Community Resources

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Preparing yourself, household members, and your home for health and other emergencies is always a good thing to do. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers this guidance at Get Your Home Ready for COVID-19.


Physical, Emotional, and Mental Wellbeing

Health Plan Coverage Options

Please be aware of these benefit improvements and additions, including telemedicine, telecounseling, and financial assistance, now available to Cornell benefits-eligible employees.

Special Benefit Considerations During COVID-19


Additional Cornell Resources

  • ENI Confidential Counseling Services – 1-800-327-2255 – provides services at no cost for up to three visits to benefits-eligible employees and family members.  Available 24/7, licensed mental health professionals provide phone or in-person counseling for a variety of stressors and needs. 
  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program –, 607-255-2673 - benefits-eligible employees, retirees, and spouses/partners may contact the FSAP by phone to obtain free support. If the volume of calls exceeds the FSAP’s ability to respond in a timely fashion, please consider contacting ENI (above).  FSAP is now offering virtual sessions for employees.
  • Cornell Wellness – remote access to programs and services available, including new offerings for fitness, meditation, and more –,
    • Virtual Wellness Resources List - Explore the many ways to improve and/or maintain your physical wellbeing in the comfort and safety of your home for low to no cost. National and local resources for virtual sessions, videos, and Apps. 
  • Office of the University Ombudsman -  The Office of the University Ombudsman offers a safe place where community members may discuss problems or issues within the University.  Remote appointments available.
  • Cornell Cancer Support Groupfacilitated by the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger LakesMeets virtually the second Wednesday of each month, 11:45-12:45 pm. Open to faculty, staff, students, and retirees who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer. An opportunity to meet one another, create a community of support, and learn about resources.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension - online workshops, local food information, and family resources.


Domestic Violence & Intimate Partner/Family Violence Resources


Substance Abuse

There are many reasons that substance abuse can increase in times of crisis – both the development of new substance abuse and a reoccurrence of past substance abuse. Providers and organizations (such as the ones below) remain available to support individuals and their family members:


Community Resources

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Food & Deliveries

Cornell Resources

  • Cornell Food Pantry
  • CCE Listing of Tompkins County Food Assistance Programs
  • Healthy Food For All & Nourish Tompkins — Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County Since 2006, Healthy Food For All has been providing hundreds of low-income households every year with access to locally grown fruits and vegetables via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, coupled with nutrition and culinary education. During the pandemic, Nourish Tompkins was initiated to expand services to provide over 10,500 pounds of local produce and 2,000 healthy meals with hunger relief partners to thousands of food-insecure community members. For more info, contact Liz Karabinakis, Director, / 607-272-2292 x 242


Community Services


Finances & Utilities



  • Spectrum – financial assistance may be available to households that do not currently have internet.
  • New York State Public Utilities – service shutoffs suspended during COVID-19.
  • Home Energy Assistance Program - federal program that helps low-income households meet the high costs of home energy. Income and resource eligibility standards change annually. Call 607-274-5264


Helping Others

Volunteer Gigs in Workday

You can use Workday to connect with volunteer opportunities:  the links below will take you to Workday's landing page; click the red "Login to Workday" button and 2-step authentication, and you'll be redirected to the volunteer gig.


Donate to the Emergency CARE Fund

The Cornell Emergency CARE Fund provides support to employees experiencing financial hardships.


Community Volunteer Opportunities


Building and Maintaining Connections

Cornell Resources


Community Resources

  • Adopt a Grandparent - CHD Living is inviting English-speaking people from around the world to apply online and become a virtual volunteer who will engage with their assigned "grandparents" through video calls.


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