Director's Welcome:

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Livingston County CARES website!

Dr. Tom Matthews is Chair of the Board of Directors. Livingston CARES was organized in 2005 as a humanitarian organization dedicated to Hurricane Katrina and other relief and recovery efforts. Since September 2005, over 700 volunteers from SUNY Geneseo and Livingston County, New York have participated in twenty-five work trips to the Biloxi and Gulfport area of Mississippi to help rebuild homes and assist community organizations affected by this hurricane. Our volunteers have contributed over 241,000 hours of serves and our donors have provided over $50,000 to assist with projects and trip expenses.

Livingston CARES established a fund on November 2, 2012 to assist in the relief and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Currently, we are in the planning stages for organizing volunteer work-trips downstate to assist families and communities recover from the devastation caused by the late October storm. Watch for campus emails and check this website for updates on work trips and volunteer projects related to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Livingston CARES is a unique community partnership among representatives from SUNY Geneseo, the Town and Village of Geneseo, the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, the Livingston County Coalition of Churches and the Livingston County Administrator and Board of Supervisors formed a collaboration dedicated to helping in the recovery efforts. Livingston CARES is a non-profit charitable humanitarian organization and is registered with the State of New York Charities Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. In addition to our work in Mississippi, CARES will also assist other humanitarian organizations as needed and as volunteers and resources become available.

Our efforts continue to be focused on providing assistance to the people of Harrison County, Mississippi and we have three work trips to Mississippi scheduled for 2013. Click here if you are interested in registering for a trip or would like to learn more about what to expect on a trip.

In addition to information on trips and programs, our website serves as a record of past trips with hundreds of photos of volunteers working in Mississippi and comments from participants on how their lives have changed as a result of helping others.

If you would like to make a donation, checks should be made payable to "Livingston CARES" and sent to our address. Donations may also be designated for specific projects such as the Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me at matthews@geneseo.edu or call me at (585)-245-5857 if you have questions or would like additional information about Livingston CARES.

Thank you very much for your continued support,

Dr. Tom Matthews
Chair, Board of Directors, Livingston County CARES