Elise He SewGreen is a non-profit located in the Commons and is part of Sustainable Tompkins. Its goal is to reduce waste and promote re-using and upcycling by taking donations of fabrics, sewing materials, and knitting materials and re-selling them, donating them, or using them in their free and/or low-cost classes for children and adults in schools and their store. They also host a yearly design competition and fashion show and hire many teenagers and young adults. In short, they do a whole bunch of wonderful things for both the community and the environment. When you volunteer at SewGreen, there … Continue readingSewGreen

Finger Lakes ReUse Center

Antonio Saporito The Finger Lakes ReUse Center off of Triphammer Road is a thrifters’ dream, as well as a wonderful place to do service. Only as far as Target in Lansing, it is easily accessible by bus or car. Mountains of unwanted, yet useful and interesting items surround the nonprofit, carrying out the store’s mission to reduce the amount of waste in landfills by allowing people to reuse the products. Volunteers sort through donated items, labeling them with tags and sorting them on the shelves. Bins and bins are lined up, as well as a huge stockroom in the back … Continue readingFinger Lakes ReUse Center

Mirroring on Ho Plaza for Mental Health

Madeline Feldman The “Mirroring” event on Ho Plaza leading up to the Cornell Reflect dinner, and as a part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, was a huge success! Volunteers were either standing at a table that had large, stationary mirrors to be written on, or they were walking around with a smaller mirror that already had writing on it and they were asking people walking by to take photos with the mirror. People walking by seemed so excited by this project. They were so happy to see the encouraging messages that others had left, and many people added their … Continue readingMirroring on Ho Plaza for Mental Health

Cornell Bridges Heights

Madeline Feldman At my most recent visit to Bridges, Cornell Heights, I was greeted with “I’m really glad to see you today,” “Wow you’re back!!” and a “Thank you,” with the warmest smiles. Bridges is an old age home located right behind Cornell’s North Campus and is a really special and unique place. I’ve been volunteering there now since the Fall of 2017, and it is one of my absolute favorite things that I do on campus. I look forward to my Sunday night trips, where I know I will be able to sit and have conversations with people who maybe have … Continue readingCornell Bridges Heights

Prisoner Express: Journal Project

Cindy Tang I’ve never really done any volunteer activities remotely related to prison reform before. When I first signed up for the Journal Project run by Prison Express, I had little idea what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Journal Project basically gives the inmates the opportunity to regularly send in reflections on their life and prison experience. We write back to inmates commenting on their journal entries and writing about our thoughts. I’ve once read a letter from an inmate who was apparently struggling with his life at the moment. He … Continue readingPrisoner Express: Journal Project

Prisoner Express: Book Packing

Pooja Patel Prisoner Express: Book Packing has been an event that APO has long participated in. It creates an opportunity for incarcerated men and women across the country to connect with the world and to obtain educational opportunities and information via books. As a volunteer, you help package a set of books that was requested by a person. As a part of this package, you also get to write a letter to the person. If you participate in this event weekly, this creates the opportunity for you to form a correspondence with someone over the course of many weeks or … Continue readingPrisoner Express: Book Packing

Jenkins & Marvels service mixer

Adena Dass At the Jenkins & Marvels service mixer, brothers and pledges watched a short video about mental health in the prison system, specifically at the Cook Country Jail in Chicago, followed by reflection. Here are some thoughts our brothers shared: “They’re not just numbers. They are real people. They have real stories. They are people.” “I don’t think people realize how big of a role mental health plays in incarceration rates. One of the statistics that really stuck out to me was that we can spend up to $450 a day to treat a prisoner with a mental health … Continue readingJenkins & Marvels service mixer

The Power of Handwritten Letters: Letters Against Depression

By: Wendy Zhuo and Cordelia Ding It’s 6 PM on a Friday, and I have one last activity to look forward to before my weekend officially starts: Letters Against Depression. I briskly make my way to Cascadilla Hall where I know friendly faces will be waiting in the 2nd-floor lounge, scrolling and pausing through the brief stories written by the soon-to-be recipients of our letters. For the past two years now, Letters Against Depression (LAD) has continued to be my favorite service event in APO.  Maybe it’s because there’s something soothing about the gentle scratching of pens and pencils on … Continue readingThe Power of Handwritten Letters: Letters Against Depression


Shea Belsky Ever wondered what happens when you gather hundreds of programmers, designers, and thinkers in PSB for a weekend? They can make some pretty awesome stuff! BigRed//Hacks is Cornell’s biggest hackathon, bringing together college students from across the country to work on amazing technical projects. Hackers come up with ideas, write code and designs, and pitch them to judges from companies like IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Wayfair, and Bloomberg, all over the course of a single weekend. But this can’t happen without some help. We had over three hundred hackers at BigRed//Hacks on October 19-21st, 2018. How can we … Continue readingBigRed//Hacks

Stand Against Sexual Assault Tabling

Gillian Fennell On Wednesday, October 17th, APO held its fourth “Stand Against Sexual Assault” tabling event. Thank you to Maddie Feldman, Kat Ratner, Olivia Goosay, Nikola Kanaris, Devyn Ottman, and Valerie Kong and all the folks that came to the “Let’s Make Empowering Quarter cards” fellowship for helping out! During the event, these lovely lady brothers handed out empowering quarter cards and information about the prevalence of sexual assault and resources for survivors on campus. This project was founded to remind survivors (and women in general) of their power. We are all beautiful, strong, intelligent, vivacious, resilient beings, but sometimes we … Continue readingStand Against Sexual Assault Tabling