Step up to Home Plate

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Cornell staff, faculty and Ithaca community members are invited to serve as host families through Home Plate, a program started in 2015 by Cornell Student Assembly’s City and Local Affairs Committee.

Home Plate connects Cornell students with the Ithaca community by matching small groups of students with local families for regular meetups, usually dinners hosted by the families. Organizers said dinners offer a great opportunity for both sides to learn about one another and establish meaningful relationships.

The program has been well-received by students and families. Inspired by a similar program at Washington University in St. Louis, Home Plate allows students to get off campus, have a home-cooked meal and find a home-away-from-home in Ithaca, and families report they enjoy engaging in conversations with students.

Email homeplate@cornell.edu with questions.