Buy Nothing Groups

Buy Nothing groups create hyper-local gift economies. Simply join your local Facebook group, ask for what you need, gift what you don’t, and comment to claim! In the process you will get useful things for free, prevent waste, declutter your life, help out your neighbors, and form community connections that foster a spirit of generosity.

Climate Change Exhibit opens at Museum of the Earth, Ithaca

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) announced the opening of the Warren D. Allmon Changing Climate: Our Future, Our Choice Exhibit – including a permanent exhibit at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, as well as an online version that can be accessed anywhere in the world. As of December 26th, the physical exhibit is now open. Some features of this new exhibit include a feedback station where visitors can voice their opinions, a digital map that lets you explore energy sources across the U.S., and a miniature house where you can make energy choices and calculate its carbon footprint. The Museum of the Earth is limiting the number of visitors inside, so be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot! Read the full article by the Ithaca Times to learn more.

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse (and also Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca) offers emergency shelter, meals, supportive permanent housing, employment resources, and spiritual care to those struggling with homelessness and hunger. Listen to their podcast, Drinks From the Well, which opens dialogue and understanding between those who have been homeless and those who wish to know their stories. **VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED** for this awesome organization to deliver meals on Christmas morning – a great way to give back as a family!

The Bramble Collective

The Bramble Collective is a group of three Ithaca, NY-based herbalists who dreamt of bringing accessible, sustainable medicine to their community. They are a retail store with bulk herbs & spices, medicine-making supplies and locally hand-crafted products. Bramble is also a community space offering herbal health consultations, a lending library, classes and events. They recently created “Tea Club”, which is a monthly seasonal tea mix subscription to improve your wellness. And today is the LAST DAY to sign up! Even as they struggle, these rockstars are offering ***1 free Tea Club membership to our local BIPOC community for every 5 Tea Club memberships purchased*** Let’s help Ithaca’s little herb shop make it through this pandemic, and help others stay healthy during this time!

We Need Your Stories, Tompkins Residents!

We are collecting local stories that highlight the ways our values, thoughts, actions, and policies are shifting in order to create a more just and resilient Tompkins County. This is an opportunity to explore how you are responding to the pandemic, and what solutions or signs of transformation you see emerging. Use whatever medium you like: self-made video or recorded audio (1-3 minutes and horizontal orientation, preferably), written story (200-400 words), or original works of art or poetry. We will share the stories through multiple media to a broad range of audiences.

The Bioscience Resource Project

The Bioscience Resource Project is an educational nonprofit which provides tons of scientific resources, with unique and revealing perspectives on issues that are fundamental to the survival of people and the planet. It publishes Independent Science News, a media service devoted to food and agriculture. They’ve also got internships and trainings for students! Check out some of their recent publications: ‘Bill Gates’ Global Agenda and How We Can Resist his War on Life’ and ‘Why We Need A Small Farm Future.’

ArtRage Gallery

This Syracuse gallery has a mission to exhibit progressive art that inspires resistance and promotes social awareness – a mission we can get behind! πŸ‘ ArtRage has reopened in person as of September 1st, but if you’d rather stay home, you can still view their virtual exhibition via their website, called 8 Minutes 46 Seconds, comprised of powerful moments captured from the current BLM movement, or their current exhibition, called The Seven Deadly Sins – A Trump Dystopian Heptology.

Bravely Return to the Earth

In Trumansburg, lies a program for preschool families and homeschooling families who wish to embody community, awareness, health and education in their daily lives. Their intention is to create intelligent peacekeepers in the next generation, by teaching academic subjects through an interdisciplinary curriculum adapted by teachers who live on the land, using nature to have an applicable learning experience. Skill-building includes farm-to-table nutrition, animal caretaking, primitive technology, yoga and meditation. Visit their website to learn more about their programs.

Lagom Landing

Carpentry, gardening, cooking, forestry, trades; Lagom Landing is a nonprofit residential program that gives 18-25 year olds the opportunity to discover their passions and gifts and build useful skills. Students spend time in nature while also living and working closely with mentors who inspire and motivate Carpentry, gardening, cooking, forestry, trades; This nonprofit residential program gives 18-25 year olds the opportunity to discover their passions and gifts and build useful skills. Students spend time in nature while also living and working closely with mentors who inspire and motivate them to discover who they are, not just what they will do. They’re also committed to fighting gender-based ideas about career roles πŸ‘©β€πŸ”§πŸ‘©β€πŸ­ Take a Lagom Gap Year! ✨

Hammerstone School Carpentry for Women

Hammerstone School empowers women to use their bodies and minds in creative and useful ways. Here’s how: By increasing the skills of individual women πŸ‘©β€πŸ”§ –> more women in trades πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ –> changing workplaces for all women 🀩! We love to see it πŸ‘ Visit their website to find info on upcoming courses, workshops, and more.