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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, work trips go to Biloxi and Staten Island/Long Island for one week's duration. It is our intention to expand our mission into the local area as other needs and projects are identified in the future.

Current Trips

Local (Livingston County, NY) Trips
Future Work Trips

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

Current Service Trips:

Some of the work that volunteers may be performing includes:

  • Used sledgehammers and crowbars to tear down and gut a two-story house
  • Measured and cut sheetrock and used power tools to install it
  • Mudded, taped, and sanded drywall
  • Primed and painted both the interior and exterior of a house

New Service Trip to Stony Point (Posted January 10, 2015)

Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21

Livingston CARES is offering up 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 multi faith 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 will build a deck on the campus of this center, while learning from conversation with participants in Stony Point’s interfaith/cross-cultural community. Members of these communities are available to provide formal evening programs or just talk over a meal. The fee for this trip will be $100.00 including travel by van, accommodations and meals.

Seven spaces are avaialbe for this trip on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on Tuesday, January 20. Registraton forms are available in the Center for Community in MacVittie 353. Checks made payable to Livingston CARES or cash will be accepted.

2015 Hurricane Sandy Downstate Service Trips

January 2015:
Sunday, January 11 to Saturday, January 17

Seven volunteers will work on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island  

This trip is filled.

March 2015:
Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21

Seven volunteers will work on houses in Massapequa Long Island.

This trip is filled.

May 2014:

Sunday, Mary 17 to Saturday, May 23

Seven volunteers will work on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island.

As of 1-10-15, 5 spaces remain available on this trip.

2015 Mississippi Service Trips

January 2015:
Sunday, January 11 to Saturday, January 17

Twenty-one volunteers will work on homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in the Biloxi area.

This trip is filled.

March Alternative Spring Break 2015:
Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 21

Twenty-one voutneers are booked for travel from Rochester to Gulfport and Biloxi and work on homes deamaged by Hurricane Katrina.

This trip has one space that has been offered to an individual on the wait list. Check this site for an status update.

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

Fourteen volunteers will work on homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in the Biloxi area. Fees for this trip will be posted when the airfares are confimred in mid January.

As of 1-10-15, 11 spaces remain available on this trip.

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 (Posted January 10, 2015)

Friday, Febraury 20 to Sunday, Febraury 22

Looking for a get- away volunteer opportunity, but one that is close to campus and only for a weekend?! From Friday February 20 to Sunday February 22, Livingston CARES offers an opportunity for service with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester. Students will stay at the Sisters’ retreat house, departing around 5PM Friday and getting back no later than noon on Sunday. On Saturday, students will be divided into three groups to work at either 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 have a retreat style weekend planned that also includes prayer, reflection, and free time! All faith backgrounds are welcom to participate. There are 12 spaces avaiable on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning on Tuesday, Janaury 20. The $20.00 fee includes meals, accommodations and carpooling from Geneseo. Regsitration forms are available online on this website and in the Cetner for Community in MacVittie 353..

As of 1-19-15, twelve volunteer spaces are avaialbe for this service trip.


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

 

Livingston CARES also offers 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 will leave on Saturday, March 14 and return on Saturday, March 21.

Some of the work students on this trip may perform includes:

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 will also engage in readings, lectures, and discussions during the week.

The trip will be 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.

GKTW

 

 

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 Genseo student groups with an organization in each town and village in Livingston County for a volunteer project on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Interested stuident organizaitons and groups and community organizations should contact Jon Macko at macko@geneseo.edu> at the SUNY Geneseo Volutneer 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]

 

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