Beautification Staff and Volunteers at Aurora Triangle
Image by Janine Willis

Beautification volunteers and staff planting at Aurora Triangle

Beautification staff and volunteers work at rotary
Image by Janine Willis

Beautification volunteers and staff work at the Rotary

Beautification Volunteers
Image by Janine Willis

Beautification Staff and Volunteers at Van Horn Park

Volunteers at Creekwalk 2021
Image by Janine Willis

Volunteers at Creekwalk

Beautification_Into the streets 2017

Student volunteers at Sign Triangle

Beautification Brigade

The Beautification Brigade runs volunteer sessions from April-November. Join anytime, no experience necessary!

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. 

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

Clubs, service groups, schools, fraternities and sororities are all welcome to volunteer! 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 and November for clean-up. If you'd like to help out, please be in touch with us. 

The volunteer job description is viewable here. To get in touch with us about volunteering, email us at

All CCE 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. 

Our annual orientation meetings have been scheduled for March, for more information please visit our event page.

See left for the steps to enroll as a volunteer!


Janine Willis
Community Beautification Coordinator
(607) 272-2292

Last updated April 12, 2024