Social Service League of Ithaca

The mission of the Social Service League is to support Tompkins County not-for-profit, human service organizations in their work to address the most significant community needs. Any not-for-profit, incorporated, human/social service provider in Tompkins County is eligible to apply. Public/government agencies and individuals are not eligible to receive funds. Projects must show the ability to sustain themselves without continuing support from the League. Funding is not granted for capital fund drives or deficits. For more information, read the Social Service League brochure or contact John Mazzello at the Human Services Coalition at 607.273.8686.


Grant Application Information

The 2018-19 application process is now open. Read the grant announcement here.

Download the grant application and guidelines.  Applications are due on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 

Application Instructions:  Please email a copy of the completed application form and other required documents to (preferred method). You may also mail or deliver one copy of the application and required documents to the Human Services Coalition. Please ensure your application will be received by October 31.

Please be sure to review the grant guidelines closely to be sure your organization and project are eligible. Please contact us with any questions.


2017-2018 Award Recipients

The Social Service League allocated $13,364 to 11 organizations for the 2017-2018 funding cycle. The Human Services Coalition provided technical support and facilitate the funding process. 

SSL Board members handing a check to a representative from OAR.

Name of Organization Project Title
Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes Friendly Correspondent Program
Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga First Day Fund
Challenge Workforce Solutions Ability In Bloom/Ithaca Commons Mobile Vending Cart
Child Development Council Transportation Support
Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau Outings Equipment
Gadabout Transportation Services Gadabout Assistance for Veterans
Ithaca Health Alliance Enhanced Computer Patient Support for the Ithaca Free Clinic
Mental Health Association in Tompkins County Family Support Services Community Cafes
OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) Student-to-Student
St. John’s Episcopal Church Laundry Love: Free Laundry Service within a Caring Community for People in Need
YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County Outdoor Fitness Trail


Social Service League Board of Directors

Amber Alpizar, President
Andrew DeFran, Vice President
Fred Schoeps, Treasurer
Audrey Cooper, Secretary
Steph Bailey
Diana Garcia
Linda Madeo
Debra Traunstein