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Livingston CARES Statement of Solidarity with the Black community

The Board of Directors of Livingston has created a statement of solidarity with the Black community in response to the murder of Mr. George Floyd and other acts of violence against people of color in America:

Statement of Solidarity 

As America and the world processes the tragic murder of Mr. George Floyd, and the countless other people of color who have experienced unwarranted violent policing and systemic racism, the board of directors of Livingston CARES is voicing its solidarity with the Black community. We are moved to speak out and pledge ourselves to actions that will help our communities heal through meaningful and systemic change for a more just and equitable society. 

Our humanitarian service over the past 15 years has provided hundreds of Geneseo students, faculty, staff, and community members, from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities, the opportunity to serve their fellow Americans in times of tragedy and crisis. While the physical work of Livingston CARES volunteers entails rebuilding communities damaged by natural disasters, the human impact goes beyond this material manifestation of service. The communities and people that are hardest hit, and have the most severe and lasting challenges long after the floodwaters have receded and the rubble is removed, are nearly always communities that struggle with generational poverty, political and social disenfranchisement, and institutional racism. 

We understand that this is a time for both reflection and action. We are committed to addressing the immediate needs of individuals and families after disasters strike and will redouble our efforts to address the root causes of inequality that exist in our communities. We will take the following four steps to best engage with this work: 

1. First, our board members will be undertaking implicit bias training this fall to help us understand our privilege and place in the systems of oppression. 

2. Second, we will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion training as part of our orientation process for all of our trip participants. 

3. Third, we renew our commitment to the social justice dimension of service trips by including educational programming about the history of the region and the lived experiences of the individuals who we serve. 

4. And fourth, we will be exploring service trips that expressly engage volunteers in actions and educational opportunities focused on anti-racism and inclusive community development. 

Through continued self-education, shared purpose, and collective action we seek to better serve our fellow Americans with love, empathy, and understanding. We are hopeful that in this time of pain that we can meet the moment and engage with folks in our Geneseo community and in communities across the United States to begin to dismantle the institutions that perpetuate oppression and racism. Together we will contribute to the process of rebuilding our communities, both physically and emotionally, and we are hopeful that over time our actions will build the trust that is necessary to engage in this transformative work. 

Adopted by the Livingston County CARES, Inc., Board of Directors on Monday, June 8, 2020 

What is Livingston CARES?

Livingston CARES is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting communities and individuals locally, regionally, nationwide, and globally in humanitarian projects, particularly focusing on disaster relief and recovery efforts. In September 2005, our organization began as a response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation along the Gulf Coast, establishing a relationship with the community in Biloxi, MS and sending our first volunteers in the spring of 2006.

Since our first trip in 2006, 1,491 volunteers have participated in 90 service trips to areas devastated by natural disasters including Biloxi, MS; Brooklyn, NY; Puerto Rico; The Florida Keys and Panhandle; and the Houston, TX region. Our volunteers have done it all---demolishing houses, installing sheetrock, painting, beautifying grounds at an elementary school, and everything in between. Learn more about our past work trips and volunteer experiences by accessing our trip reports!

 

Livingston CARES COVID-19 Front Line Workers Appreciation Project

The Board of Directors established this initiative to show our support and thanks for the individuals in our community who are keeping us safe and secure during this time. Donations will allow us to provide small tokens of thanks to front line and essential workers in the medical field (including all staff in facilities), public health and safety, food and goods distribution, and local social service providers.

A full report on our efforts can be found here: Livingston CARES COVID-19 Front Line Workers Appreciation Project Report

Follow this link to read the: Livingston County News story on our COVID-19 Front Line Workers Appreciation Project

For more information please contact cares@geneseo.edu.

Our Spring Gumbo to Go Fundraiser cancelled. Be on the lookout for 15th Anniversary events coming fall of 2020! 

Gumbo to Go is Livingston CARES bi-annual fundraiser that directly supports student scholarships for service trips. Enjoy a delicious dinner, take a night off from cooking & support Livingston CARES! Consider ordering extra dinners to freeze and take another night off in the coming weeks and months.

 

Gumbo to Go volunteers laughing

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Center For Community
MacVittie College Union, Room 353
SUNY Geneseo
One College Circle
Phone: 585-245-5620
Email: cares@geneseo.edu

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Alternative Break Service Trips

The remainder of our Alternative Break Service Trips for 2020 have been cancelled. We hope to be able to plan our trips for 2021!

Group of volunteers from our march trip to the Florida Keys


Geneseo Goes To Town has been cancelled. We will be sending out opportunities to the campus and community for how to stay engaged and volunteer remotely. 

Annually, students from SUNY Geneseo and community volunteers participate in service activities in almost every town and village in Livingston county in  "Geneseo Goes to Town." 

Students painting wooden slats blueStudents serving food at a soup kitchenStudents scraping paint on the side of a house


Donate to Livingston CARES

Individuals can donate to Livingston CARES' general operating fund or to support communities in Puerto Rico impacted by the recent hurricanes that devastated the island. Livingston CARES will work with local agencies Puerto Rico to ensure that all donations are used wisely to help individuals and families recover from the hurricane.Visit our Donate now page to contrinute.

Questions regarding Livingston CARES may be directed to President of the Board of Directors, Tom Matthews at matthews@geneseo.edu, Vice-President of the Board of Directors Nicholas Palumbo at palumbon@geneseo.edu / 585-245-6493, or board Secretary Garth Freeman at freemang@geneseo.edu / 585-245-5893.