Beautification volunteers and staff planting at Van Horn Park
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Beautification volunteers and staff planting at Van Horn Park

Beautification volunteers and staff planting containers on W. State St.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Beautification volunteers and staff planting containers on W. State St.

The Mayor's Parking Space is a new Beautification site, started in 2012.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

The Mayor's Parking Space is a new Beautification site, started in 2012.

Student volunteers planting pansies on the Commons
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Student volunteers planting pansies on the Commons

Student volunteers from Ithaca College join Beautification volunteers and staff to plant Tompkins County Public Library.

Student volunteers from Ithaca College join Beautification volunteers and staff to plant Tompkins County Public Library.

Beautification staff and volunteers plant zinnias at Purity Point.
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Beautification staff and volunteers plant zinnias at Purity Point.

Beautification Brigade

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. Training is held annually in March and is free and open to anyone who wants to volunteer with the program.

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 the second half of May and June.

Beautification Brigade trainings for 2017 are Thursday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 5, 6-8pm at CCE-TC, open to all interested and include dinner.  Contact the coordinator below and submit a Beautification Brigade application.

In addition, 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.

Contact

Martha Gioumousis
Community Beautification Program Manager
mg10@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 123

Last updated October 19, 2017