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Frequently Asked Questions About the Biloxi Trips:

List of Questions:

Registering for a Trip:

Where can I find registration forms?
What does the cost of the trip include?
What are the due dates and deadlines for payment?
Where do I drop off my application and money?
How does financial aid work?
I signed up and paid my fees. Now what?

Working in Biloxi:

Do I need to be experienced or skilled in construction?
What kind of work will I be doing?
What is a typical day like?
Will I get to meet the homeowners?

Staying in Biloxi:

Where do we stay and what is it like?
What else will we be doing besides working?

Answers:

Where can I find registration forms?

A complete listing of registration forms for download can be found on our Registration and Forms page.
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What does the cost of the trip include?

The cost of the trip includes: your transportation, t-shirt, housing, and food for the week. Participants should not purchase their own plane tickets. We do recommend that you bring approximately $75 for food on the trip to and from Mississippi or souvenirs.
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What are the due dates and deadlines for payment?

The current year's deadlines are as follows:

January 2016 Trip:
Completed Application due: Trip will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning October 1, 2015.
Deposit of $100.00 must be submitted with application to hold a space on the trip.
Complete Payment due: November 1, 2015.

March 2016 Trip:
Completed Application due: Trip will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning October 1, 2015.
Deposit of $100.00 must be submitted with application to hold a space on the trip.
Complete Payment due: December 1, 2015

May 2016 Trip:
Completed Application due: Trip will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning October 1, 2015.
Deposit of $100.00 must be submitted with application to hold a space on the trip.
Complete Payment due: March 1, 2016


Where do I drop off my application and money?

MacVittie College Union, Room 353 (Center for Community) between Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:15 P.M. Other arrangements may be possible if you are not able to stop by the office. [back to top]


How does financial aid work?

First, obtain an application by either:

  • Stopping by MacVittie Union Room 353 to pick up an application
  • E-mailing Tom Matthews matthews@geneseo.edu

Financial aid is offered to students who demonstrate need. Once you turn in your application, the Livingston CARES Scholarship and Grants Commitee will review your application and notify you by email on the status of your application.

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I signed up and paid my fees. Now what?

  1. Spend some time looking at the Back Bay Mission website, http://www.thebackbaymission.org/ and this CARES website.
  2. Attend orientation. Orientation sessions will be held in December for the January trip, in late February for the March trip, and in early May for the May trip. The orientation sessions will cover what to expect, what to bring, and will give you a chance to meet others on the trip.
  3. Check your email! This is the easiest way for Livingston CARES to communicate with you about any changes in departure time or last-minute items. When you sign up, please provide your Geneseo e-mail or the e-mail you will check regularly. [back to top]

Do I need to be experienced or skilled in construction?

No! The sites have supervisors and experienced AmeriCorps members who teach you how to do everything. They're also there if you need to ask questions once you have started a project.
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What kind of work will I be doing?

We will not know for certain about the we will be doing until a few days before each trip. Projects are constantly progressing and in various stages of completion, so the work often changes every week and sometimes daily. Work we have done in the past included: demolition, site preparation, scrapping and prepping for painting, hanging drywall, mudding, painting interior/exterior of a house, cleaning, roofing, installing windows and doors, cement work, insulation of interior walls, installing siding, building patios, laying floors, installing cabinets and fixtures, seeding lawns, and even fixing mistakes of previous volunteers. Site supervisors will give instruction and help you learn new skills. You will never be expected to do something you feel uncomfortable doing such as working on a roof.
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What is a typical day like?

Here is the daily schedule that we generally follow while on our trip:

6:30 - 7:45   Rise, eat breakfast, make lunch
8:00   Leave for work sites (about 15 minutes away)
8:15 - 4:30   Work, minus 1 hour for lunch
5:00   Free time (showers, computers, hanging out)
6:00   Dinner at Back Bay Mission
6:00 -10:00   Free time (showers, computers, hanging out)
10:00   Lights Out


Will I get to meet the homeowners?

Most likely. The place that we get our work from, Back Bay Mission, strongly encourages the homeowners to visit the volunteer groups each week to share their story. Some homeowners' schedules allow them to stay and visit more than others, but all very much appreciate our work. [back to top]

Where do we stay and what is it like?

This year we will be staying at Back Bay Mission, operated by the United Church of Christ. All Livingston CARES trips have used faith-based facilities because these organizations have been the only agencies that offer clean, safe, and reasonably prices facilities for volunteer work trip participants. Back Bay Mission is located on the north back bay of Biloxi. It is a comfortable and clean place to stay. Guests may use the Internet, watch television, and use the recreational facilities.Sleeping accommodations will be in rooms with multiple bunk beds. For more information and to see pictures of the Back Bay Mission, please visit their website: http://www.thebackbaymission.org/ [back to top]

What else will we be doing besides working?

As a group, we go out to eat at the Shed once while we are in Biloxi. It is a BBQ place and a Livingston CARES tradition. Usually people go to the nearby casinos (Beau Rivage and the Hard Rock Casino). No one under 21 is permitted inside the casino areas. Each trip will include one or more special events such as a house dedication, a picnic with homeowners, an informational session with county and city officials, or a bonfire on the beach at sunset. [back to top]

 
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