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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 88 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!


Our Spring Gumbo to Go Fundraiser has been 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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Visit Us

Center For Community
MacVittie College Union, Room 353
SUNY Geneseo
One College Circle
Phone: 585-245-5620

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Alternative Break Service Trips

 Livingston CARES has coordinated trips in 2020 to the Tampa, FL area, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and the Florida Keys. There is currently ONE SPOT left on our May trip to the Florida Keys. 

Trips run: Jan. 11 - 18, 2020; March 14 - 21, 2020; and May 16 - 23, 2020.

For more information on our 2020 trips, including how to register please visit: Livingston CARES Alternative Break Trips

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

Hurricane Recovery Fund

Livingston CARES has created a special fund to respond to the states and communities impacted by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. All donations to this fund will go to support efforts that will directly help low-income families recover from the damage caused by the hurricanes. Livingston CARES will work with local agencies in those locations to ensure that all donations are used wisely to help individuals and families recover from the hurricane. Donate now.

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