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We’re working to make Tompkins great!

We are an integral part of the Tompkins County community. That is why we believe our role involves more than growing businesses and keeping the community informed. It involves continually working to make our communities healthier, happier and safer places for those who reside and visit here. We value the partnerships that we have with nonprofit organizations in our community, and we work hard to help them in their efforts. Our employees serve as volunteers or board members for dozens of community organizations, including Longview, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, service organizations and many others.

Every year, we provide thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to assist nonprofit organizations through two main channels:

Gannett Foundation: A philanthropic foundation sponsored by Gannett. The Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities across Central New York and other Gannett influenced communities. In 2012, the Gannett Foundation made grants and matched employee donations to nonprofits for a total of $6.9 million.

Make A Difference Day: Millions of people and many businesses come together on the fourth Saturday in October to participate in Make A Difference Day. It is the largest national day of helping others and is sponsored by Gannett’s USA WEEKEND and its carrier newspapers, including The Ithaca Journal. Each year, Journal employees and their family members volunteer on a common initiative to help our neighbors in need.

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