Ithaca Community MatchUp Sunday Dec. 11th, 2-5 pm

December 3, 2016

Ithaca Community MatchUp
Sunday Dec. 11th, 2-5 pm

We are entering into uncertain times with a divided nation. It is more important than ever to build community and make sure that everyone’s basic needs are met and their civil rights ensured. No one understands this better than the agencies, institutions, coalitions and nonprofits that provide support services and advocacy for marginalized and under-served populations, as well as those organisations fighting to preserve our environment. These all serve a critical function in our community, and they must receive the support they need if we are to prosper as a society in the future.

Local Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles, a long-time community activist, recognizes their uncertainty and concern. She feels called to action, as do many others, including the Tompkins County Progressive Committee members. Anna is working on dozens of ideas, including a community event that will connect community members with local organizations. This event, which she  is calling a “Community MatchUp” will take place on Sunday, December 11th, from 2 to 5 pm, in the Space at Greenstar. There will be food, music and good cheer, and dozens of worthy local organizations!

Anna’s Community MatchUp is meant to be a matchmaking event, a quick and fun way to see what is already in place in our community, and to support existing efforts to help marginalized populations and the environment. What does each organization need to continue to support basic needs and civil rights in our community? Do they need volunteers, board members, funding, networking support?  Visitors can certainly make one-time monetary donations, but Anna hopes that people will want to develop deeper relationships. Each one of us alone cannot guarantee that all organizations thrive, but if we each adopt one or several that inspire us, and build a relationship with them, we as a community can meet critical needs as they arise.

Anna is asking each organization to bring a mailing list signup form, a volunteer signup form (where applicable), and a donation box for their table. She also asks each organization to have a one-page handout sheet that includes the organization’s name, contact information, website and a brief answer to the following three questions:
• what is the organization’s mission?
• who is the target population served?
• and what are the current and upcoming needs of the organization?
Tables and tablecloths will be provided.  Participating organizations are asked to bring any additional material they may need, as well as fun holiday decorations for their tables.

Visitors are invited to donate time and/or money. These can be given in the spirit of the holidays, in the name of a loved one or of future generations, or on behalf the planet. For those who wish, Anna will have holiday cards for donors take and give to their loved ones, in which they can describe the donation they made in honor of their friend or family member.
During the event, there will be a silent auction to raise money for organizations and initiatives in rural communities outside of Ithaca. America is facing the hard truth that we are a nation divided along urban/suburban and rural lines, and this divide has kept us suffering socially, economically, environmentally, and emotionally. Raising money for our nearby rural communities is one way we can begin to heal this divide.  
Anna says: The golden age of organizing and activism has begun and we are all invited to take part in the change that we see needs to happen. It’s time to tear down walls and nurture the values of acceptance, mutual respect, and unity. True prosperity will only manifest when EVERYONE’s basic needs are met and EVERYONE has a voice at the table of revolution.

December 11th is just around the corner, of course, so we could really use your help to make this event a success!  The entire event is volunteer-driven with zero budget, so if you or someone you know is inspired, you can show your support not only by attending, but also promoting it among your friends, by volunteering to help set up or clean up, by donating finger food and snacks for participants, or bydonating for the silent auction table.
If you would like more information about the MatchUp event, you can visit the website or the facebook page where you will find and be able to share the facebook event.

If you know an organization that is oriented around local basic human needs, social and civil rights, or the environment, feel free to forward this bernletter to them and invite them to apply for a table. .
If you are able to volunteer or donate food, please send an email to If you are able to donate something for the silent auction, please fill out this form
We hope to see you and your friends at the Community MatchUp on December 11th!


3 Responses to “Ithaca Community MatchUp Sunday Dec. 11th, 2-5 pm”

  1. Candy on December 28th, 2016 6:11 am

    Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find out some additional information.

  2. bharrisonspny on December 28th, 2016 1:43 pm

    Would you please tell me the name of the video that you are looking for information about?


  3. Erika on June 27th, 2017 3:56 pm

    Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was looking for!