Volunteers with the Tompkins County Community Beautification Program are called the "Beautification Brigade". They help to make Ithaca more beautiful while learning useful gardening tips and techniques. The Brigade plants and maintains spring and summer flowers on city traffic medians and the Ithaca Commons.
Due to concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the Coronavirus, the Beautification Trainings have been cancelled indefinitely. Please check back to see the status of the Beautification Brigade and upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Weekly work sessions are held Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm and Thursday mornings 10am-12noon. During the busy planting season, Wednesday mornings 10am-12noon are added. A weekly email lets the volunteers know where the work sessions will be.
Clubs, service groups, schools, fraternities and sororities are all welcome to volunteer! From April to October, there are a wide variety of gardening and landscaping projects in Ithaca that can use YOUR HELP! Your group can adopt a planting for a season, or help out on a one-time basis. We need the most help during May and June for planting, and again in October for clean-up.
To join the Brigade, submit a Beautification Brigade application.
In addition, after joining the Beautification Brigade, all volunteers will be asked to consent to a criminal background screening at Cooperative Extension's expense, as a means of ensuring the safety and security both of our volunteers and of the people we serve through our programs. Submit a CCE volunteer application and a screening consent form along with the Beautification application or fill them out at the training.
Last updated March 20, 2020