Volunteer Opportunities:

Livingston CARES would like YOU to join us on our next work trip! Volunteers provide the strength, effort, and energy in rebuilding homes and communities. Currently, service trips go to Biloxi,Mississipp;, Staten Island/Long Island; and Stony Point, New York for one week's duration. We also offer a Weekend of Service in Rochester in February and the Geneseo Goes to Town Day of Service in April.

Current Trips
Local (Livingston County, NY) Trips
Future Work Trips

We need your time and energy to help rebuild Biloxi, Mississippi.

Current Service Trips: Spring 2015 Trips

Trip to Stony Point

Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21

Livingston CARES offered an opportunity for the first time this year to visit and work at a center committed to interfaith dialogue. In this divided and contentious age, the Stony Point Center (http://stonypointcenter.org/multifaith-community#.VJheIZ0AAA) has made a unique commitment to inter-religious dialogue, and part of that commitment is housing a multifaith community on its grounds. The Community of Living Traditions is composed of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian members who eat, live, and work together. Livingston CARES Volunteers worked on several consturciton projects on the campus of this center, while learning from conversation with participants in Stony Point’s interfaith/cross-cultural community. Members of these communities were available to provide formal evening programs or just talk over a meal. The fee for this trip was $100.00 including travel by van, accommodations and meals.

Five volunteers participated in this service trip.

2015 Hurricane Sandy Downstate Service Trips

January 2015:
Sunday, January 11 to Saturday, January 17
Seven volunteers worked on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island  

March 2015:
Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21
Seven volunteers worked on a home in Massapequa Long Island.

May 2014:

Sunday, Mary 17 to Saturday, May 23
Seven volunteers will work on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island.

As of 4-06-15, 2 spaces remain available for this trip.

2015 Mississippi Service Trips

January 2015:
Sunday, January 11 to Saturday, January 17
Twenty-one volunteers worked on home projects in Gulfport and Biloxi, MIssissippi.

March Alternative Spring Break 2015:
Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21
Twenty-one vounteers participated in this trip and worked on homes in Biloxi, Mississippi.

May 2015:
Sunday, May 17 to Saturday, May 23

Fourteen volunteers will work on home projects udner the supervision of Back Bay Mission in Biloxi. The fees for this trip is $585.00 per person. We need a minimum of 10 volutneers to fly on Sunday, May 17 from Rochester to New Orleans and from New Orleans back to Rochester on May 23. Arrangements are alo possible for 4 other volunteers to fly from other locations.

As of 4-06-15, this trip is filled.

Click here for more information on what to expect, where we stay, and general FAQ. Click here for trip registration and application forms.
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2015 Weekend of Service in Rochester Trip

Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22

From Friday February 20 to Sunday February 22, Livingston CARES offered an opportunity for service with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester. Students stayed at the Sisters’ retreat house, departing at 5 pm Friday and returning to campus on Sunday. On Saturday, students divided into three groups and worked at Bethany House, Mary’s Place, or Morning Star. Bethany House is a homeless shelter for women and children, Mary’s Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center, and Morning Star is a foster care home for children with physical/emotional needs. The Sisters planned a retreat that also included prayer, reflection, and free time! All faith backgrounds are welcome to participate in these trips.The $20.00 fee included meals, accommodations and carpooling from Geneseo.

2015 Service Trip: Orlando, Florida during March Spring Break (This trip is filled)

Livingston CARES offered an alternative break trip to Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) near Orlando (Kissimmee), FL. GKTW is a non-profit organization that partners with wish-granting organizations (like the Make-A-Wish Foundation) to provide a respite vacation for children with life-threatening illnesses (and their families). The trip left on Saturday, March 14 and returned on Saturday, March 21.

Work performed included:

o Serving meals and scooping ice cream
o Operating rides and supervising attractions in the Village
o Providing child-care and babysitting for a parent respite
o Participate in evening entertainment programs in the Village
o Equine therapy and work projects such as painting and small repair

Students also engaged in readings, lectures, and discussions during the week.

The trip was led by Dr. David Parfitt, Director, Teaching and Learning Center
Contact: parfittd@geneseo.edu; Milne 214; 245-5336

This trip is filled with 12 volunteers.




Local Work Trips:

Time and time again, we hear from volunteers returning from work trips "How can I stay involved after my week in Biloxi?" It is in our mission to aid in humanitarian efforts, and this includes local projects. We are planning to expand in the Livingston County area to keep our volunteers involved!

In the spring, "Geneseo Goes to Town" will involve matching SUNY Geneseo student groups with an organization in each town and village in Livingston County for a volunteer project on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Interested student organizations and groups and community organizations should contact Jon Macko at <macko@geneseo.edu> at the SUNY Geneseo Volunteer Center to schedule the work day projects.

Don't have a whole week to give? Already have plans for Spring Break? If you are interested in volunteering, we suggest using the resources of SUNY Geneseo Volunteer Center. On their page you will find local, short-term, or ongoing volunteer projects in a variety of areas-- from Habitat for Humanity, to HEROS mentoring, and working with children. www.volunteer.geneseo.edu [back to top]


Future Work Trips:

We are currently in the process of developing other alternative work trip opportunities for both students and community members.

If your organization is interested in collaborating on a work trip, please contact us. [back to top]