Southside Community Center works to affirm, empower, and foster the development of self-pride among the African American citizens of greater Ithaca.


Southside is Hiring!

By Southside Pride | November 6, 2020

Deadline: Friday November 27, 2020 RIBs Program Manager Job Description:  Southside Community Center is seeking a part-time Program Manager who will maintain the historical legacy of RIBs while moving the program forward in a pandemic and post-pandemic reality.  The Program Manager will be responsible for overall program development and implementation and will report directly to…

Southside Community Center is NOT Closing!

By Southside Pride | September 28, 2020

 Southside Community Center is NOT Closing! A Letter from Dr. Nia Nunn- Southside Community Center Board of Directors Chair I’m writing in response to the extraordinary public outcry surrounding the brief PAUSING of Southside Community Center’s programs and operations. Let me clarify. Southside is NOT closing. We are on PAUSE. We are not in an extreme fiscal…

June Recommended Readings

By Southside Pride | June 13, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning (Hardcover) More information from Buffalo Street Books Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (Paperback) More information from Buffalo Street Books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational…

Virtual Juneteenth Celebration 2020 -Southside Community Center “Filling in the Gaps-Black Consciousness”

By Southside Pride | May 22, 2020

Virtual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 13th, beginning at 12 noon It is that time of year again! Southside Community Center is gearing up to VIRTUALLY celebrate our annual Juneteenth Festival! This year’s theme is ” Filling in the Gaps-Black Consciousness.” To prioritize the health and well-being of our families, employees, partners, and communities, we…

Ithaca community welcomes new director of Southside at Kwanzaa Celebration

By Southside Pride | January 7, 2020

ITHACA, N.Y. — Dr. Tammy Butler, of Rochester, N.Y., was formally welcomed as the new executive director of Southside on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the community center’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration. https://ithacavoice.com/2020/01/ithacas-southside-community-center-welcomes-new-executive-director-at-kwanzaa-celebration/

Introducing our new executive director, Dr. Tammy Butler

By Southside Pride | November 11, 2019

Southside Community Center Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tammy Butler to serve as the next executive director of Southside Community Center. Dr. Butler brings more than 10 years of nonprofit experience, a strong leadership track record, extensive expertise in organizational development, donor relations, operations and fiscal management to the executive director…

Playing While Black:

By Southside Pride | September 12, 2019

Playing While Black – Flier Playing While Black – Leisure Sciences

Southside Community Center Responds to Ithaca Times Attempt at Degradation

By Southside Pride | August 13, 2019

The current Ithaca Times article is filled with inaccuracies, for starters, Dr. Nia Nunn’s appropriate title as a tenured Associate Professor at Ithaca College and Board Chair at Southside Community Center was not communicated in the paper. We, the members of the Southside Community Center Board of Directors, vehemently dispute the claims under investigation that…

104 Community Members to See Black Panther

By Southside Pride | February 28, 2018

On February 18th we bought out an entire theatre at Regal Cinema and took 104 community members to see Black Panther. Initiated by our DJ friends Spirit Posse we led an amazing fundraising campaign and secured enough funds to purchase movie tickets, pizza, costume making supplies and a school bus. In preparation for this amazing…

The Girls Who Spun Gold

By Southside Pride | March 27, 2017

In January of 2017 Nydia Blas was named the Acting Executive Director of Southside Community Center. Nydia is mother, lifelong Ithaca resident, and a visual artist who works primarily with photography. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. With her photographic…

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are living and working through difficult times and things are changing quickly. One thing that has not changed is the commitment of the Southside Community Center to serve the people in our community.

As an essential organization, our Food Pantry program is still operating at 305 South Plain Street on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 2 pm-5 pm and every Saturday between 12 pm-2 pm. If you need information on additional food resources or mental wellness support services, please see the resource links below.

Tompkins Area Food Resources:


Managing Anxiety about the Coronavirus: 

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a Licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia shares 7 tips to help manage your anxiety related to the coronavirus.


Mental Wellness Supports and Community Resources for youth and families:

A mental health hotline is available to support you during this time. Please call the New York State hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations, and referrals to a provider. See the link below for Tompkins County resources.


Don’t Forget the Census- it’s quick and easy:

The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. The 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters, or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.


Educational Encouragement:

Reading is FUN! Finding the Fun in Reading | Taleah Elliott | TEDxRochester


Community News: Tompkins Earth Day 2020:

Earth Day 2020 web page and Facebook Event page are now live, and preparations for our Tompkins County area celebration continue apace. Over 30 presenters and performers are expected for the event on Wednesday, April 22nd, beginning at 2pm.



Please feel free to contact our office at (607) 273-4190 between 10 am-2 pm Monday -Friday if you need assistance connecting to additional resources.

In Good Health,

Southside Staff