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Cornell Employee Volunteers at Red Cross Friendship Center

Red Cross Friendship Center
Red Cross also accepts food donations for the Food Pantry and maintenance supplies for the Homeless Shelter...

The Tompkins County Chapter of the American Red Cross is always in need of volunteers who are willing to help with the Emergency Homeless Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Food Pantry programs it operates at The Friendship Center, 618 State St., Ithaca.

In this video from the United Way, Cornell University Vice President of Planning and Budget Elmira Mangum talks about her experiences as a volunteer at The Friendship Center. If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer at The Friendship Center or with another Red Cross program or service, contact the Tompkins County Chapter at (607) 273-1900.

If you can’t volunteer your time and would still like to help, the Red Cross also accepts food donations for the Food Pantry and maintenance supplies for the Homeless Shelter. You can drop off donations during regular business hours at either The Friendship Center or the Tompkins County Chapter office at 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca.

Here’s the list of what’s needed:

Food Pantry supplies:

• Peanut butter and jelly

• Canned or dried beans

• Canned meats (deviled ham, potted meat, tuna, chicken)

• Pasta and sauce

• Rice (white, brown, flavored)

• Canned or dried soups (Ramen noodles)

• Canned meals (beef stew, SpaghettiOs, chili)

• Boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper, macaroni and cheese)

• Breakfast cereal and instant oatmeal

• Canned fruits and fruit juices

• Canned vegetables (green beans, peas, mixed vegetables, corn, diced tomatoes)

• Boxed potatoes and stuffing mix

• Crackers and snacks (fruit chews, cookies, pretzels)

• Baby formula and baby food

Homeless Shelter maintenance supplies:

• Toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue

• Disinfectant cleansers and sprays

• Hand sanitizer

• Laundry detergent and bleach

• Ziploc bags

• Liquid hand soap

• Dish detergent