For students interested in having a hands-on experience, there are a wide variety of groups that provide local, national, and international service. A sampling of options is below: visit the Cornell Public Service Center for a complete list.
The Alternative Breaks Program sends groups of student volunteers to participate in alcohol and drug-free, community-based service trips during their spring and winter breaks. The mission of the Alternative Breaks program is to promote service-learning through direct public service.
Cover Africa, a Cornell student organization dedicated to malaria intervention in Africa, works to make Cornell students the agents of positive community change through a service learning trip, course and organizational structure that educates students, conducts research, and distributes bednets in Ghana.
EYES is committed to promoting engineering and the sciences as career fields, and to increasing the math and science skills of elementary, middle, and high school students through exciting project-based math and science lessons developed by undergraduate Cornell students.
The primary goal of Friends of Farmworkers (FOF) is to instruct Cornell students in tutoring non-English speaking farmworkers while both parties develop cross-cultural interpersonal skills, an ability to interact with individuals from different cultures, and self-confidence from learning or teaching English.
GRASSHOPR is a collaboration between graduate students at Cornell and K-12 teachers in the surrounding community. Each student designs and implements a "mini-course" to share with the teacher's class; the mini-courses are then put online as open-source material for anyone to download and use.
The goal of POST is to provide first-year and transfer students with an experience that familiarizes them with Ithaca, the Cornell campus and their new community while simultaneously fulfilling the service tradition that is part of Cornell's mission.