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Beautification volunteers and staff planting at Van Horn Park

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

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

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Student volunteers planting pansies on the Commons

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

Purity Point
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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. 

For all volunteers, new or returning, Beautification Trainings will be held on March 11 and March 16th via Zoom. Advance registration is required, so please sign up here. You only need to attend one of the trainings.

Weekly work sessions are generally held on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday with occasional weekend dates.  A weekly email lets the volunteers know where the work sessions will be. To be added to our email list, please email us at beautification@cornell.edu. We are following mask and social distancing guidelines in the wake of COVID-19.

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! We need the most help during May and June for planting, and again in October/November for clean-up. If you'd like to help out, please be in touch with us. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, groups will be limited to 5-10 members depending on our needs.

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.

If you are a returning volunteer please fill out the CCETC Volunteer Re-Enrollment Form.

Last updated February 26, 2021