education, vetting installers, negotiating low pricing, and enhancing confidence.

HeatSmart is the major current initiative of Solar Tompkins and identifies home heating as a major source of fossil fuel use and provides efficient alternatives that can utilize renewable energy. We support residents' efforts tp improve home comfort, reduce costs, and respond effectively to the threat of climate change by reducing their carbon footprints dramatically.

Southside Community Center

Since its incorporation in 1934, the Southside Community Center, Inc., continues to affirm, empower, and foster the development of self pride among the African-American citizens of greater Ithaca. Through forums and activities in education, recreation, political and social awareness, the Southside Community Center is a community resource center.

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service

The mission of Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service is to promote constructive responses to crisis and trauma, and to prevent violence to self and others through direct support and community education. SPCS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a United Way Agency, and a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Sustainable Tompkins

Sustainable Tompkins is a community-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well-being of our region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and shared responsibility.

We act as convener, connector, and catalyst to engage both the grassroots and policymakers in the work of redesigning how we work and live so that our community can successfully cope with global influences such as climate disruption and energy transitions.

Tompkins Community Action

Tompkins Community Action partners with low-income households and individuals as they develop to their full potential.

Tompkins County Environmental Management Council

Advise County Legislature on environmental matters; conduct public education campaigns; environmental reviews of proposed projects

Tompkins County Progressives

The Tompkins County Progressives is a grassroots organization dedicated to the promotion of progressive issues at the local level. We are inspired by the political movement started by Senator Bernie Sanders but are open to participation from all progressives regardless of their political-party affiliation. Our leadership members meet regularly to plan activities (including public outreach and education around the issues), to build networks, and to recruit and support candidates for public office. We are a Chapter of the statewide umbrella group New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN).with 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 status.

Tompkins County Workers' Center

The Mission of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center is to stand up with all people treated unfairly at work. We support, advocate for, and seek to empower each other to create a more just community and world.

Varna Volunteer Fire Company

Provides emergency services, fire, and medical to the Ellis Hollow and Hamlet of Varna areas

The Village at Ithaca

Our mission is to advocate for excellence and equity in Ithaca’s public schools, by developing strategic community relationships, programs, and services to ensure that students, particularly Black, Latino, and low-income students, consistently meet or exceed local and New York State standards of achievement.

West Dryden Road Residents

Stop the West Dryden Road pipeline

WRFI Community Radio

WRFI exists to inform, entertain, and serve the well-being of our listening communities, and to share local and underrepresented perspectives over the airwaves.

Youth Farm Project

To empower youth from diverse social and economic backgrounds as integral participants in building equitable local food communities.

Silent Auction Items

Many thanks to the people and organizations who have generously provided items and services for our silent auction. We are still accepting donations here. Thank you!

Full scholarship to The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Plant-Based Certificate Program

Two $250 airplane vouchers from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

Wines from Stonewall Wine & Spirits

Sodalite necklace with matching earrings by Barried Treasures

Two one-hour massages by Healing Hands of Ithaca

One Night B&B Experience at Amazing Grace B&B

One Hour Horse Adventure by Horse Adventures

Red Shawl by Sarah L. Johnson

Body Buddy by Suzanne Gaglie

Dame Duster FLAX overshirt, asphalt, medium (new)

$150 Gift Certificate for The Dutch Handyman

30-minute Massage by Rose Zonetti

Frame prints from Foto Grafiks

1 ½ hour embodied dreamwork session by Janet Fortess Embodied Imagination Coach

1 hour Chi Gong Class by Janet Fortess Embodied Imagination Coach

Two one-hour massages by Padma Center for Natural Therapies

"Fresh Berries" archival art print (14"x 18") from Kathy Armstrong Fine Art

Cowl Knitting Kit by Spinning Bunny

Punch Card good for day-of services at CommonSpot

Handmade Bed Quilt by Pat Gaines and the Unitarian Community Quilters

Items from Turtle Island Pottery

One night in Frogs Way B&B with breakfast

4 hours of electrical work from Master Electrician Tommie Blecher

1 Year Zone 2 TCAT bus pass

Sciencecenter Family Membership (2 adults and 2 children)

60 minute massage by Marlaine Darfler LMT (2 available)

30 minute massage at Rasa Spa

$30 gift certificate to Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar

$75 gift certificate to Moosewood

$25 gift certificate to Mix Social Dining

$25 gift card to Dolce Delight

6-bottle wine gift bag from Red Feet Wine

One year membership to Cornell Botanic Gardens

A sweet bag of goodies from Press Bay Alley

Saturday Night Live Season 1 DVDs

Sim Redmond Tapes

Organization Signup

Thank you to all the organizations that have registered! We are now at full capacity for The Space @ Greenstar and cannot take any more organizations.

We apologize that we cannot accommodate everyone. If the event goes well we will certainly explore doing this again. Stay tuned.

Any organization that was already in the process of securing a table should contact the volunteer who was working with them.

Volunteer Signup

Contact Us

If you have questions about the event or need any assistance participating or donating please contact: