Meet Our Community Partners:

Center for Community | Coalition of Churches| Chamber of Commerce | County Government

Center for Community

Located within the Division of Student and Campus Life at SUNY Geneseo, the Center for Community provides vital administrative support to Livingston CARES operations. President Tom Matthews, Director of Leadership Education, Development, and Training, and Secretary Samantha Hebel, Coordinator of Volunteerism and Service-Learning were instrumental in coordinating student efforts post-Katrina. The Center for Community provides in-kind donations to CARES to assist with processing applications and recruiting participants. Livingston CARES thanks the Center for Community for its continual support. If you are interested in learning more about SUNY Geneseo's Center for Community, click here. ..[back to top]

Livingston County Coalition of Churches

The Livingston County Coalition of Churches (LCCC) continues to work in collaboration with Livingston CARES in a county-wide cooperative effort to respond to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Harrison County. It is the desire of Livingston CARES that the churches of Livingston County play a vital role in the recovery efforts.

Board member Lori McEvoy was actively involved in the "Tools of Hope" campaign, a program sponsored by the LCCC to collect needed tools for the many volunteer teams who have been helping with the recovery efforts. Several of our local churches participated in this project.

The next project as sponsored by the LCCC in cooperation with Livingston CARES is looking toward helping with Moore House. Moore House in Biloxi has helped the poorest of poor in Harrison County with educational opportunities for children, as well as many other programs. In addition, the Coalition of Churches and Livingston CARES is looking at needs at the local/county level using our community-based organization status to initiate programs and services which are not currently provided or available. [back to top]


Lori McEvoy, Program Coordinator


Livingston County Chamber of Commerce

Chamber President Cynthia Oswald was instrumental in making initial contact in Harrison County, Mississippi shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Since all five of the Southern Mississippi Chamber of Commerce offices were completely destroyed by Katrina, Oswald contacted local government agencies in Harrison County to offer our assistance. In late September, Pam Aldridge, the Harrison County, Mississippi Administrator, responded and directed Cynthia to then Harrison County District Five Supervisor, Connie Rockco. Connie accepted our offer to help with the Katrina recovery efforts and continues today to be the catalyst for our continued friendship with Harrison County. Oswald assisted in the drafting of a resolution from the Livingston County Board of Supervisors and the communication establishing the long-term relationship with Harrison County. Oswald participated in the formation of Livingston County CARES and continues to represent the Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Livingston CARES Board of Directors. Click here if you would like to know more about the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce. [back to top]

Livingston County, NY Government

Livingston County Government and the Village and Town of Geneseo

Livingston CARES is a collaborative effort between various villages and towns throughout Livingston County, including Geneseo, Avon, and Livonia. To continue its commitment to educate the community about our efforts, Livingston CARES participates in annual local events, such as Avon Old Tyme Days and the Geneseo Summer Festival. CARES has received the support of local chapters of Rotary and Kiwanis and the Garden Clubs in Geneseo and Livonia. We are grateful to all our supporters from this area. For a complete listing of our donors and supporters, please click here.

The Town and Village of Geneseo was involved in conversations with other community partners and organizations shortly after Katrina struck. Their commitment was solidified when a resolution was submitted by Geneseo Town Supervisor Wes Kennison, to the Livingston County Board of Supervisors on September 28, 2005 to support Livingston County CARES and to formally offer assistance to Harrison County, Mississippi. On October 12, 2005, this resolution was formally accepted by Harrison County Board of Supervisors. Kennison participated in the first January trip (2006) to Mississippi and serves on Livingston CARES' Board of Directors. On October 27, 2005, the Geneseo Village Board approved a resolution to participate in the Katrina relief activities of Livingston CARES.

In November 2005, Nick Mazza, Livingston County Administrator, circulated a list to all county department offices, urging the staff to consider donating surplus equipment to Harrison County. Mazza participated in the January 2009 trip to Biloxi.

Joan Ellison, Director of Health in Livingston County, serves on Livingston CARES Board of Directors, demonstrating the county government's commitment to CARES. Geneseo Mayor, Richard Hatheway; retired Livingston County Judge Jerry Alonzo; and current Geneseo Town Council Member Dan Dimpfl also serve on the CARES Board of Directors. [back to top]