December 15, 2011


(An annual story...)

People often seem to make their donations at the end of the year, both for holiday and tax reasons. This is a list of organizations in Dryden that could take donations. I believe, though I'm not entirely certain, that these are non-profit organizations, and therefore tax-exempt, but I could be wrong. Check with the organization if you have a question about that.

This year I'd like to feature two non-profits whose scope is larger than Dryden, but whose work helps ensure that Dryden's natural beauty stays with us - and healthy - for years to come.

The first, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, focuses on water, the many channels that flow above ground and below to Cayuga Lake. Dryden is filled with creeks and wetlands, as well as steep slopes we need to protect from erosion. Though the southwestern corner of Dryden flows to the Susquehanna river, Six Mile Creek and Cascadilla Creek have their headwaters here, and Fall Creek drains much of the town. They've been active in the fracking conversation, where protecting water is a key part of the discussion. You can find them at:

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
170 Main Street POB 348
Aurora NY 13026

The Finger Lakes Land Trust focuses on the land more than the water, but it often tries to find important pieces of land next to water. It's worked to convey the Parke-Dabes Natural Area above 366 to the Town, as well as the Campbell Meadow at the intersection of Pinckney and Lower Creek Roads. Over the past few years, they've protected 52 acres in Freeville, expanded the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve, protected land along Six Mile Creek, and most recently preserved 12 acres on Fall Creek. You can find them at:

Finger Lakes Land Trust
202 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

I've posted a list of churches earlier, and I'm sure they'd all happily accept donations, with the exception of Ellis Hollow Community Church, which closed a few years ago.

Other possible Dryden organizations for donations include:

  • Bethel Grove Community Center
    1825 Slaterville Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Dryden Community Center Cafe
    P.O. 801
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Dryden Go-Green Team
    c/o Dryden Elementary School (checks payable to Dryden Elementary School)
    P.O. Box 88
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Dryden Kitchen Cupboard
    Tompkins County Food Pantry
    800 Enfield Falls Road
    Newfield, NY 14867

  • Dryden Town Historical Society
    36 West Main Street
    P.O. Box 69
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Dryden Veterans Memorial Home
    2272 Dryden Road
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund
    Make checks out to Community Foundation of Tompkins County/DYOF
    P.O Box 1076
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Ellis Hollow Community Center
    111 Genung Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Etna Community Center
    P.O. Box 425
    Etna, NY 13062

  • Freeville Food Pantry
    Freeville United Methodist Church
    PO Box 229
    Freeville, NY 13068

  • Neptune Hose Company & Dryden Ambulance
    26 North Street
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
    P.O. Box 6607
    Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Southworth Library Association
    P.O. Box 45
    Dryden, NY 13053

  • Tompkins County SPCA
    1640 Hanshaw Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Varna Community Association
    PO Box 4771
    Ithaca, NY 14852-4771

  • Varna Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
    14 Turkey Hill Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850

  • W.B. Strong Fire Company
    21 Union Street
    PO Box 129
    Freeville, NY 13068

  • Willow Glen Cemetery Association
    P.O. Box 299
    Dryden, NY 13053-0299

If you have additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments. I'm guessing I missed a few as always. (And thanks to everyone who's helped me add to the list!)

Posted by simon at December 15, 2011 12:12 PM in
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