Community Resources

211 connects people who have questions about or are in need of any type of service, including employment, housing, health care, mental health, food, and childcare. Click here to search 211’s extensive database of local and national organizations dedicated to getting you what you need.

To contact 211, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-8667) on your phone. You can also contact 211 by texting, emailing, or chatting from your computer. Click here to learn more.

The COVID-19 MUTUAL AID & ADVOCACY RESOURCES: a resource for people looking out for themselves and their communities through personal preparation, collective care, mutual aid and advocacy.

The City of Ithaca, in partnership with the Tompkins Chamber, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, and Ithaca Voice has launched “We Are Resilient” – an online interactive dashboard that shows businesses in Tompkins County that are currently open and offering services. You can support your favorite local businesses through the COVID-19 response. 

New Resources for Food Delivery and Safe Rides to Covid-19 Testing. Free and safe rides in a sanitized vehicle now are available for individuals scheduled for COVID-19 testing at the Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. Individuals first must register for testing online at or by calling 607-319-5708, then call 2-1-1 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm to schedule a ride with ASAP cab company. There is no charge for this service.

The ReUse Center has an online store and over 1000 items now on EBay. They are also offering contact-free pickups of donations for a $40 fee. The ReUse Center is also helping the County with its mask-making effort for essential workers, supplying all the fabric for the effort, and providing cutting services to help streamline the sewers’ efforts. 

Both the County and City of Ithaca are working on authorization to redirect federal housing funds to provide rent relief to vulnerable households that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Both the County and the city receive federal housing funding (e.g. Community Development Block Grants). In the case of the county there is funding typically set aside for housing renovations that, because of the covert crisis, cannot be used for this purpose. There is a proposal to the state to redirect this funding to establish a local program for rental assistance of three months for those impacted by COVID19. 

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The special enrollment period for health insurance will remain open through June 15, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a plan through NY State of Health

Generous assistance being offered from Premier Landscaping. Here is a message they posted on facebook, “If there is anyone that is struggling to make ends meet and need some necessary work around the house done please give us a call so we can help you out. If there’s any local businesses that are struggling please do the same! We want to lend a hand where it is needed! We will hire more help if needed to accommodate all needed requests! We are very very busy but we have large crews of guys ready to help where it is needed! 607-483-3377”